We hear you turn down numerous movie scripts that have lines like “Sup brahhhh!!??” How much do you actually say that stuff in real life?
To Hollywood, I would appear very, “Hey, bro, let’s go smoke a doob.” It’s like, “Oh, we’ll have Shaun White show up and he’ll be at X-Games and he’ll air over us and the crowd.” They’ll have this script where I’m doing the typical thing you’d think I’d be doing in a movie. I really stay away from that stuff. I said yes to that Friends With Benefits movie—I got to play a character of myself. I feel like a pretty nice guy in general but they had me be a complete a**hole in the film. To everyone I was a nice guy, but to Justin Timberlake I was an a**hole ‘cause he was taking the girl I was interested in.
I guess I can only learn from the people around me. It was J.J. Thomas, Danny Kass, and Ross Powers after the [‘02] Salt Lake Olympics and the first thing that they did was sign a deal for Lipton Ice Tea. The commercial was like, “Hey bro, how’s that tasty tea you got?” Then Danny would ride up and it’d be like, “Hey dude, so good!” Then J.J. would show up and be like, “Nah, dude, that’s my iced tea.” It was that brutal. And I remember thinking, “Oh my God.”