Bret Michaels sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino to discuss American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, his acting skills, a heartwarming Christmas memory and the merits of peanut butter.
AD: Do you feel like the American Pie franchise is pretty "rock 'n' roll?"
BM: Very rock 'n' roll?we're talking from the beginning on through to Book of Love. Obviously with having Rock of Love and then Book of Love, I say this openly, my acting skills are limited [Laughs]. My reality skills aren't too bad. Throw me in a reality situation and I'm okay, but acting is another story [Laughs]. Everyone was really good about it though. They were like, "We'll do this in one big take. Have fun, be who you are and be funny." I said, "Okay, you got it!" The franchise itself is completely rock 'n' roll to me! It's very young, hip and off-the-wall, but it's very funny. That sense of humor is what makes it great. I think this is going to be fantastic.
AD: It seems like the Book of Love could've been written be you or any of your musical contemporaries.
BM: [Laughs] Yes! I think we could add some additional chapters. We've written a few books of love ourselves and adding some additional chapters wouldn't be a stretch. I was laughing at the part in the movie about peanut butter. It's kind of a win-win for me. It's delicious, healthy and sexual, so you can't lose with peanut butter [Laughs]. I don't think you can catch anything that I've heard of from it either [Laughs].
AD: Was that your favorite moment in the film?
BM: That was pretty much it [Laughs]. They saw my acting skills and said, "Bret, great, thanks!" You know when they get you out of there quickly? They were like, "Bret you were great, goodbye!" Then they moved on to the real acting [Laughs].
AD: Were you fan of the series since the original film?
BM: Yeah! Obviously, I saw the first two in the theaters. I watched them all though. Having Eugene Levy back in the film and some other appearances were awesome. C. Thomas Howell is a great guy! I saw him up there in Vancouver. When they asked me to come up and do the film, it got down to the last day because I was out on the road touring solo before the Def Leppard and Poison tour kicked off in the summer. I was doing two nights in Tacoma, and we shot in Vancouver. When we got into the hotel in Vancouver, I got the feeling that I knew it was going to be a good day. It felt like everyone was in an "up" mood. It wasn't that end-of-the-show we're all burnt out feeling. C. Thomas Howell was hilarious! He and the other people I met up there were great to work with.
AD: Do you have a favorite Christmas memory?
BM: I have two daughters?Raine and Georgia. My best memory ever is when I became a dad. During Raine's first Christmas, I got to play the role of my father. I reversed roles. I realized that I had become my dad at that point, and that was probably my best memory.
AD: What's up musically?
BM: I mix up doing Poison and solo shows, but it looks like most of 2010 is going to be solo. Next year is going to be Poison's 25th anniversary. We've been out pretty consistently, so I think there will be a little bit of a break this year. For the 25th, I think we'll go out the whole year, blow it out and go have fun!