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Director: ‘Slammin’ Salmon’ Goes Back to Indie Roots

By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 08 Apr 2010

The Broken Lizard troupe — composed of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske — sees its fifth film hit DVD April 13 with the release of The Slammin’ Salmon.

Director Heffernan said this one is closer to Super Troopers in nature, as opposed to Beerfest and Club Dread, because Broken Lizard gets back to its independent roots.
“What’s cool about it is we shot it like we shot Super Troopers,” he said. “It’s a low-budget comedy movie that’s straight down the middle in its humor.”

Shot in a mere 25 days, Salmon follows the mayhem that ensues when a restaurant staff is given a contest by their giant and terrifying boss: Whoever sells the most food in one night wins $10,000. The loser gets an ass kicking.

“It was almost like it was a set production, shot like a stage play,” Heffernan said.

Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile), Morgan Fairchild (The Seduction), Will Forte (“Saturday Night Live”) and Vivica A. Fox (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”) all make cameo appearances.

“I think this is one of the funniest things [Duncan] has ever done,” Heffernan said. “All the cameos were amazing. We were lucky to have them.”

In addition to DVD ($29.98), Anchor Bay Entertainment also saw fit to release Salmon on Blu-ray Disc ($34.98). Included are two commentaries, a trailer and a lengthy featurette.

“We tried doing a commentary with all five of us,” Heffernan said. “That was way too hard, because we just sat around and made fun of each other. We split it up into two instead.”


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