Twink Caplan revisits her role in “Clueless” and working on “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”

Twink Caplan is best known for her role of Miss Geist in “Clueless”.  She also had a fun role in this year’s raunchy comedy “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”.  Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Twink about her role in the film and reflect on playing Miss Geist.

Mike Gencarelli: Tell us about working with Tim & Eric in “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie”?
Twink Caplan: Working with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim in “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” was insane fun. We had met a few years earlier when I worked on “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show.” It was a huge compliment to find out the duo had me in mind while writing the role of Katie. The cast was impressive with Will Ferrell, Zack Galifianakis, John C. Reilly, Jeff Goldblum, Robert Loggia, Will Forte… I was excited to play the lead female in this glorious company of men.

MG: The duo are know for their bizarre comedy, where you aware of this before coming on board?
TC: Reading the script I couldn’t wait to start. I was in my 60’s playing the older woman girlfriend of Eric, who is in his 30’s.

MG: What was the funniest thing that happened on the production?
TC: The funniest thing that happened on the production? The sex scene …when Tim slapped a realistic suction-cup dildo to his forehead and still had the remnants of the indentation and a red rash the next day. He’s very fair skinned. That scene was so wild with escalating in-the-moment improvisation.  When you are so absorbed in the character you realize later you might have done something or you might have gone too far or you might have…oh no…its a Tim and Eric movie!!

MG: What did you enjoy most about playing Miss Geist in “Clueless” movie?
TC: I loved the 40’s fitted clothes and stunning wedding dress Mona May designed for me. The character was humble and sweet and playing opposite Wallace Shawn was the topping on the cake. Hiring Paul Rudd and watching his career blast off. Alicia was adorable and Donald was a ball of energy and Breckin and Brittany were so funny….and gorgeous Stacey…I loved working with the entire cast and we were very close. I’m working with Stacey Dash now playing her old school agent in “Stacey Dash is Normal,” for television. The best opportunity was working with Scott Rudin who is a genius and Sherry Lansing who is not only beautiful but an amazing woman.

MG: …and TV series?
TC: Paramount Studio is luscious and Amy Heckerling and I had Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin’s bungalow. It was brilliant. We continued to do the Clueless series and I was one of the Executive Producer’s as well as playing the role of Miss Geist. It was fun casting the Guest Stars and meeting new actors and its always fun to be able to be in a position to grant wishes.

MG: How did you meet Amy Heckerling and work with her on various projects?
TC: I met Amy Heckerling at Warner Brothers. She had just finished filming European Vacation. We hit it off immediately. We were yin and yang and it was a perfect match! Our working relationship continued for twenty-two years. Amy is a wonderful friend and very clever. I loved her writing and knew she was special. They say a happy set starts at the head of the fish and our sets were always calm and happy which speaks for Amy.

MG: Tell what you have planned upcoming?
TC: In January, I’m looking forward to start filming writer/director Craig Goodwill’s “Boy Toy,” a satirical fairytale adaptation of his award winning short, “Patch Town.”


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Blu-ray Review “Clueless”

Directed by: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Running Time: 97 minutes

Film: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I mean, as if, who doesn’t love the film “Clueless”. As if, it was not the best high school movie of the 90’s, if not of all-time. I grew up with this film and while entering my 30’s this year, this film still holds relevant. It launched many careers and became an icon of growing up. The film is now hitting Blu-ray and looks fantastic, as if it totally wouldn’t.

The Blu-ray presentation is quite impressive for a film shot in 1995. The video looks great it is 1080p transfer, with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. This film is well known for its soundtrack, I spent the better half of the 90’s listening to it. The music in the film is really treated with a fantastic DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track.  If you do not own a copy of this film, this Blu-ray is a real tribute to this great groundbreaking comedy.  I would have like to also include a DVD copy or digital copy of the film but maybe in three years for the 15th anniversary edition.

The special features on the Blu-ray though are plain disappointing. With no new commentaries or features with cast/crew revisiting the film. The only new feature is a game called “Clue or False”, which is a pop up “trivia” challenge centered on “Clueless”. The rest of the features are standard definition and re-hash of the DVD features. “The Class of ’95” is a look at the ensemble cast in the film. “Creative Writing” focuses on the film’s road from television show into a film and its future. “Fashion 101” focuses on well, fashion, which is an important factor in the film. “Language Arts” focuses on the film’s slang. “Suck ‘N Blow: A Tutorial” is instructions to play the game as seen in the film. “Driver’s Ed” is a look into shooting the “driver’s ed” scene. “We’re History” is the cast and crew chatting about the film and its legacy. Lastly there is trailers and a teaser included.