Jason Sudeikis is obviously no stranger to the pressures of live TV. On Sunday, he’ll join a long list of “Saturday Night Live” stars who’ve hosted the MTV Movie Awards that includes Andy Samberg, Jimmy Fallon, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers and Dennis Miller.
Nevertheless, Sudeikis told us he’ll be psyching himself up in the mirror in the moments before the show. Standing backstage with his “Horrible Bosses” co-star Jason Bateman shortly after an MTV News screening and Q&A of their comedy at the Pacific Design Center on Wednesday night, Sudeikis even offered to demonstrate some of the things he’ll be telling himself before the big show.
“Remember to keep your eyes open, Jason! Nobody likes a mumbler. And, uh, ’Got your nose!’ It’s like my catchphrase to myself. ’Got your nose!’ ”
“With a little wink?” Bateman asked. “He’s adorable!”
All kidding aside, Bateman was confident that his buddy won’t need any extra coaching. “He doesn’t need any advice. This guy’s been good on his feet for years and years, that’s why he has the best job in show business on ’SNL.’ You people at MTV are very lucky to have him.”
“We’ve kept a tight group,” Sudeikis said of his preparation process. “I’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of my friends and co-workers from ’SNL’ helping out and they had a great group out here [in Los Angeles]. Mark Burnett [the event producer] has been my boss in regards to this, and I’ve spoken with him twice and he’s been nice. No ’horrible bosses’ at this point.”
“Just don’t be hungover,” Bateman said, turning his eyes to Sudeikis. “Be all you. Just make sure you’re there and well rested, angel,” he added.
Then he went in for a kiss (you have to watch the video).
So what can we expect from the show?
“I bet people will be screaming after certain movies are named,” Sudeikis offered. “I bet it will run exactly on time and I bet that … It’s very difficult [to predict]. Well, probably, I bet someone dies.”
Bateman smiled. “That’s great! Tune in for some good death, Sunday night, MTV!”
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