Dax Shepard on Directing and Starring in CHIPS

>> Jimmy: WU, LOOK AT YOU. >> I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING. WATCHING YOUR MONOLOGUE. I'M WHEN ALWAYS BLOWN AWAY WITH HOW MUCH BETTER-LOOKING YOU KEEP GETTING. >> WELL, THANK YOU. LOOK AT YOU, YOU'RE DRESSED UP, YOU'RE A DIRECTOR NOW, YOU'RE A MOVIE STAR. >> THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO EXUDE IS DIRECTOR. >> YOU'RE EXUDING IT, YOU GOT SOME OF IT ON ME. >> GOOD, GOOD. >> Jimmy: I'M VERY PROUD OF YOU. WHEN WE MET YOU DIDN'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT GOING ON, AM I CORRECT? >> NO, NO, I DON'T THINK I HAD FURNITURE IN MY HOUSE. YOU'RE THE TYPE OF GUY WHO'S SO GENEROUS AND I HAVE GONE TO YOUR HOUSE A FEW TIMES. YOU'RE LIKE, HEY, I CAN COME OVER TO YOUR HOUSE. I'M LIKE, THERE'S NOWHERE TO SIT BUT LOVE TO HAVE YOU COME BY. >> Jimmy: WE LAID ON THE FORMICA. >> WE PLAYED SCRABBLE, YOU DON'T NEED A BUNCH OF FURNITURE. >> Jimmy: WOODEN TILES AND A FLOOR. YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS A LONG TIME. >> PROBABLY 2 1/2 YEARS. >> Jimmy: WHAT A THING TO BE ABLE TO FIRST OF ALL WRITE THE MOVIE AS ITS OWN THING. THEN TO SAY, I WANT TO DIRECT THIS MOVIE, I'M GOING TO STAR IN THIS MOVIE, I'M GOING TO PRODUCE THIS MOVIE, AND IT TURNED OUT GREAT. >> THANK YOU. >> Jimmy: IT'S A BIG-BUDGET TAKE ON A TELEVISION SHOW WE LOVE. >> WE LOVE, WE HATE, WE LOVE. >> Jimmy: I DON'T KNOW IF WE HATE IT. >> NO. >> Jimmy: MY MEMORY OF "CHIPS" IS CLETO, OUR BAND LEADER, WOULD STAY AT MY HOUSE, I WAS LIVING IN ARIZONA, HE'D STAY OUT LATE AND HE'D GET HIGH. [ LAUGHTER ] THEN I WOULD FIND HIM FULLY CLOTHED, PASSED OUT WITH "CHIPS" BLARING ON THE TV. >> CAN YOU PLAY THAT SONG STILL? >> Jimmy: IT WASN'T EVEN A LICK. >> HE WASN'T A FAN AS MUCH. >> Jimmy: WAS THIS A SHOW THAT YOU LOVED? >> WHAT I LOVED IS ALL THOSE SHOWS WHERE A VEHICLE WAS THE STAR. >> Jimmy: YEAH. >> LIKE, YOU KNOW, "DUKES OF HAZARD," "STARSKY AND HUTCH," "FALL GUY." >> Jimmy: "A-TEAM" WAS LIKE THAT. >> THE VAN WAS POPULAR AS BARAKUS. THIS SHOW WAS MOILKS. AND I WAS 2. THAT WAS EXCITING FOR ME. I WAS IN DETROIT WHICH WAS GRAY AND CRAPPIE. THIS WAS CALIFORNIA AND SUNSHINE AND ALL THAT. I WAS WRITING ANOTHER SCREENPLAY AND MAKING A PONCHERELLO JOKE AND I COULDN'T SPELL IT. THIS PICTURE POPPED UP ON GOOGLE OF JOHN AND PONCH BUT THEY LOOKED COOL AND TOUGH, WHICH I HADN'T SEEN THEM LOOK IN A WHILE. AND I WAS LIKE, WOW, THERE'S A BAD BOYS VERSION OF THIS MOVIE TO BE MADE, A COOL LETHAL WEAPON. >> Jimmy: BASED SOLELY ON THAT PHOTOGRAPH? >> BASED SOLELY ON THAT PHOTOGRAPH, IT'S A POWERFUL IMAGE. >> Jimmy: I BET, IT REALLY IS. >> IT IS. I DON'T KNOW HOW I GOT THEM TO LET ME DO IT BUT THEN THEY LET ME DO IT. I'M BASICALLY WRITING ON PENA'S COATTAILS, MICHAEL PENA. >> Jimmy: HE'S A FUNNY GUY. NOT JUST IN THE MOVIE. HE SEEMS TO BE A FUNNY CHARACTER ON HIS OWN. >> YES, HE IS. >> Jimmy: HE'LL BE HERE TOMORROW. >> YES, HE'S VERY INTERESTING. YEAH, YOU DIG A LITTLE DEEP, THINGS START COMING OUT, YOU KNOW. IT'S REALLY GREAT. >> Jimmy: WHAT THINGS CAME OUT WHEN YOU DUG INTO HIM? ANYTHING YOU CAN SHARE WITH US? >> YEAH, SURE. HE WAS -- APPARENTLY HE GOT LIKE SICK IN THE STATE IN SOME RUNNING COMPETITION IN ILLINOIS. HE'S A SHORTER LATINO GENTLEMAN. >> Jimmy: WOW, REALLY? >> THERE'S A LOT OF ATHLETIC DUDES IN ILLINOIS IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT. CHICAGO. >> Jimmy: YEAH. >> CHICAGO. >> Jimmy: IT'S A BIG STATE. >> HE GOT SICK SOMEHOW IN THE STATE. >> Jimmy: SO DON'T RACE HIM. >> HE WAS A WRESTLER AND A BOXER. >> Jimmy: REALLY? >> YES, HE'S ALL THESE AMAZING THINGS. >> Jimmy: ARE YOU SURE HE DID ALL THOSE THINGS? >> AND HEI WAS DYSLEXIC AND I GRADUATED, THOSE MYRRH ACCOMPLISHMENTS. >> Jimmy: MAYBE HE'S A GOOD LIAR. >> HE VERY WELL MAY BE A GREAT LIAR, HE'S A GREAT ACTOR. >> Jimmy: YOU LOVE MOTORCYCLES, YOU LOVE VEHICLES OF ALL TIME. >> AS YOU KNOW. >> Jimmy: YOU DECIDED, SOMETHING I AM AGAINST IN GENERAL, TO DO YOUR OWN STUNTS. >> THAT'S RIGHT. >> Jimmy: IT LOOKS GREAT. IT'S THOUGHT ONE OF THOSE WEIRD THINGS WHERE IT'S SUDDENLY LIKE SOME OTHER GUY ON THE DEAL. BUT IT'S DANGEROUS AND IT SEEMS LIKE -- I DON'T KNOW, IT SEEMS LIKE IF I WAS RUNNING THE MOVIE I WOULDN'T WANT MY STAR DOING THE THINGS THAT YOU DID. >> A DIRECTOR WOULD NORMALLY NOT WANT HIS STAR TO DO THAT, BUT I WAS THE DIRECTOR TOO. >> Jimmy: YEAH. >> I WOULD GO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH MYSELF. YOU THINK YOU GOT THIS? YEAH, I BELIEVE YOU CAN DO IT, LET'S DO DO THIS! YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL SAY, OH THIS MOVIE WAS A DREAM. RIGHT? LIKE, IT WAS ALWAYS MY DREAM TO PLAY A GUY WITH AIDS OR WHATEVER. [ LAUGHTER ] >> Jimmy: THAT'S YOUR DREAM TOO? >> NO, NO. I ASSUME TOM HANKS WAS TELLING PEOPLE THAT WHEN HE DID "PHILADELPHIA." THIS IS WHAT YOU DO. THIS WAS A LITERAL DREAM. I WOULD RIDE BY THE COPS WE HAD CLOSING DOWN THE TRAFFIC FOR US AND I WOULD RIGHT BY A COP AND THE COP WOULD BE LIKE -- [ LAUGHTER ] AND I'D CIRCLE BACK AROUND, THEY'D BE HIGH-FIVING. AS A 12-YEAR-OLD, YOUR TOTAL DREAM IS THAT THE COPS WILL SALUTE YOU FOR DRIVING LIKE AN IDIOT. >> Jimmy: OH, YES. YOU WILL NEVER GET A TICKET IN THIS CITY AGAIN. >> NO -- WELL -- I DON'T KNOW. EITHER WAY. LIKE A CHP COULD PULL ME OVER AND BE LIKE, CUTE MOVIE, REAL CUTE. YOU DON'T LIKE THE UNIFORMS? YOU MADE FUN OF THE UNIFORMS? YOU THINK WE LOOK LIKE U.P.S.? >> Jimmy: I FEEL LIKE WHEN PONCH AND JOHN CAME ON THE SCENE IT MADE BEING A CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL OFFICER -- >> FOR SURE. >> Jimmy: -- VERY COOL. I WOULD IMAGINE THESE GUYS GOT A LOT OF ACTION OUT OF FIT YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING. >> PARTICULARLY PONCHERELLO, ESTRADA. THAT GUY WAS LIVING THE GOOD LIFE IS MY UNDERSTANDING. >> Jimmy: DO YOU KNOW THAT FOR A FACT? >> YEAH, I CERTAINLY MET A TON OF PEOPLE DURING THE MOVIE THAT KNEW ERIKA IN HIS PRIME -- I CALLED HIM ERIKA. ERIK ESTRADA. >> Jimmy: DID SOMETHING HAPPEN WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT? [ LAUGHTER ] >> ERIKA AND I GOT -- THAT'S WHAT I CALL HIM, WE GOT SO CLOSE. YEAH, I THINK HE WAS AT STUDIO 54 EVERY WEEKEND AND STUFF. >> Jimmy: YEAH, I FEEL LIKE HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ANYWAY. WOMEN WOULD HAVE BEEN CRAWLING ALL OVER HIM. >> HE WAS GORGEOUS. WHAT PEOPLE FORGET BECAUSE WE'RE SUPER OLD, HE WAS 25. TO US HE LOOKED OLDER. HE WAS A 25-YEAR-OLD KID. HE HAD THE GREATEST BUNS IN THE BUSINESS. HE DROVE WOMEN CRAZY WITH THOSE CUPCAKES. >> DID HE REALLY? >> YEAH, THEN HE'D RUN INTO STUDIO 54. POP THOSE THINGS AROUND. [ LAUGHTER ]

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