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Top Ten Movies with... Paul Snodgrass


Paul Snodgrass or Snoddie is a stand up comic and rising star, who has been described as "pure comedy class" (The Cape Argus), "a ball of pent up energy, that when released on stage is a non-stop barrage of snot-spilling, sidesplitting laughs that does not cease..." (The Scotsman) and "an all round nice-ish guy" (/Snoddie).

It's this same energy, which has defined Paul's career as a stand up comic, actor and radio DJ. He's hosted and performed at some of the biggest comedy festivals at home and abroad, presented sports shows on eTV for several years, MC'ed at almost every major rock festival in South Africa and currently does the afternoon drive show on Heart FM.

Snodgrass was born in East London, moved to Cape Town, has a beard that is ginger, is really single and named his first sold out one man show, I'm So Lonely. He needs a hug. We were lucky enough to sneak a moment with Snoddie to get his take on film with his Top Ten Eleven Movies... from slush puppies and dead grannies to Robert De Niro and itchy teeth, the man's seen it all!

"If I ever meet Ben Affleck I'll punch him in the throat and charge him for the 2 hours I'm never getting back. [on Gigli]"

I can't watch movies without...

- ...depends, at the movie theatre I need a grape slush puppy (no straw) so you can sip it and keep the ice for longer. Straws just get the flavoured juice and you're left with ice, but if you sip it, it stays awesome till the end.

Then fresh popcorn with normal salt, none of that flavoured crap that makes you cough for hours, and add a big pack of astros into it. I may be 32 but I'm never going to grow up.

At home, surround sound with a BIG TV, a comfy couch and people who know how to SHUT THE HELL UP. I get lost in movies, don't take me out of my happy place.

Which famous people share your birthday?

- The best one has to be Alfred Hitchcock, one of the true greats and I can watch Vertigo, North by Northwest, Rear Window and Dial M for Murder any day. Joining him on the film front is Paul Greengrass, who every jock in the world will revere for directing the Bourne movies with Matt Damon.

I'm also a sports journo so Ben Hogan the great golfer is a cool one. He won 9 majors after all. Alan Shearer is pretty cool too, he was the best English football striker for years. Robin Jackman, who any cricket fan will know from his commentating on TV.

Michael Klim the Aussie swimmer with multiple Olympic gold medals, and the greatest darts player of all time Phil "The Power" Taylor, a true athlete. Finally, and depending on where you sit on the political landscape - Fidel Castro rocks too. (13 August)

What is the first film you remember watching?

- My great aunt took me to watch Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs, I was like 5, we got popcorn and a Coke. I wasn't allowed fizzy drinks at home, so it was the best day ever.

What's the worst movie you've ever seen?

- Hmmm, tough one, Catwoman was pretty flippen bad. Um ... ANY Highlander movie that was made after the GENUIS first one (stop ruining my childhood you assholes) BUT the worst has to be Gigli.

If I ever meet Ben Affleck I'll punch him in the throat and charge him for the 2 hours I'm never getting back.

Which movies have made you tearful?

- Okay, back to the Disney stuff, The Fox and the Hound - if you don't cry watching that movie, you're not human. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - made the rookie error of watching that for the first time after a bad breakup, BAD IDEA.

I Am Sam was awesome and Forrest Gump - at the end when he's outside by Jenny's grave and he starts crying, saying "I really miss you."

Who is the most famous movie star you've ever met?

- Met Robert De Niro, what a dude, and he was so accommodating. A buddy of mine is an airline pilot and was flying private jets. He gave me a call to come to the hanger one day, said I'd REALLY like to meet the guy he's flying. So I go thinking it'll be like a comedian or some sports guy, and out walks Robert effing De Niro, was such a rad guy, so chilled, and chatted to everyone and just as he was leaving turned and told all the staff that there was plenty of food in the plane, please help yourself.

I've met some pretty famous people and it seems the bigger they are, the more talented they are, the nicer they are: Joseph Fiennes - so cool, Gerard Butler - so cool, Steven Segal - DICK, Kevin Pieterson - DICK. But De Niro takes the cake, was blown away by how cool he was. I wanted to hug him and say thanks for all the great movies.

What's your favourite movie line?

- Ok, De Niro in Taxi Driver "You talking to me?" - AWESOME. Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men - "You can't handle the truth" - FUCK YEAH. Brody in Jaws - "We're going to need a bigger boat" - ha ha ha. Goldfinger in Goldfinger "No Mr Bond I expect you to die", but my favourite has to be Kevin Spacy in The Usual Suspects as Verbal - "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled, was convincing the world he does not exist, and then like that, poof, he's gone" - CHILLS.

Who would you choose to play you in your biopic?

- Jeez, ok, I'm not ever going to be a male model, so ... I'd dig Edward Norton to do it.


If you could produce a movie, what would it be about?

- I'd dig to do a really dark comedy set in the middle of nowhere in South Africa. We have the actors, directors and crew to make great movies here, we just need great scripts now. There's a great urban legend about a couple that were on holiday in Plett, the dude's gran dies and his mom makes him promise to take her home in his car, but the dead gran freaks out the girl. So they strap her to the roofracks. Problem is, they stop for a quick toilet break in a small dorpie on the garden route and when they come out the car has been stolen. So the rest of the movie would be them trying to find the dead gran while trying to not let his mom know they've lost her.


Finally, your top ten movies of all-time...

Fight Club- Jeez man, this is impossible, does it have to be in order? No comedies, weird for a stand up comic I know, but The Wedding Crashers, Shaun of the Dead, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Big Lebowski, Withnail and I and Shooting Fish would get honourable mentions.

Ok here goes, in no order, cause that would take days, and there's 11 cause I couldn't let any go.

- The Usual Suspects ...so deserved the best script Oscar, great actors, great film, great dialogue.

- The Godfather ...just love everything about this movie.

- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ...dark, broody, what Star Wars should be, dammit Lucas stop directing, this is the one you didn't direct and look how good it is.

- Fight Club ...so well shot, with a great twist you don't see coming, and a movie I can watch over and over again.

- The Sixth Sense ...one of the few movies to REALLY surprise me, loved it.

- City of God ...visually STUNNING, so good, violent, gritty, raw AWESOME.

- Seven ...I love these kind of whodunnit, serial killer movies, and love the religious theme and how they fit the seven deadly sins in, will never touch a box in the middle of a field ever again.

- American History X ...Ed Norton at his best, I can never look at the pavement without getting itchy teeth again.

- Primal Fear ...made Edward Norton, great twist on the now overused "Oh he's got a split personality" movies, but Ed Norton KILLS it.

- Requiem For a Dream ...I don't care what you say about Jared Leto being a douchebag in a bad band, he is FLIPPEN great in this amazing movie.

- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ...great adaptation of a great book. And the only movie Janusz Kaminski (Spielberg's cinematographer) has done without Spielberg since Schindler's List. And it shows. The cinematography is amazing, the first person point-of-view shooting style was GENUIS. If you have not watched this, do yourself a favour. Oh and add it to my movies that made me cry.

Top Ten Movies with... is a people series on SPL!NG, featuring a host of celebrities ranging from up-and-coming to established personalities from all industries including, but not limited to: Internet, Radio, TV, Film, Music, Art and Entrepreneurs. It's a chance to discover who they are, find out where they're at and to get a fun inside look at their taste in movies.

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