Raw's loudmouth meets USA's psychic
In the latest Superstar to Superstar, Mr. Kennedy catches up with James Roday, star of USA Network's hit comedy-drama, Psych, which returns with all new episodes this Friday, Jan. 11. So just what transpires when Raw's resident loudmouth meets USA's resident fake psychic? Let's just say Mr. Kennedy isn't exactly pleased when he hears Roday's favorite WWE Superstar is from ECW. Read on…
James Roday: Hey, Kennedy. What's happening, man?
Mr. Kennedy: How you doing, man?
J: Happy New Year to you.
K: Hey, you too. Did you do anything exciting for the big day?
J: It was pretty low-key, man. Last year I was in New York with a whole bunch of people in a high-rise. This year it was just my girlfriend and I, and like four other people, at her house in West Los Angeles. It was low-end.
K: I saw the ball drop, and that was that. Well, I have some questions for you. So the rest of Season Two of Psych premieres this month on USA [January 11]. As a WWE Superstar, why should I tune in?
J: You know, I play a character that's every bit as competent as Mr. Kennedy is. And I think you'll probably be able to appreciate the fact that this guy thinks he can accomplish anything at any time. No mountain is too tall to climb. He thinks he's smarter than everybody and he thinks he can pretty much work anybody into doing what he needs them to do. So I think that you can appreciate it, and it's just really, really silly, and stupid, and easy to laugh at.
K: So does he think these things or does he know these things? Because personally, I know these things, you know?
J: He knows them. He knows them.
K: So you play a fake psychic on TV. How do I know you're not faking this interview?
J: There are two reasons. No. 1, I have nothing to hide. No. 2, if you found out that I was faking and put me in some kind of maneuver, my fear is that I would disintegrate almost immediately. I mean, I think one sunset flip or back-drop, that would be it for me. I'm one and out. So I'm not willing to risk that.
K: All right, cool. That's good to know. So other than because it's on the USA Network -- the home of Raw -- why would WWE fans like Psych? What's the crossover?
J: I think what's great about both our shows is that you don't necessarily have to put on your thinking cap to enjoy the show. People work hard all week, and I think it's nice to have shows where you just come home, prop your feet up, zone out and just be entertained. That's what Psych does, and I believe that is what WWE does, as well.
K: Yeah. There's a little something for everybody, too.
J: Yeah, there is. It's amazing. The fans that I meet when I'm out and about, the net that we've managed to cast with the show, it never ceases to amaze me. I'll have a 12-year-old girl run up to me and then a 58-year-old guy, like, in the same shopping center. It's pretty cool that way.
K: Yeah. So tell me about this movie called Gravy that you're directing. What the hell kind of movie is that, Gravy?!
J: Gravy is a really dark comedy about the employees of a Mexican restaurant who get stuck with some customers that turn out to be a lot more devious than they let on. You know, it gets pretty gory, and it's a pretty nasty night.
K: It's a slasher film?
J: Yeah, you know, it's a slasher film the way that American Psycho was a slasher film. I consider American Psycho a comedy movie. But yeah, there's lots of blood. It's coming from every direction.
K: Very cool. So I hear you're a big WWE fan, and you particularly like ECW Superstar Big Daddy V. What's so special about him, and why, oh why, aren't you a big fan of Mr. Kennedy? That's what I want to know.
J: Well, you know what? I am a fan of Mr. Kennedy. I would say I'm more fascinated by Big Daddy V than I am necessarily a huge fan of Big Daddy V. He simply threw on the double-strapped unitard … and now he's some sort of fearsome, fighting, wrecking machine.
K: He just shows off the nipples a little bit more and gets a lot more action.
J: He does! It's all there. There's a lot of Big Daddy V, man. There's a lot of him.
J: I sort of rediscovered WWE in the last five years. I was a huge fan when I was a kid, and I took a 20-year sabbatical. Then I sort of came back and caught an episode of Raw. I'm up in Vancouver where we shoot the show, and there's not a lot of stuff to watch, and before I knew it, man, I was, like, looking forward to Monday nights again.
K: What other stuff right now catches your eye?
J: I'm a sports fanatic. It's hard for me to commit to the weekly, episodic nature of television, so for me, anytime that I can put a game on, that's what I do.
K: All right, man, that's all I got.
J: Dude, that was cool. I got mad respect for what you guys do.
K: I look forward to seeing the show. I haven't seen it yet, and I don't get much time to watch a whole lot of TV, but I have TiVo at home, and I'll definitely start TiVoing it and check it out.
J: Yeah, give it a shot, man. It's silly.
K: I like silly. Like you said before, where you shut the brain off and just watch TV. I think that's why reality TV is so entertaining nowadays. You don't have to think; you just look at other people.
J: It's true. Zero thinking involved. I like to think we're a little smarter than reality TV.
K: Yeah, hopefully. Well, man, it was great talking to you.
J: You too, man. Take care of yourself, stay healthy.
K: Yeah, you too.