It's not every day that I talk to an A-list actor about his penis. In fact, it's seldom that I even speak of penises. However, I welcomed the penis of Billy Crudup into my life with open arms last night (so to speak) as I stepped into the fan universe of "Watchmen," the latest film directed by Zack Snyder.
When I arrived on set, I was overwhelmed by a slew of "Watchmen" costumes, shirts, masks (see: Rorschach) and other creative and/or frightening paraphernalia worn by the kids who came to see our exclusive screening of the film.
So, about halfway through our taping, I welcomed Billy Crudup and Matthew Goode onstage, otherwise known to fans as Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias. Now, if you haven't read "Watchmen,” you aren't aware that Dr. Manhattan basically appears as an iridescent-blue naked man for the entirety of the film. (Think CGI meets Blue Man Group meets full-frontal nudity.) So, I felt it necessary to point out to Mr. Crudup that I was a bit uncomfortable with interviewing him as I (along with the audience) basically had been staring at his package for two hours and 45 minutes! I had read somewhere that Snyder wanted Crudup’s penis to be smaller on film so that the audience would pay attention to the other 99% of the visuals onscreen — I figure either that's true and was the director's choice, or maybe Billy was worried that his true colors would be exposed and less, er, vibrant than his fans expected. Either way, I asked him how comfortable he was with everyone watching his junk for about three hours. His response? He laughed and said three hours was "pretty good" for him.
Oh, and what did Matthew Goode/Ozymandias have to say about Billy's manhood? "NICE CO--!" he exclaimed, just before we finished the interview. Truly a golden moment of my career at MTV News.
Billy Crudup was a good sport when it came to dealing with my (perhaps inappropriate) questions — he had a really, really big ... sense of humor about it. And I appreciated that.
For more "Watchmen," goodies, plus first looks at "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Star Trek," be sure to watch "Spoilers," Saturday at 8 p.m. on MTV.