Inspiration for Van Wilder Insists He Has Never Seen the Movie

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By Richard Horgan Comment

If Hollywood turned a Rolling Stone magazine profile of you into a movie starring Ryan Reynolds, you’d go see it, right? Like either at the premiere, if invited, or for sure on opening Friday night?

LifeofthePartyCoverWrong. In an interview with the New York Post‘s Reed Tucker to promote the May 27 release of the book Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child, former Florida State University hell-raiser Bert Kreischer swears he’s never seen the 2002 National Lampoon comedy. Or maybe it’s just that he doesn’t remember.

Tucker got Kreischer to run through some fun anecdotes involving Tracy Morgan, cocaine-equipped screenwriters for an Oliver Stone project and ultimate party-animal praise:

“My first night in New York ever, I went down to the Meatpacking District and a journalist friend named Steve Garbarino showed me my first gay bar. We went to an after-hours club called Marylou’s, and this guy recognized me. He said, “You’re the party animal! I just read about you. I got to get you a drink!”

“I went, “No, no. That’s OK.” I was just being coy. He called over to his friends, “Harvey, Abel, you gotta meet this guy. He’s the No. 1 party animal.” I’m looking, and the girl we’re with goes, ‘Holy s – -t! I can’t believe David Lee Roth wants to buy you a drink.’ That was my first night in New York.”

For the book, it’s not quite Roth in a bar. But ahead of the tome’s post-Memorial Day arrival, Kreischer – now a stand-up comic – got a nice blurb quote from Marc Maron.

[Jacket cover courtesy: St. Martin’s Press]