This year marks the 20th anniversary of Encino Man, that little film in which two high school students, social climber Dave (Sean Astin) and outcast Stoney (Pauly Shore), find a frozen caveman (Brendan Fraser) buried in Dave’s yard, thaw him out, and enroll him in high school. Knowing that the DVD’s only special features are the original trailer and a three-and-a-half-minute production featurette — the highlight of which is watching a movie producer use a gigantic cell phone on set — EW decided to celebrate by creating its own set of extras with help from Shore.
TRIVIA: Shore was originally offered the role of the caveman, Link. “A guy named Peter Paterno, who was the head of Hollywood Records took my MTV stuff into Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was running Disney at the time,” Shore says. “They didn’t know who the hell I was. Then they offered me the role of the caveman, because I guess I looked like a caveman at the time, you know. I passed on it. I’m like, ‘That doesn’t make sense, because then I would have to grunt the whole movie.'” Instead, Shore worked with writer Shawn Schepps, producer George Zaloom, and director Les Mayfield to rewrite the best-friend role in the script, gave him all the terminology Shore was popularizing on his MTV show Totally Pauly, and named him Stoney. “Me and my manager started looking at tapes of different actors, and that’s when Brendan’s tape came in, and we were like, ‘Holy crap, this guy’s a really good actor’, ” Shore says. “People always say, ‘Never work with kids and animals,’ but I totally disagree. Because kids and animals, and then cavemen, are very spontaneous. Brendan went to so many crazy places, like a kid would or an animal. That’s why I think the chemistry was good between us. I think a lot of other actors would have acted the role. He was feelin’ it. I think his acting made my comedy better.” READ FULL STORY