Return of the gigolo: Rob Schnieder reprises his role as a ‘prostidude’

Everyone’s favorite gigolo is coming back in one of this summer’s most anticipated sequels, “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” (Columbia Pictures). Rob Schnieder is reprising his role as Deuce, the world’s most unlikely male escort. In the sequel, Deuce heads overseas to clear the name of his friend and male madame, T.J. Hicks (Eddie Griffin). Along the way, Deuce learns lessons about life, love and the importance of man-whoring.

In a recent Hatchet interview, Schneider talked about the genesis of the sequel and what made him decide to make another film.

“So many people kept coming up to me saying they liked the first ‘Deuce Bigalow,'” he explained. “We never planned on making a sequel, (but) then I finally heard so much about it. So I thought, ‘What am I thinking? Make another funny one.'”

“T.J.’s in Amsterdam and all his he-bitches are too afraid to work because someone’s killing European gigolos,” says Schneider, explaining the setting of the sequel. “So he has to get Deuce Bigalow to come over where (prostitution) is legal and get him to start man-ho’ing all over again.”

As for Deuce’s many memorable patrons, Schneider revealed some secrets about his character’s European clientele.

“One of (the women) is from Chernobyl,” Schneider beamed. “Her mother worked in the nuclear reactor when she was pregnant with her. And she has a male appendage on her face.” In another scene, Deuce’s mentor Antoine (Oded Fehr) offers him advice on how to best please the ladies. “He sees me at a dinner table and tells me, ‘If you want to compete with the European gigolo, they’re the best. You have to learn how to really please a woman,’ so I say ‘Alright.’ Then he starts choking on a piece of steak and sticks his tongue out. So he’s dying and I think he’s trying to teach me how to perform a sexual act.”

Upon its release in 1999, the first film came under fire for jokes about serious conditions such as Tourette’s Syndrome and narcolepsy. Schneider, however, took the criticism in stride.

“If it wasn’t for comedians,” he said, “no one would even know what Tourette’s Syndrome is. The Tourette’s Syndrome Society owes comedians a great debt of gratitude for creating awareness.” Schneider added, “I got some letters from people who have Tourette’s Syndrome, some who didn’t like it and some who did. But it’s a particularly rare form of Tourette’s Syndrome where you swear out loud. And I’m sorry, but that’s funny.”

Asked about his view on censorship, Schneider said, “The most dangerous form of censorship is self-censorship. Be careful how you censor yourself – what you go see, what you laugh at, what you listen to musically.”

The comedian also mused about his recipe for laughs. “Just watch people and you’ll think of stuff. I use sleep deprivation to write, but just to get in a goofy mood. If you’re getting 10 hours of sleep, you’re not going to be funny.”

He also discussed the ever-changing face of comedy. “What’s funny 20 years ago may not be funny now. I’ve never felt an audience being more conservative than they are right now. There’s a gut reaction to comedy that’s a little more edgy. You definitely can’t do as much as you could 15 or 20 years ago. It’s not necessarily a need for more blue humor, but a need for a different kind of humor. ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ didn’t swear once, but it’s hilarious because it’s very caustic and idiosyncratic. No one’s going to laugh at the dirty stuff. Then again, ‘Deuce Bigalow’ has a lot of penis jokes.”

Asked about his favorite names for male sex workers, Schneider replied, “Prostidude is my new favorite. Man-slut is okay. He-bitch. Don’t make me he-bitch man-slap you. That’s good.”

“Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” opens nationwide Aug. 12.

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