Penned by Joe La Puma, CuDi and Piven sat down to speak on their new friendship, the film, the real-life Hollywood lifestyle, Jeremy’s love of hip hop culture and much more.
Some choice quotes:
Ari Gold is known for bullying his assistants, but the dynamic now is Cudi’s character wanting to be perfect, and self-punishing, rather than the badgering coming from Ari.
KC: There’s a nurturing that my character’s looking for. A mentor figure. It goes back to what you were asking about before: Some people do look at Ari Gold like he’s the fucking man. Some people look up to that. I chose to make my character that kid. He’s the guy looking at Ari Gold like, “Yo man, I’m a douche because of you.” My character gets mad at himself for messing up even before Ari does, whereas Lloyd may not have seen his faults at first.
JP: Cudi doesn’t have endless amounts of screen time, but he makes it all count. You can see a dimensional character. You see him taking the punishment, and punishing himself. Most actors wouldn’t have taken it there; I thought it was cool.
You represent two different generations in Hollywood. Cudi’s getting in now and, Jeremy, you’ve already experienced so much. What do you think the biggest difference is between your Hollywood and his?
JP: We’ve definitely come up in different times. I’ve never experienced a weirder time to be famous. I think it’s never been less cool to be famous than right now, because you’ve got a group of people, and you don’t know what they contribute. Yet they’re taking victory laps; they may be acting out on reality shows. Throwing breast milk at each other, making a great deal of money. So that’s awkward, and strange. There’s a lot of attention being paid to that, and people getting shots for reasons other than…
JP: I came up in a time where you could do a lot of things under the radar. Now, everything is documented. Cudi’s different froms the rest of the people in this generation, because he really can be humble. He’s willing to learn, and grow, and get better. A lot of people of this generation don’t have that patience. They want to blow up now.
Read the article in its entirety here. Meanwhile, you can watch a behind-the-scenes look at the shoot below.
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