Q&A with Gavin McInnes on his new film “How to Be a Man”

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Time to add to one to the Netflix queue- local comedian and writer Gavin McInnes just released his new film, “How to Be a Man” today. You might recognize his name as the Co-Founder of VICE or from viral videos like “How to Fight a Baby”.

Fearing he’s dying of male breast cancer, Mark (Gavin McInnes) hires Bryan (Liam Aiken) to follow him around and film “lessons” for Mark’s unborn son on how to be a man, including how to fight a bully, drink and pick up women. In documenting the lessons for his son, he ends up learning life lessons himself.

The film has a seemingly familiar plot line, complete with cliché scenes like a dressing room makeover, but McInnes brings it to life with no-holds-barred humor, not suitable for your grandma. Any could-be heartwarming moment quickly is replaced with jokes, drugs and glimpses of male nudity. This movie probably shouldn’t be on the Family Night list, but acts as the perfect 90 minute cure for a Saturday morning hangover. Grab a PBR and maybe some coke and get comfy.

We had the opportunity to ask McInnes a few questions about his new film:
FREEwilliamsburg: Is this a comedy, drama or both? Coming of age?
Gavin McInnes: This is a comedy but I think living in NY really darkens your idea of what’s funny. It’s like cops. They’re eating donuts, standing over a dead guy and they’re all, “She looks like a fat Richard Simmons.” Things that cracked us up in the movie got gasps in LA and San Francisco.

FW: I know you have kids… were they the inspiration behind the movie?
GM: Yes. Having kids changes everything and drastically alters who you are. I keep telling my single friends to do it but I’m starting to become that vegan guy who won’t shut up about how unhealthy everyone is.

FW: How is Mark different than you? Is the character self-reflective at all?
GM: As Larry David said of his character in Curb Your Enthusiasm, this guy is way more me than me. I think he has bigger balls than me and outside of the infidelity; I’d like to become him one day.

FW: Do you think leaving VICE allowed you to become more creative?
GM: The beauty of leaving VICE was being able to say what I want without worrying about it jeopardizing anyone’s job. I love shit-stirring, especially when I’m right but when some guy can’t pay his rent because of something I said, it’s a bummer.

FW: What are your thoughts on the binge watching culture, like on Netflix? Is it killing tv/the box office?
GM: Young people have definitely given up on normal TV watching but the boomers still love it and I think you’ll find more people watched TV this year than ever before. As far as movies go, getting into theaters nationwide is a pipe dream if you’re not famous so Netflix is a perfect solution. All I care about is being able to tell my friends where they can check it out.

FW: You seem to have a lot on your plate- actor, writer, restaurateur, creative director… how much coffee do you drink in a day?
GM: I used to do a lot of Adderall. Old guys with kids call it Dadderall. Since then, I’ve just learned to lower my standards quite a bit. It’s amazing how much you can get done when you abandon perfectionism.

FW: Do you have more films in mind for the future?
GM: Yes. So, we did two documentaries: A Million in the Morning and The Brotherhood of the Traveling Rants. Then we did this, How to be a Man. Coming soon is a movie I did with Reggie Watts and Benjamin Dickinson called Creative Control and I think I just signed on to do something else. There’s a bunch of TV development deals rolling around too. I just throw shit at walls and pray something sticks.

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