It\u2019s incredible to think that it has almost been 20 years since the release of Super Troopers, which ascended to cult status and ignited a genre, thanks to it\u2019s skewed take on US law enforcement. But despite its success and having provided some of the most comic lines of the time, the reality of a sequel as years went by became more of a pipe dream.\r\n\r\nFortunately, not all heroes (or anti-heroes for that matter) wear badges, and fans loyal to the first film banded together to make the sequel a reality, through a crowd-funding scheme that smashed it\u2019s initial targets.\r\n\r\nAnd they have been rewarded for their loyalty \u2013 with a sequel is quite possibly better than the first, embracing a rawer sense of humour that is close to the edge at times, but pulls back just enough to be great fun.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like:\r\nThe Sopranos Are Back at it in \u201cThe Many Saints of Newark\u201d\r\nStranger Things Bad Lip Reading Makes Things Stranger\r\n\u201cA Bloody Silly Idea\u201d \u2013 Richard Hammond on The Grand Tour\u2019s Second Season\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe story brings all the troops back for one last shot at being police officers, as they must help transition a small Canadian town that is found to be on the wrong side of the Canadian\/American border. Obviously, with the history of dislike with the Canadian\u2019s and American\u2019s, it makes for some hilarious\u2026shenanigans.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nScreenwriters and stars of the film, Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske (of comedy troupe Broken Lizard), sat down with Man of Many recently to talk about the long road to the sequel.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTalk us through the journey of the sequel and why it took so long?\r\n\r\nErik: well it took forever for Kevin to grow his moustache!\r\n\r\nJay: You know what it\u2019s hard to make movies and\u2026we had to raise the money ourselves so it took us a while. We did a crowd funding campaign for a couple of years. It just took a while. But the result is very much the movie we wanted to make. We\u2019re all very happy about it.\r\n\r\nThe new movie seems a lot more polished than its predecessor. Did the time between the movies, and your other projects in-between, help hone your comedic craft?\r\n\r\nJay: yeah we have become much better filmmakers, both as writers and certainly as actors and for me, directing. We now know how to shoot all the shots\u2026and we\u2019re not trying to figure out how to do it. It\u2019s much quicker and streamlined.\r\n\r\nWe focussed ourselves on writing a well-organised story, that was lean and mean\u2026so that we could expand it with jokes. I think we\u2019re just better at it.\r\n\r\nYou mentioned that you wanted the film to be leaner and meaner, and it certainly eschews a lot of the political correctness themes of today. Was that an important point?\r\n\r\nJay: We just look for the comedy, you know. Political correctness has its place but we try and take jokes to the edge and try not to offend too many people. And when we do, we just wanted to say that it\u2019s not like we are doing it randomly, we read books and we read newspapers \u2013 we\u2019re big intellectual guys and we\u2019re making THAT joke. And if someone is unhappy with that joke, that\u2019s ok we intended to make that joke, and we can live with that.\r\n\r\nFor a sequel, it\u2019s unusual for most of the cast t make a return. How was it when you all got back together in uniform?\r\n\r\nSteve Lemme: We were lucky that we were all alive still to be honest\u2026that could have been a problem.\r\n\r\nKevin: It was good. It\u2019s nice that you have the first you as it allows you to use that as capital to get the people to come back and it was such a beloved first movie\u2026people were happy to come backand join us. It was an easy project in that sense.\r\n\r\nWere you guys surprised by the cult status that the first film achieved, and did that put pressure on the sequel?\r\n\r\nJay: We were completely surprised. Surprised that we got into Sundance, that we sold to Fox\u2026that people connected with it and watched it multiple times and bonded with the film \u2013 it was a stone surprise. So, there was an immense amount of pressure because of the relationship people have with the first, to not screw it up.\r\n\r\nBecause if we messed the second film up we were really going to mess the first film up as well. Because they would say \u2018oh, well that was a fluke and these guys\u2026they\u2019re not funny anymore\u2019 and all these bad feelings would happen. So, yeah it was a high-pressure situation. Openly, we just took a risk and went for it.\r\n\r\nWith the process that you went through to get this sequel made \u2013 including the crowd funding \u2013 do you see this as an indie film of sorts?\r\n\r\nKevin: Yeah, I think we do. You know we worked hard to fund it privately and the studio wasn\u2019t so much involved in the finance of the film or the creative \u2013 so we did really treat it as an independent film.\r\n\r\nThere were so many pledges that came with roles in the film to producer credits, to getting the cop car driven by you guys in the movie. Was there on standout experience that you had from this process?\r\n\r\nKevin: I was most disappointed because we put up a perk that if you gave us $US25m then one of us would sire a child with you and no one picked us up on it. We even dropped it by $US1,000 and still none took us up on it \u2013 I was a little disappointed in that.\r\n\r\nJay: I was surprised, very surprised. I think my wife was actually relieved I was trying.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAre we likely to see a third Super Troopers and, if so, we\u2019re not going to have to wait another 20 years?\r\n\r\nJay: You know it all depends on how the fans consume the movie. The first one, the majority of fans saw it [on DVD]. It made $US20m on the box office here and then $US80m on video. And unfortunately, the arm that green lights movies is the theatrical arm. So, if enough people go into the theatres to see it then we\u2019ll say \u2018ok lets make another one\u2019. If everyone waits to watch it on home video, then it\u2019s going to be another 20 years.\r\n\r\nDo you think that for the third movie, you might go down the crowd-funding route again or hope that it is just a case of the studio picking it back up again?\r\n\r\nJay: Ideally that would be the fastest route to it. Now, we had a really good experience crowd funding, so it is possible but crowd funding has changed while we were making the movie. Before, when we first did our campaign, the crowds were not allowed to own a piece of it and get back in the back end if it did well. Now, you are allowed to do that and you can literally sell shares in the movie and it\u2019s an intriguing idea to make a film where the audience can just put money up and if we do well at the box office, they get a check in mail with their money back plus a profit.\r\n\r\nKevin, in the latest movie Fava finally has a bit of a love scene, can you tell us a little about that?\r\n\r\nKevin: Are you talking about my love scene with Mac? It was you know, one of those weird things that you circle on the calendar and you look at it for a while and then you\u2019re like \u2018oh God, we wrote this so we have to do it now.\u2019 It all went pretty well, until I got his moustache hair in his mouth and then things kind of got a little gross.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIs there a line from the first film that gets shouted or quoted at you the most?\r\n\r\nKevin: I get yelled at all the time \u2018how do we make a fireballs?\u2019, \u2018want a litre of cola?\u2019, \u2018Shenanigans\u2019. I think everyone has that one line from the first film and it\u2019s flattering, because we try to make\u2026lines that will be memorable, and I hope in the second one there are some that have that same effect.\r\n\r\nDo you think that all friend groups have a Fava esque character?\r\n\r\nJay: People certainly tell us that. They say that everybody has a Fava in their group and that\u2019s why people really resonate with that character.\r\n\r\nAnd is Kevin the Fava of your group? \r\n\r\nJay: Yes Kevin is the Fava of our group!\r\n\r\nKevin: Wait, what?\r\n\r\nErik: I\u2019m going to play devils advocate. Kevin actually is a very organised member of our group. He\u2019s actually a lawyer and a lot of people might be surprised that he has passed the bar in New York and Connecticut.\r\n\r\nCan you imagine if you were in prison and Fava showed up as your lawyer? You\u2019d be thinking \u2018errrr\u2026this isn\u2019t going to go well.\u2019\r\n\r\nGroup: (Laughs)\r\n\r\nJay: Yeah probably.\r\n\r\nSuper Troopers 2 is in cinemas now and is certainly one of the funniest films we\u2019ve seen in recent years. And based on the fact that it took $US14.7m in the US in its first weekend with a budget of just $US13.5m, the future looks set for the return of the most dysfunctional police force in the world.\r\n\r\n\r\nYou'll also like:\r\nThe Sopranos Are Back at it in \u201cThe Many Saints of Newark\u201d\r\nStranger Things Bad Lip Reading Makes Things Stranger\r\n\u201cA Bloody Silly Idea\u201d \u2013 Richard Hammond on The Grand Tour\u2019s Second Season\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to\u00a0Man of Many? You can also follow us on\u00a0Facebook,\u00a0Twitter, and\u00a0Instagram.