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An Interview with David Carradine

Yesterday, David Carradine was found dead, hanging in his closet. Today, I present you with a very special interview that took place almost immediately before the Kung Fu master committed suicide.

Me: Hi, Bill.

DC: Please don’t call me that.

Me: Caine?

DC: No.

Me: Shane?

DC: No. Those are characters. I am simply (waves his hand) David.

Me: Will you at least call me grasshopper?

DC: Asshopper is more like it.

Me: Now that we’ve dispensed with the pleasantries, let’s get to the interview. Were you glad that Quentin Tarantino gave you a chance to be relevant to anyone under the age of 40?

DC: What?

Me: I mean, none of us who were born in the 70s or later ever watched “Kung Fu”. There was that new show, “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”, starring that other guy, but it was on USA or something and total cheese. Until Kill Bill, nobody my generation knew who the hell you were.

DC: I’ve been in hundreds of movies and television shows, though.

Me: Yeah, that’s true, but c’mon. I’d never even heard of “Shane” before I looked up your profile on IMDB. And with the exception of random guest appearances on popular television shows, you haven’t exactly shown up in high quality material.

DC: I was nominated for an Emmy for “Kung Fu” and a Golden Globe for “Kill Bill”!

Me: Nominated, but didn’t win. That’s like being someone’s second choice for a prom date.

DC: You are an insufferable young man.

Me: I’m not seeing a crack in the laid-back, lackadaisical David Carradine attitude, am I?

DC: Fuck off, you’re baiting me.

Me: I’m just trying to figure out why you squandered your new fame after Kill Bill. John Travolta was a has-been, too, and Pulp Fiction led to his Golden Globe win for Get Shorty, plus some excellent roles in Primary Colors, the Thin Red Line and Be Cool (we’ll forget about Battlefield Earth). You went from Kill Bill to an animated movie called “Hair High”? Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?

DC: (sobs) YES, OKAY? I’m too laid-back! I just take whatever comes along, and hang out in Thailand and have nothing but Buddhist teachings and auto-erotic asphyxiation to keep me happy. My film career just pays for my opium habit.

Me: That’s what I thought. Looks like it’s suicide again for you!

DC: What? (looks at me crazily)

Me: Oh, it’s just a quote from The Simpsons. Moe gets rescued by a gay man and says that it looks like his only out is suicide “again”.

DC: Get out! (sobs furiously)

Me: Thank you for the interview. I hope this is only a valley for you and that you still have a peak left in your career. I mean, I know it’s unlikely and all, but still, I hope it works out for you and people actually remember your name.


(Enjoy this? Check out my other interviews: Stephen Hawking and Caylee Anthony.)

58 thoughts on “An Interview with David Carradine”

  1. 1- I knew who David Carradine was before Kill Bill and I’m roughly the same age as you. He was relevant to those of us who watched quality 70s television when we were kids. Or whose parents refused to get cable.

    2- Oh, God, hahahaha @ “asshopper.” Is that your subtle way of finally coming out of the closet? 🙂

    3- lackadaisical? Really? Just because you know what that word means doesn’t mean you should use it. That was pompous, even for you.

    4- I love my new commenting format, don’t you? (I realize this is *just* they type of shit that pisses you off.

    5- You’re welcome.

    6- I miss you. :heartbeat:

    1. @Faiqa, 1- I thought your parents were awesome? What type of awesome parents don’t get cable?

      2- Yes. Want to go get your nails done with me?

      3- Lackadaisical is a very common word. What’s pompous about it?

      4- I don’t mind this style of commenting. Clearly you have a lot to say and it’s not like you have some venue of your own with which to express yourself.

      5- No, you’re welcome.

      6- Lunch again soon?

      1. @Avitable, I was born in 1971, and the show was on ’72- ’75, so yes – I actually do remember it! I watched it with my brother in the living room, when we made a fort. I specifically remember “Grasshopper”.
        You fucking youngins…..

  2. First thing Dh said was ‘Yup, auto-erotic asphxyiation.’ and it was pretty damn obvious (even to me). Cause I just don’t think like that. Well, unless they find you ‘that way’.

  3. I’m with Mari… that’s the first thing I thought of… it was definitely some sort of kinky sex act gone wrong. I mean, c’mon… Thailland. That’s where all the freaks go to get their kicks.

    Nice interview. How fortuitous you were able to snag one ; )

  4. I only knew who he was before Kill Bill because I had a friend in high school who was obsessed (seriously) with the new Kung Fu or rather the younger guy in it. I mean, really, she had problems so what does that say for his fans? Granted, she wasn’t his fan she was a fan of the other dude.

  5. don’t put your limited tv knowledge on everyone else, fuckerton !

    i watched kung fu with my mom!

    (they’re now saying something about his hands being immobilized by the rope. foul play or PR spin?)

      1. @Avitable, in reply to your post
        i’m under 40
        i knew who he was
        i was also a fan.
        i am also someone who watched the show (in re-run, NOT with a time machine) and some of his other works.

        i’m sure there are lots of people who did too so you must have expected these kinds of responses when writing the post.

  6. 1. You forgot to pimp your interview with MLK’s ghost
    2. I was born in 70’s and knew him way before Kill Bill. But yeah, reruns.
    3. I like-ah Faiqa’s comment style

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