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Idle Hands

Lucky Leprechaun

Press junkets–in which movie studios fly journalists to L.A. to participate in movie screenings and roundtable interviews–can be the most ethically tricky element of a film writer's job. After all, can you truly analyze a film objectively after having been wined, dined, and treated like a princess by a studio that's counting on good reviews? Because of the nature of junkets, The Onion tends only to accept them when it has a truly important question to ask a specific group of people. In the case of the junket for Idle Hands, that question revolved around how the cast and crew perceived 1994's Leprechaun 2, Idle Hands director Rodman Flender's previous feature film. Here's what the gang had to say about that movie in particular, and about Leprechaun-mania in general.

Rodman Flender (director)

The Onion: As the director of one of the Leprechaun films, did you feel it was a mistake to send the leprechaun into outer space in Leprechaun 4?

Rodman Flender: Leprechauns are everywhere. If you can send John Glenn into outer space, why not also send a 400-year-old leprechaun?

O: Well, maybe there was a leprechaun that stowed away onboard and was with him on his trip back to outer space.

RF: Maybe.

Suzanne Todd (producer)

Onion: Now, before you hired Rodman Flender to do this film, did you watch Leprechaun 2?

Suzanne Todd: Well, yes, we did. But I think what impressed us more was his background with Roger Corman, and that he directed a really funny episode of Dawson's Creek that sort of spoofed all those sort of films, like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer.

Jessica Alba (star)

The Onion: Have you seen Leprechaun 2?

Jessica Alba: No, I haven't.

O: But once you were offered this film, didn't you think, "Gee, maybe I should see Leprechaun 2, as it will give me valuable insight into Rodman Flender, with whom I'll be working"?

JA: Well, you know, I worked with Rodman in the film, and I know that it's his vision and his movie, and I think the film is great, and that he did a really good job.

Elden Henson (star)

The Onion: You're a big fan of movies. Did you see Leprechaun 2 in order to prepare for your role in Idle Hands?

Elden Henson: You know, I think I did see Leprechaun 2. At the time, I don't think I knew whether it was Leprechaun 2 or the first Leprechaun.

O: Maybe I can help you out, then. In the film that you saw, did the leprechaun go around killing people?

EH: I haven't seen the whole thing. I only saw maybe a couple minutes of it.

O: But you saw enough that you were able to say, "Whoever directed this film is an auteur! This man has a vision."

EH: See, I didn't even know that he did Leprechaun 2. But when I met with him, he seemed so excited about the film. He had the enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store.

O: He was still excited about having directed Leprechaun 2? So, he was like, "Guess what, everyone? I totally directed Leprechaun 2! That movie's great! Let's all go watch it again now!"

EH: No, he was really excited about this film.

Seth Green (star)

The Onion: To prepare for your role in Idle Hands, did you go see Rodman Flender's last film, Leprechaun 2?

Seth Green: You know, what's actually pretty horrific is that one of the Leprechaun movies—I'm not sure if it was one, two, or three, but one of them—was playing at the Sunset 5 Theater as a midnight movie, and we went in there and watched for about five minutes. And we said, "God, this is just so fucking horrible." So we went and saw something else. It was just so fucking bad. He goes to Vegas! What a shitty movie! [Fortunately for Flender, that was Leprechaun 3. —ed.]

O: So, it was sort of like Jason Takes Manhattan?

SG: Now, that was a wasted fucking title. It wasn't like Jason Takes Manhattan; it's more like he just took a fucking ferry. It would have been awesome to have seen him actually, like, on a subway. But he's not! I was so disappointed. It's rare that you're ever that disappointed in a film, but, man, that sucked.