Bollywood Hero: The Revenge of Chris Kattan
In the show, you say the two of you used to date? Is that true?
Kattan: That is true, but like 15 years ago.
People may not realize this film has a true Bollywood pedigree.
Kattan: The musical numbers in our thing are choreographed by this guy Longi[nus Fernandes] who did the Slumdog Millionaire "Jai Ho" dance. We had the some of the same filmmakers as well, who did Slumdog, so we were really in great hands. It's kinda cool, the first week of production, they won the Oscar, so the whole crew's like, "Yaaay!" You know, it's like, "Wow, this is really cool! Aaaaand back to filming you, Chris." But Michael Penn and Amy Mann performed the five new songs that they wrote for this show, so that's different, the big, lavish musical numbers that we have on the show. They're big and lavish, but there's a cool edginess to them. It's not a spoof.
What other projects do you have coming up?
Kattan: Tanner Hall is the one that Amy Sedaris and I did that's going to be in the Toronto Film Festival that came out really well. The Middle is a show that I'm starting in two days for ABC from the people who did Pushing Daisies and Weeds, and I play Patricia Heaton's best friend on that. That's a single-camera comedy but no laugh track, which is nice. And there's a few other things. They all came out pretty well, but right now I'm especially proud of Bollywood Hero. I think it came out really, really good. Did you get a chance to watch it?
I've watched the first two episodes, and I'm partway through the third.
Kattan: It's good, right?
I like it a lot!
Kattan: It's a surprise. Some people are skeptical because they're used to seeing me on Saturday Night Live, and I think the marketing of this is very good, but you might think it's about me trying to be a dancer in Bollywood, which is part of it, but there's a lot of other elements in the show. It's played real. If it comes out funny, it's funny; if it's not, it isn't. I don't think there's a heavy tone to it, it was just really intense to shoot and do, you know? It's a different thing shooting for 10 weeks in India as opposed to on a set on stage pretending you're in India. I just hope people enjoy it, and I think they will. It's good to do something that's strong and good television. And we're getting great reviews, so that's nice.