Louis C.K. Candidly Explains How Pootie Tang Almost Killed His Career

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Louis C.K. Candidly Explains How Pootie Tang Almost k!lled His Career
 

 

If youíve watched Louis C.K.ís half-hour dramedy on FX, you might be wondering why this brilliant stand-up comedian hasnít tried to direct more often. Louis has total creative control over the show, writing, editing and directing every stimulating episode. He regularly produces some of the most thought-provoking comedy youíll find on cable television, and itís a wonder he doesnít get more opportunities to direct and flex his creative muscles.

Blame Pootie Tang, a comedy derived from a Chris Rock Show sketch that Louis -- a close friend of Rockís -- wrote and attempted to direct back in 2001. At the time Louis was a nobody, for lack of a better word. And so when he tried to work in some of his signature, challenging comedy he met serious resistance from Paramount. The studio hired editors to chop up Louisí final cut, then locked reels without allowing his feedback to be considered. Louis describes the horrific process in great detail during an interview with fellow comedian Jim Norton on Sirius XMís comedy channel, Raw Dog. Itís a candid piece thatís a must listen for fans of Louis C.K. and anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes process of filmmaking:



The clip is a little old, but still fascinating. "I canít say they took my movie away," Louis laments. "They hired me to work on a movie that I happened to have written, and that I care a lot about. But I got thrown off because I wasnít doing what they wanted. Thatís the way it works. Ö I had made something that was pretty unique, and nobody knew how to handle it."

Though Louis C.K. remains the credited writer on the largely-panned Pootie Tang, he basically says he hates the cut the studio released and he understands why critics and audiences hate it. He even says it k!lled his desire to direct.

"By the time it was finished, I was disgusted with the whole thing. And I was also a pariah. I was not hirable as a director. It ruined my filmmaking career. A good example of that is I havenít been hired as a director since then."

Instead, heís making his mark on FX, which, in turn, is benefiting his live comedy. You canít bury talent even though Hollywood often tries. Hard. And this Louis interview shines a light on the inventive ways the industry often tries to silence those who have a voice.


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 6 years ago '06        #2
Stupid Fresh 183 heat pts183
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interview is too long

I just want to say that I did not laugh once while watching the pooty tang film with Chris Rock
 11-29-2011, 10:06 PM         #3
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 Stupid Fresh said:
interview is too long

I just want to say that I did not laugh once while watching the pooty tang film with Chris Rock
i couldnt even bother to watch the movie
 6 years ago '08        #4
JetsLost 18 heat pts18
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Pootie Tang is god damn hilarious. I don't care what anyone says
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 6 years ago '09        #5
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i actually liked pootie tang

ti pa tao
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 6 years ago '10        #6
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pootie tang is a cult classic, only real n*ggas watch dumbass movies. its all jokes man, sh*t aint supposed to be serious. sh*ts like soul plane...

 6 years ago '10        #7
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Shame. I can only imagine what Pootie Tang & Dave Chappelle's original thought of Half Baked would be if Studios didn't fu*k them up.

I loved both movies too.
 6 years ago '08        #8
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 Stupid Fresh said:
interview is too long

I just want to say that I did not laugh once while watching the pooty tang film with Chris Rock
Are you serious? Pootie Tang was hilarious. Ill NEVER forget the first time I watched it. I was rolling on the floor all night.
 6 years ago '04        #9
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Pootie Tang, Sa Da Tay.



 6 years ago '06        #10
Stupid Fresh 183 heat pts183
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Pootie Tang, Soul Brotha, Soul Plane

I dont fu*k with movies like that
 6 years ago '07        #11
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Pootie Tang>>

that movie was hillarious
 6 years ago '10        #12
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That n*gga pootie made a bi*ch drink milk from a bowl, i was done
 11-29-2011, 10:54 PM         #13
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was long but interesting as hell, from the get go. will listen to the rest later
 6 years ago '04        #14
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Pootie Tang was CLASSIC!!

I tripped out when I heard it was written by a white guy
 6 years ago '06        #15
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Wa-da-ta my damie!
Sine your pitty on the runny kine.

I know its dumb. But funny none the less.
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Greatest scene ever


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pootie tang wuz wack as f**k
 11-29-2011, 11:51 PM         #19
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Nobody on earth is funnier than Mr. CK.
 6 years ago '08        #20
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pootie tang might been the best movie ever lol. that sh*t is so fu*kin funny
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