Monday, June 15, 2020

'SpongeBob SquarePants' Makes Cameo in 'The King of Staten Island'

SpongeBob SquarePants may be about to star in his third big screen adventure, but he recently made a cameo in another movie, The King of Staten Island starring Pete Davidson, which premiered on VOD services June 12!

Davidson and director Judd Apatow were guests on the Fresh Air podcast with Terry Gross on June 11. They happened to talk about their mutual love of Nickelodeon's long-running series.

Speaking with Gross, Davidson revealed he’s remained a SpongeBob SquarePants fan even into adulthood. When he auditioned for Saturday Night Live, creator Lorne Michaels asked him his favorite sketch. Davidson struggled to think of one because his mind was full of SpongeBob episodes.

“I didn’t know [SNL] was still on,” Davidson said. “I was really young and I was still watching SpongeBob and Rocket Power and all these kids’ shows on TV. So to me, I was like oh my God, I was just so thrilled that I was able to even audition. [Adam] Sandler was my favorite comedian of all time, him and Eddie Murphy so I was aware of those sketches. My favorite of all time is Opera Man.”

Although he was the youngest cast member, Davidson was 20 when he auditioned for SNL.

“I know,” Davidson said. “I love SpongeBob. What can I say.”

Davidson stars on SNL alongside Nickelodeon alum Kenan Thompson (All That, Kenan & Kel, Good Burger).

Why Judd Apatow put SpongeBob SquarePants in The King of Staten Island:

SpongeBob SquarePants has had two blockbuster movies of his own, and a third one on the way. An episode of Nickelodeon's beloved animated series features prominently in The King of Staten Island. Davidson plays Scott, a stunted 20something still living at home with his mother (Marisa Tomei).

“I love SpongeBob,” Apatow said. “SpongeBob’s in the movie. There’s a scene where Pete’s watching SpongeBob. I didn’t even know you like SpongeBob. I put it in because I like SpongeBob.”

In fact, SpongeBob SquarePants has a legion of celebrity fans, including former president Barack Obama, musicians Ariana Grande, Goldie, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Osbourne, the late David Bowie, Wyclef Jean and Liam Gallagher, actors Mike Myers, Scarlett Johansson, David Hasselhoff, Bruce Willis, Johnny Depp, Amy Poehler, Katherine Heigl, Patton Oswalt, fashion designer Victoria Beckham, YouTuber Evan Fong, NBA star LeBron James, skateboarder Tony Hawk, and Slipknot's Corey Taylor!

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run swims into theatres on Friday, Aug. 7!

The King of Staten Island sees SNL castmember Pete Davidson plays a fictionalized version of himself. The film draws on Davidson's real life experience of losing his own father, a 9/11 First Responder. Filmmaker Judd Apatow and Davidson talk to Fresh Air about being comedy nerds, grappling with their parents' divorces, and the importance of talking about feelings.

More Nick: Nickelodeon Announces Voice Cast for 'Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years', First-Ever 'SpongeBob SquarePants' Spinoff!

Original source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
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