'I'm Expecting To Sweep'

Usually those nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards, the "anti-Oscars," stew in silence and hope nobody will notice. (Sylvester Stallone, winner of more Razzies than anyone, has never commented on his notoriety.) But this year's top nominee has a different reaction. Hollywood funny man Tom Green's outrageous film "Freddy Got Fingered" is up for a eight awards (including worst picture, worst actor, worst screen couple and worst screenplay). And he actually seems happy about it. Green even plans to attend the awards ceremony. When he wins-and how could he not?-he'll be only the third nominee to accept a Razzie in 19 years. Green spoke with NEWSWEEK's Adam Piore about his acheivement.

NEWSWEEK: What was your reaction to the news that you'd been nominated for so many Razzies?

Tom Green: It's an exciting time for me. I don't win a lot of awards. I'm expecting to sweep.

And I understand you are going to attend the ceremony.

Absolutely. When I watch award shows and the recipient does not show up, I personally feel it appears a little arrogant. And I'm not an arrogant person. I'm proud of my movie and all of the acclaim it's garnered me. It's an honor. It's nominated for best friggin' picture!

Actually it's nominated for worst picture.

Well, I'm not sure about the details.... Regardless, I'm going to have an award. We just opened up an office and we have all these shelves and we want to have a little trophy case. You know like when you walk into Hollywood studios and they have all their trophies up?

Only two people have ever attended before, Bill Cosby [for "Leonard Part Six"] and Paul Verhoeven, the director of "Showgirls."

I'm in with good company.... I'm a big Bill Cosby fan. I'm surprised more people don't accept. The reality of it is this: I made kind of a crazy movie and it's exciting for me that it's still getting talked about. It could have just come and went. Instead, it's gained this acclaim. It's exciting. Here I am talking to NEWSWEEK right now about "Freddy Got Fingered." We wrote the thing for a friggin' joke. It came out a year ago and people are still talking about it. This sort of notoriety is certainly doing a lot for the movie. People want to get it on DVD and see what all the fuss is about.

How does it feel to have a chance to make Razzie history?

The difference is when I sat down and wrote this movie, I was trying to make Razzie history. And a lot of the people I am up against did not have that goal. We were trying to make a crazy movie. We weren't making a movie for middle-of-the-road, middle-aged critics. I think it's great.

The organizer of the Razzies seemed to be kind of disgusted by some of the scenes in your movie. There's one involving a dead deer carcass.

Well, you gotta understand, obviously he probably doesn't like different things. He's probably into more traditional things. This is not a movie for people in the mainstream. It's a crazy movie. The critics are sort of a cynical bunch and it's fun to sort of make fun of things. That's what I do.

Do you have an acceptance speech prepared? What do you plan to say?

I have an acceptance speech prepared. I have written a poem. I'm going to thank everyone involved in the film, and my parents, who have supported me along the way and helped make everything possible.

What do you plan to wear?

Maybe a tuxedo. I have a feeling it's going to be in a dive bar.

Do you think you will ever win an Oscar?

Well, I think that if you have eight awards-eight Razzies... I personally didn't think that could be done. So, I'd have to say that anything is possible.

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