Saturday Night Live funnyman Jason Sudeikis takes office politics into his own hands in his new movie, Horrible Bosses.Ask Jason Sudeikis about his new movie, Horrible Bosses, and you’ll get some pretty straightforward answers. “It’s all fictional,” he says. “It runs about 90 minutes. If you’ve got stuff to do afterward, we’re sensitive to that.” He pauses a beat before offering, “These are more logistic things. I don’t know if you’re looking for plot summary.”
Not to worry, Jason; we’ll take it from here: In the film, Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day conspire to take out the employers who make their lives miserable. While the six-year Saturday Night Live vet stresses, “We don’t condone the behavior of these characters,” he does admit to having one or two bosses he “wouldn’t mind pushing down.” He chatted with American Way about his worst gig, his dream job and a certain red jumpsuit.
American Way: Colin Farrell plays your boss in the movie. What was the most annoying thing about him in real life?
Jason Sudeikis: He might’ve outshone me. He was a little too funny for a guy that good-looking.
AW: Who was your worst boss?
JS: I had one woman when I worked at Banana Republic who was big on “hanger integrity.” If all the hangers weren’t facing the same way, she would walk by: “Jason? Hanger integrity?”
AW: Was this your dream job growing up?
JS: My dream job changed every six months. I wanted to be a detective in Detroit when I saw Beverly Hills Cop. I wanted to be a fighter pilot after I saw Top Gun. So yeah, I think this probably is my dream job because I get to be all these different things for three months at a time. Or on SNL, like, five minutes at a time.
“He made me realize, oh, you can actually do this for a living. It’s a viable career option if you have the chops and you’re nice to people.”
—Jason Sudeikis, on his uncle, Second City alum and Cheers star George Wendt
AW: Speaking of SNL, you’ve played countless characters, but the one that has really resonated is the enthusiastic dancer from “What Up with That?” Are you exhausted by the end of that sketch?
JS: I’m exhausted during it! The first time I did it was the Gerard Butler episode [in 2009], and I’m in a sketch right afterward where I’m in a suit. And I am sweating so much it looks like I was bobbing for apples — just soaking wet. And every time the camera’s not on me, I’m just, like, [pants heavily] trying to catch my breath.
AW: People love it. Have you ever thought about renting yourself out for parties in character?
JS: Maybe that’s my dream job. Just wear that red jumpsuit and the gold chain and the little afro wig and just dance in the background at parties, funerals, presidential inaugurations. That’s not a bad idea.