I'm Matthew Lillard, I'm an actor and I'm sorta, semi-famous. I've been in lots of movies, some of em good, most of em bad. I have many children, a dog named Rocket who got run over on my birthday and a wife who hates it when I talk dirty on Twitter. I also can't spell. I wanna tell you about FAT KID RULES THE WORLD... a movie I directed… it's rad.


Come and get some…AMA!

Twitter Verification: http://twitter.com/MatthewLillard/status/207676335835979777

EDIT: i'm out. My fingers are bleeding. Support. Love. Thank you for reading my blithers... If we make it, I'll be back with a VENGEANCE! Keep up with the fatness on Twitter @matthewlillard and @FatKidMovie


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matthewlillard2151 karma

I'm here. bring the noise. i can't spell. sometimes I cuss. I'm naked as i type this.

scru833 karma

I had the biggest crush on you when I was sixteen. Thanks for doing this!

matthewlillard1576 karma

what I'm ugly now? I blast clooney's wife for Christ's sake!
I'm a piece of ass....

L7_weenie373 karma

Fuck that. Mr Lillard you are still my only cetebrity crush. Never thought I'd be able to say that to you. Rad!

matthewlillard651 karma

I have now recieved this news and will hold onto it till i die!

GoodGuyAnusDestroyer449 karma

You need to post pics of said nakedness for science. That's how we roll around here.

matthewlillard652 karma

that's funny. Pictures of nakedness are not permitted. But i'll draw you something sick.

GeneralWarts382 karma

OP will surely deliver.

matthewlillard677 karma

what is an OP?

kylebrowning243 karma

Original Poster.

empw473 karma

Thanks for not saying fag

matthewlillard986 karma

wouldn't. I love gay.

matthewlillard1595 karma

1.4 million readers... no way. that's bullshit... right?

AmericanDerp971 karma

It's legit. Not all active or anything like that, but I'd bet at least a quarter million at any time. Your AMA will land on the front page. A front page that for sure a half million to a million people will see. Then this gets linked on twitter, facebook, blogs, news articles...

You got a big audience today man!

EDIT: and there you go, front and #1 of ALL of Reddit's millions of users and thousands (?) of communities:


matthewlillard1402 karma

I don't understand? THere's awards for this shit... Cause i'm a WINNER! I'M GONNA WIN THIS THING!!!

Please tell me I get a trophy... how do I get a trophy? Or a plaque? Can I get a plaque??

I will totally get naked for reals if I can win something cool. For reals guys.

Hugs_n_Nugs506 karma


matthewlillard1159 karma

(that's hot)

mikelly12201433 karma

You absolutely rocked in Hackers. Do you still keep in contact with any of your co-stars from the film?

matthewlillard1457 karma

THey're all famous, like really famous, I'm not as famous. We don't roll in the same circles. THe good news is I like them all and I think they like me. When we do see each other it's love.

Viktorious_ATL628 karma

If you still keep in touch with Linda Cardellini, tell her that she needs to play more hot, smart female roles because I say so.

matthewlillard583 karma

yes. I love her. she plays HOT DOG WATER on MYSTERY INC. the new Scooby Doo series.

redbeardo651 karma

Gets a cell phone call "Matthew Lillard is on reddit doing an AMA!!"

Immediately rollerblades to the nearest phone booth to connect my laptop to the reddit database and hack the answers.

rox0r173 karma

Only to find out that you forgot to invalidate memcache and cassandra and by the time anyone sees your modifications to postgres reddit will have moved on.

matthewlillard648 karma

you're too deep. Pull out.

Rape_Stink313 karma

I always wondered what Lord Nikon was up to these days.

matthewlillard592 karma

me too. someone find out.

argash176 karma

He did the Shield and then Prison Break, most recently was Earl in The Lincoln Lawyer. Now Phreak on the other hand went on to Ramon in Con Air.

matthewlillard530 karma

and then disappeared. He was also in that tunnel crashing/stallone film.

GeneralWarts147 karma

Namely Angelina Jolie or The Plague.

burrito_fucker246 karma

Mr. The Plague

vtsteve151 karma


matthewlillard504 karma

I think it's crazy how this movie has fully come on lately as a classic in the cyber/geek world.

matthewlillard1163 karma

I'm still trying to figure this out. Do I just track down and start answering questions?

mjohnson062976 karma

Dude, if you keep ASKING questions you'll never get the fuck out of here.

matthewlillard1619 karma

i'm here forever and ever... you don't scare me reddit.com

robdob774 karma

Pretty much. Just answer whatever you feel like, as long as you don't repeat Woody Harrelson's mistake.

matthewlillard1125 karma

shit... what was it? did i do it already? I did didn't I....

tophatpete1055 karma

You definitely aren't doing it. He refused to answer any question that didn't pertain to his latest project. You're taking the time to answer replies of replies of replies and posting honest shit while tactfully promoting your latest project. You, sir, are doing it right.

matthewlillard1137 karma

thanks. I'm trying. God I'm trying...

Otagraf331 karma

When they schedule AMAs I think the mods should kinda key them in a bit on what happened there, how the website works and to just have fun. I believe someone made celeb AMA guidelines somewhere.

Edit: Spelling

matthewlillard531 karma

they don't. My buddy Jordan told me a bit... that's it.

trentlott396 karma

Tell Joran I'm stealing his name for my D&D campaign.

matthewlillard686 karma

i play. I like you best of all trentlott. (but wait... i sorta hate you screen name)

joemama191121 karma

I don't care what the other 7 billion people in the world think, Without a Paddle was fucking awesome. Only one question: did the girls really grow their leg hair like that for the shot?

Zbow790 karma

How young are you people?! Scream was an amazing movie and no one has even mentioned it. You were great in that, first thing I ever saw you in. Your acting style is just ridiculous and can go so many directions. Oh yah and you're hilarious. Be my friend.

matthewlillard1283 karma

i'm now your best friend. forever. we should get tatoo's of each others face.

shazang546 karma

iTunes says my play count on Without a Paddle is 67. Holy fuck. What happened to my life!?

matthewlillard1205 karma

wow. you win. You also need a new hobby.

chachomcleod1068 karma

Hey man, thanks for doing this.

I always thought that Thirteen Ghosts was a great horror movie - the ghosts were all really well done, the production value was great and you probably did the best acting job out of the bunch. Yet, it didn't get great reviews and didn't make a lot of money.

As an actor, how do you deal with the "aftermath" so to speak of a film like that? I know you probably think it's a lot better than the reception it got - but do you feel the need to try and defend it, or do you just say "hey, I did my best" and move on?

matthewlillard1257 karma

Great question. You live with it. You own it best you can. I know that DUNGEON SIEGE sucked but you try and love it for what it is. It's like your kid... ya know? You really hold on to the positive.

froggy666610 karma

I love that you type how you talk. It's epic.

matthewlillard1781 karma

i'm a better speller when I talk....

s3gfau1t200 karma

I enjoyed Dungeon Siege, I totally forgot that you were in it... oops. I might have to dig that out when I get home tonight!

Edit: Ray Liotta was fricking creepy in that movie.

matthewlillard544 karma

Liotta in leather pants and a king with a face that didn't move. That movie sucks.
I love Uwe Boll. and the cast. But it's a movie fail.

soularflares585 karma

I just wanted to piggyback this comment to say that I loved Thirteen Ghosts. I watched that movie about 100 times in one summer. Also helped that Matthew Lillard is super fine.

matthewlillard766 karma

I think watching that movie 100 times qualifies you for a big ass award!

lumpy_walnut268 karma

Best actor by far but the Jackal was amazing too, and I loved that the DVD gave backstory and all of the ghosts.

You also had the best death scene but I dont know if it is a compliment to say "Hey man, you are pretty amazing at dying."

matthewlillard771 karma

The funny thing is that the big african american ghost dude disappeared in the middle of the shoot and they brought in another big arfican american ghost dude. different dudes

matthewlillard1048 karma


Who the Hell is working?

Ps... if you like me at ALL? If you love punk rock! If you didn't fit into the "normal high school bullshit world..." Check this out and love it HARD!


If everyone gave a dollar... the movie would help save lives. True. Story.

swashbutler125 karma

I'm "working"... (minimizing Reddit when my supervisor walks by)

I just donated 5 dollars to your kickstarter!

You're awesome, by the way.

matthewlillard151 karma

thank you. and thank you.

64oz_Slurprise78 karma

Seriously, if you hung out on Reddit we would have your lovechild. That's sorta how it works.

matthewlillard344 karma

i'm ovulating. Lets do this shit.

matthewlillard910 karma

I'm here 3 hours... I can't feel my fingers and I have to eat... how long do I stay?

I need to say stuff about FAT KID and I'm just banging around being funny. SHIT! You guys... I need help. Please. I swear you'll be happy you supported this film...it's awesome. tinyurl.com/fatkidrules

matthewlillard858 karma

i'm out. My fingers are bleeding.
Support. Love. Thank you for reading my blithers... If we make it, I'll be back with a VENGEANCE!


[deleted]796 karma

Hey Matt, loved you in Scream. I heard that Scooby-Doo was originally scripted and shot as a much more adult-oriented movie, but then got edited to be more family friendly. If that's true, any chance you could give some details on the stuff that got cut out?

matthewlillard1335 karma

gladly answer. It was after the heat of SHREK and the studio was all for a above the kids head line of comedy... they brought in James Gunn (SUPER? SLITHER? He's the best ever, love him) and he delivered that version of the script. Yes to all the things you think it is. Smokey van. Velma eyeballing Daphne. Fred being gay because of the ascot. When we tested the parents flipped their lids and Warners got scarred. Its' one of the crown jewels in their library and couldn't risk a back lash.
also the demons were really scarry... they were softened.

thepatnash779 karma

What's the most shameless - but actually awesome - way you used your fame?

matthewlillard1730 karma

I very rarely wait for a table. I have a perfect amount of fame... Not hassled, rarely wait.

edgarallanboh840 karma

that's like having the perfect "minor super power"

bruiserdotcom825 karma

My breasts can always tell when it's going to rain.

matthewlillard872 karma

that's awesome. what's your stripper name?

Rommel79639 karma


I loved SLC Punk. I hadn't watched it until recently, but the part where Bob dies actually got to me.

I'm glad to hear you're directing, but I wish you were in more movies. I think you're a funny guy.

matthewlillard729 karma

shit. tell everyone you know! I need more work!
and if you like that movie... I really think you'll dig FAT KID RULES THE WORLD. True story.

beerbabe375 karma

Every time I watch SLC Punk I get misty at that scene. Every single time.

matthewlillard853 karma

It's the proudest moment of my acting career. We shot that scene before lunch and I had nothing. Everyone went away, I stayed in that little room and worked myself into a frenzy... when it was time to start after lunch I was ready to loose my shit.

skajoeska196 karma

If you watch it with commentary on, James Merendino (Director) and Michael A. Goorjian (Bob) start making fun of Matt for the giant vein bulging on his forehead during that scene. I thought it was a funny contrast to the otherwise extremely emotional scene.

matthewlillard1002 karma

That giant vein ruined my career.

Now that I'm getting old and fat it's harder to see and I expect to be hugely famous any day now.

matthewlillard1200 karma

I forgot sarcasm doesn't work on Al Gore's interweb....

killrickykill586 karma

Matthew - I thought you did a great job on the descendants, also I just watched wicker park yesterday, just saying.

How much of a misconception is there about wealth in Hollywood, not that I want to know how much money you have, but more that a person in your position as you say semi famous (dude everyone knows who you are, you were in scream for fucks sake, and hackers) but I think that people assume if they recognize someone from a movie that they must have millions of dollars, so how difficult is it to manage money in between movies while also having to stay out of the public per se (I mean you can't just go get an apartment on la cienega, you'd get bothered all day) so does that have an effect on rules you choose where you may even take a role in something that you feel is subpar just because you have bills to pay? Also is clooney is cool as very one says he is? Any interesting stories from the set?

Thanks for doing this man!!

matthewlillard1305 karma

you have tons of stuff here. I love Wicker Park everyone in that movie is beautiful and we had a blast shooting in Montreal.

Ohhh my GOD... being an actor is terrible for money. Yes I've made a lot at time in my past, but the truth is that version of Hollywood is LONG gone. Hollywood use to be run by artist and people who loved artist... people who wanted to make movies for all the right reasons. For the love. the Art. To tell stories. YEs to make money as well, but it was about both. NOW i feel, it's mostly about bottom line and making money. Supply and demand dictates you pay what the market dictates... how much do you have to pay someone to be in a George Clooney/Alexander Payne film? NOTHING!! Because everyone in the world wants to be a part of it. Therefore you pay nothing. And that continues until you become something they need... I'm not that kind of actor. I'm blue collar and very replaceable.

tirade. sorry. hot button topic. I need a job because I need to make money to feed my family. Just like everyone else. Yes I can hit a home run at some point... but that's yet to happen for me.

Clooney is the best.

HungryC112 karma

I love that this is such a genuine reply. This sounds silly to say, but thank you for just being yourself in this AMA!

matthewlillard196 karma

totally. who else would I be?

I'm not fake. I'm me. I don't get people who are like that on things like this... why fake me? Makes no sense.

Static_Line_Bait49 karma

This is obviously subjective, but I think you're underestimating your... draw? Any movie you're in, I'm willing to watch or at least give it a shot, even if it would otherwise be 'meh' for me. My SO feels the same, and I'd bet we're not alone. You've got a distinct presence, not replaceable at all.

matthewlillard95 karma

thanks. but studio's don't agree. They're way more keen to give things to people with great Abs. My abs suck.

If you believe in me, what I do... you'll love FAT KID. I swear on it.

matthewlillard823 karma

hahahahahahahahahahahahahhhhhaaaaaaaa. THAT'S HILARIOUS. I swear on my daughters eyeballs... that's not even close. How much do you think I made on DESCENDANTS?

wasserbrunner167 karma

How much did you make on Descendants? Seriously, would be very interested to know just to get an idea

RatherDashing391 karma

My guess: An authographed head shot of clooney, a hotel room, and some kraft service.

matthewlillard269 karma

It would be worth it.

dedbodiez328 karma

“The amount of days you work, as a successful actor, isn’t very many and if you’re doing a movie like this, you get less than a union teacher — well, maybe not less,” he says. “It’s 1,600 dollars for five days a week, and then you have to pay taxes on top of that, plus 10 percent to management and 10 percent to an agent, so 1,600 dollars for a week isn’t that much money.”

that's from an interview he did about getting paid less than 2,000 a week for being a part of the Descendants

matthewlillard625 karma

winner, winner, winner.

true story. I have three kids and a moderate size house.
I do what I love, I'm proud of my life, i wouldn't change it... but I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination.

FAC23450 karma

SLC Punk was a huge part of my high-school years and remains one of my favorite movies. What is your opinion on the current state of punk music today?

matthewlillard545 karma

I don't follow that scene and would be a poser if I tried to answer. I will say if you dig punk rock music, check out FAT KID.

CatharticMonkey178 karma

Is there going to be a UK release at all, or will it just be in the US? It looks like a fantastic film, and you seem like a really cool guy (I don't know much about your acting, because all I've seen of you is your role in Scooby-doo) so I'd be really interested in supporting it. Either way, I'm definitely considering contributing on Kickstarter.

Thanks for doing this AMA; it's very interesting reading.

Edit: I accidentally a word.

matthewlillard595 karma

I wanna make out with you hard. Where are you in the UK... I'm coming to get ya!

matthewlillard806 karma

So serious I posted it twice.

matthewlillard435 karma

I wanna make out with you hard. Where are you in the UK... I'm coming to get ya!

kujuh146 karma

Did you know anything about the Mormon religion before this movie?

matthewlillard431 karma

I dated a girl in high school and thought we were going to get married... she was mormon and her mom told me it wasn't really going to be a long term relationship. N.M. (i edited the name... some people told me to. I'm such a rookie)... Tustin. I loved that Mormon!

Shark_Kicker86 karma

You might want to redact that name. There are nutballs on reddit at times.

matthewlillard127 karma

I'm such a rookie. done.

uroborus_labs61 karma

Why don't you go the Louie C.K. route and just sell the video digitally online yourself?

matthewlillard114 karma

I didn't know people would care... I'm SHOCKED to see how many people are here. It's bananas.

sqwarlock424 karma

So since you pointed to your role in SLC Punk as the most important one, is it safe to assume that's been your favorite role to play?

If that is indeed the case, what is it that made Steveo so important to you and your career?

On a side note, I still love that movie for taking Devon Sawa and throwing him into a role that I NEVER would've expected him to play.

matthewlillard1162 karma

Because I got to carry a movie. I got to be the guy... nobody has let me do that very much... I'm always a side character and every frame of that movie is me. Or mostly every frame. I got to be heroic, funny, dramatic... it spoke to kids in a real way, made an impact of kids in a real way. It was huge for me.

alinamatters628 karma

You need to be the lead role in more films.

matthewlillard1238 karma

shit. tell everyone you know.

capxxv687 karma

I feel like his performance in SLC Punk was one of the few genuinely authentic acting performances I've seen. It wasn't like watching a movie, it was like watching someone's life. That movie was amazing and positively changed my life and perspective on a lot of things when I was in my late teens.

matthewlillard617 karma

thank you capxxv. very kind.

anexanhume347 karma

Hi Matthew, anything interesting to say about your work on The Descendants? Is George Clooney's man-charm contagious? If so, did you attempt to bottle it?

matthewlillard1332 karma

I took snippets of his hair, framed them and hung them above my bed. Each night I high five that piece of him as I make sweet love to my wife.

He's better then you can ever imagine. I heart him to death.

StockOption291 karma

How's the transition from acting to directing? Also, what made you choose to start out directing with Fat Kid Rules the World?

Love your stuff!

matthewlillard631 karma

For me it's about someone lost in the world and I was that kid. My high school life was miserable. Totally lost.

It's based on a great book by KL GOING and I was asked to do the book on tape. 20 pages in I was crying becasue I was so moved and I optioned the rights. It took 9 years but I finally got it made. finally. And it's fucking awesome. I promise... we've played through the roof and I'm thrilled it's getting out into the world. check it out. fatkidrulestheworld.com. check it out. Help our kickstarter.

JayWyld583 karma

I'm in this movie. I play Troy. Donate. -jacob wysocki

matthewlillard509 karma

if you're in this movie... what is printed on the back of our crew shirt? The quote I say all the time???? Hmmmm......?

JayWyld589 karma

Let it be this time!!!! It's me bro. C'mon baby.

matthewlillard662 karma

MY MAN! You are him and you, my dear friend, are amazing. WOrld! REDDIT.COM... my new tribe... Jacob Wysocki is a genius and the soul of FAT KID RULES THE WORLD. If you want to see an amazing actor in his element, if you have the notion to be moved, inspired, if you believe that the new great thing can be unlike others you've seen before... that he can look like you or me? Find Jacob Wysocki and know his work.

He. is. Brilliance.

not kidding.

blindmansayswat195 karma

Also, as a prior fat kid, thanks for making this adaption. I read the book when I was a fat kid and found it awesome. Looking forward to the movie.

matthewlillard590 karma

it's epic huh? I loved the book and it meant the world to me, seeing me in a book... The only way the movie gets out there is if we hit our goal on Kickstarter. check it out... this is me pushing my shit... sorry I have to it's my love.

matthewlillard589 karma

do you hate me for that?

thetoastmonster538 karma

No, we love you. No homo. Well, maybe a bit.

captain_zavec73 karma

If you see this, Mr Lillard, each one of the points on that comment is somebody that agrees. Everybody loves you!

matthewlillard145 karma

i had no idea... thank you for that. wow. that makes more sense.

archanoid188 karma


matthewlillard360 karma

ok. just figured out what RAMPART is. poor bastard. He has no idea how ugly that legacy is.

blindmansayswat156 karma

I actually didn't realize there was a kickstarter for the project until just now. What the fucking shit I almost missed out on this. This movie is something I don't mind being shamelessly pushed. Please do more of that. Donated.

matthewlillard488 karma

I can't believe how generous everyone here is... can I come back? Can I buy a house in this REDDIT.COM world? I'm all about this. Truly. I wanna run for city council.

Midiex84 karma


matthewlillard262 karma

hackers. Because you said please.