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The Chris Kattan Interview

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.

You said you start shooting The Middle in two days. Will you be getting more screen time than you did in the pilot?
Kattan:
I didn't have much in the pilot, but when I got back from India, they picked it up for 13 episodes, and now they've made me a series regular, which is nice.

Is the Life of the Party film project where you play Buster Keaton still happening?
Kattan:
Yeah, we're just waiting on a good script, as far as I know. I hope I don't get too old to play it. I'm a huge, huge fan of Keaton's. I think he's brilliant. As I say in Bollywood Hero, I think that he was more of a pioneer than Chaplin. I think Chaplin's amazing, but much more overhyped than Keaton was. Not that this is a competitive business, because it certainly isn't. [Laughs.] As I laugh. But I think Keaton's fantastic.

Catch the first episode of Bollywood Hero tonight at 10 PM on IFC, with Part 2 airing tomorrow and the conclusion airing on Saturday. And see the trailer below!

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