(AUSTRALIA) JULY 23rd, 2001
Grill with Jerry O'Connell
Jerry O'Connell has been in our midst for most of this year shooting
a locally set gangster caper flick, Down and Under, co-starring Estella
Warren and Christopher Walken. So has he been paying
attention? Exactly how much does American actor and former Slider
O'Connell, 27, know about Australia? Julietta Jameson puts him to
Jerry. Firstly, a sign that says "No Thongs Allowed"
I assume it is referring to shoes. But if we were on Bondi
Beach I would think it was referring to bathing suits. Love that
Bondi. I am a girl watcher and on Bondi you can watch the girls go
by, oh my, my, my.
What is the
name of the small orange crustaceans we like to throw on the barbie?
A yabby. Or a bug. When someone ordered a plate of bugs,
I couldn't work it out until I had some of them and they were very good.
answer was prawn.
Of course, prawn! But my answer was good, right?
At least you
didn't say shrimp. But what is the capital city of Australia?
The capital city of Australia is definitely not Coober Pedy where I
spent a week shooting Down and Under. It's Positively frightening
national anthem, any ideas?
Well, I went to a State of Origin match and I had a bet with some of
the guys I worked with and if I'd lost it I would have had to sing the
national anthem in my underpants. But I won the bet.
Kylie Minogue. I am a big fan and I have the two-disc set
already. A lot of people don't know this, but there was some talk
about her being the co-star in Down and Under. But she makes so
much money on tour that we couldn't quite afford her. But I'm
definitely "spinning around."
Something you do not spread on toast like peanut
butter. It is delicious, a very good form of energy, but should be
used cautiously. The first time I had Vegemite, I treated it like
it was peanut butter and had a rude awakening. I do like it,
though. Very high in vitamin B. Very good for working on an
action movie like "Down and Under" - a little soy and linseed
toast, a little bit of Vegemite. She'll be right!
better beer: Australia or the US?
Definitely Australia. I was taught how to drink in Australia
by Bill Hunter who is in this film. I spent three months with him
and went out drinking with him every night. His favourite beer is
Victoria Bitter, so it is now mine. By the way, every night that I
went drinking with Bill Hunter, I woke up with my shoes on.
Just cute and cuddly, or capable of inflicting bodily harm?
I actually came into contact with a koala... It tried to attack
me. They can definitely be deadly. The only one I had come
into contact with before that was a stuffed toy that someone had sent me
from the Olympics.
Yes. A kangaroo is one of the leading characters in this
film... So I had to deal quite a bit with a real kangaroo. And let
me say, nothing is crazier that an real kangaroo. The most insane
creatures in the world. Untameable, uncontrollable, totally
unpredictable. In the rankings of craziest animals, it goes
kangaroos... then Bill Hunter.