Eric Forsberg wrote quite a few Asylum films including ‘Mega Piranha’, ‘War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave’, and ‘Snakes on a Train’ amongst others. All were entertaining, but for me ‘Sex Pot’ http://wp.me/p2eH5w-4b stood out because it and had so many crazy moments and laughs. Eric was kind enough to tell us where the ideas originated from and as you’ll see there’s a fun background.
I can only imagine how you came up with the concept for “Sex Pot”, but can you share some background about it?
ERIC: High school and being a guy. That gave me the foundation I needed when the Asylum asked me to make a movie about two stoners looking to get laid. I’ve been there. Of course, Spanky and Mert were the most extreme examples of the experience, and I personally never masturbated on the ledge of a building– but the stoner spirit was definitely a factor. The rest was all about how far I could push things, how twisted I could make the experience. How fun it could be and sick at the same time. I think we got there.
When I look at my daughters I see future drug dealers. Did you visualize your daughter when you wrote in the child as the drug dealer at the party?
ERIC: No, we had to practice. She hustled gum and snickers bars in the park for a while to grow the chops, and when she was ready we let her sneak her own popcorn and candy into the movie theater just to gain that “fuck you establishment” attitude. Hey, I figure that Marc Zuckerberg was a big head and he is the youngest billionaire in the world. I’ll bet even Bill Gates has sucked down a few bongs in his day. But Lola is a good kid. She wants to be in the entertainment industry when she grows up – which certainly doesn’t put her at any greater risk for substance abuse. I feel good about it.
I know you have to be professional, but as the writer and director did you write in some of the scenes knowing you’d have a blast directing it?
ERIC: Yeah – I was like – “more lesbian stuff – don’t we need more lesbians”
Were there any experiences from high school or college that influenced any scenes?
ERIC: By the time I went to college I had already stopped doing everything – even homework. But me in High School — whooosh — that was scenes three to six.
The movie is hilarious and crazy what was your favorite part about making this film?
ERIC: The fact that it was 3D. That was the worst and the best thing about it. I had to direct with glasses on, running from the set to the monitor. Also the actors were great. What a group of amazing talents. They brought it to life in front of my face and helped me to relive my lost youth yet again – and this time to feel good about it. Sex Pot was and is my favorite directing experience so far. Cheers.
It’s always better to watch a movie when you know what was going through the writer and director’s mind so I recommend watching ‘Sex Pot’ again and picture Eric in high school and his daughter Lola in the park pushing candy to the local kids. Check out what else Eric has done and what he’s up to on his social website.