What's a guy to do when his comic alter ego has run its course and his films
have become the butt of jokes?
In Pauly Shore's case, when the public popped his "Weasel" act, he called up
some famous friends, dug deep into his bank account and made a movie
lampooning his long, strange, goofy trip.
"The fans are going to have to step outside the 'Weasel' box," Shore said of
his latest project, "You'll Never Wiez in This Town Again." "The people that
never liked my stuff are going to really like [this] because I am totally
"Wiez" is a fictionalized take on what became of Shore after the
cancellation of "Pauly," his short-lived real-life 1997 television sitcom.
Written, directed, produced and financed by Shore, who also stars, "You'll
Never Wiez in This Town Again" contains enough cameos to fill 10 movies,
including appearances from Dr. Dre, Ja Rule, Jerry Springer, Andy Dick,
Carson Daly, Chris Rock and a ridiculously long list of others.
"I just figured if you're going to do this, these days it's so hard to have
a hit and you get one shot," Shore said. "I just wanted to protect myself
[by including all of the cameos] and make it hater-proof. ... All these
people pay homage to me by being in my movie. These people really got my
stuff, and all the critics never really did. The fact that Sean Penn did a
part in there for me he gets my stuff, you know?"
Pauly first emerged in the stand-up comedy scene, where he perfected a
lame-brained surferlike character called "The Weasel" that was loved by some
and loathed by more as it evolved into the central component of MTV's
"Totally Pauly" show. Shore made a series of dimwitted comedies throughout
the '90s including "Son in Law," "In the Army Now," "Jury Duty" and
"Bio-Dome" that brought him some commercial success despite massive
amounts of critical revulsion. After his failed sitcom attempt, "The Wiez"
all but disappeared, resurfacing briefly in the occasional Limp Bizkit
Shore admits he was pretty depressed while crafting his comeback project. "I
wrote in a place where I knew 'The Weasel' and the whole run of the whole
thing was over. I wanted to make fun of it in a way that wasn't too personal
but in a way everyone can relate to, going up and down."
Shore loses everything in the film, eventually resorting to parking cars at
Los Angeles' Comedy Store after selling his house to Carrot Top. He's
visited by the ghost of late comedian Sam Kinison (his "comedy mentor") and
fakes his own death, hoping that he too will be remembered as a comic
"I get caught, and I get thrown in L.A. County [Jail]," Shore said. "I pass
by Tommy Lee and Heidi Fleiss and that's when I get to my cell and Todd
Bridges is there. He's giving me career advice."
Once it's finished, Shore plans to take "Wiez" on the independent film
circuit, hoping that "[if] Miramax puts it out in the right way, it will
snowball into something like Kevin Smith is doing."
"The tone of it, I'm trying to make it like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' or Woody
Allen," Shore explained. "Very real. I want it to be the best thing I've
ever done. ... I'm focusing on the movie so I can position myself so I can
start directing more and just rebuilding myself. Stranger things have