Bill Chott has collaborated with some of the biggest names in comedy these days
-- Stephen Colbert, Adam McKay, Amy Poehler. Which you can read all about in this week's feature story, "Big Funny."
Back in 2001, Scott Dikkers, founder of The Onion, was getting into the film-making business and asked his friend Bob Odenkirk to recommend an actor for a short pic Dikkers wanted to do, The Kill. (Which you can watch above.)
"I told Bob I was looking for sort of a lovable oaf, and how I hadn't
found anybody, and he threw me Bill's name, and I cast him without even
auditioning him," Dikkers tells Daily RFT.
Dikkers and Chott shot The Kill
in the dead of winter in Wisconsin and Illinois. "Before we start
shooting," recalls Dikkers, "the animal handler on the deer farm wanted
to address the crew. We go out to meet him, it's 5 a.m., dark, ten
below zero, everybody's freezing, and he sits us down in this
half-outdoor hut. He says, 'Now the first thing I want you all to know
is that more animal handlers are killed every year by white-tailed deer
than by any other animal!' We're all like, 'What are you talking
about?' He told us the bucks were in their rutting season, and he will
have his shotgun, and if the bucks come at us he will shoot. Because he
does not want to get into a one-on-one wrestling match with a
white-tailed deer. He's done it before and he doesn't want to do it
"I remember Bill having this [bug-eyed] look--because
he knew he'd be out there [with the deer]. I, of course, wanted a buck
in the film, because hunters go after bucks. But there was no way that
was happening. So we went with a doe."