What was the film that beat Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 at the box office in Denmark? It wasn’t Deathly Hallows — Part 2, or The Avengers, or The Amazing Spider-Man, or anything that could be described as remotely blockbustery. No, it was Klown, a raunchy homegrown comedy about two friends — the hapless Frank (Frank Hvam) and the sex-obsessed Casper (Casper Christensen) — who embark on a disastrous canoeing trip with Frank’s 12-year-old nephew. Roughly 20 percent of Denmark’s population saw Klown when it was released in 2010, which is quite a statistic, considering that the movie features bad language, drug use, a brothel, a ménage à trois, and an explicitly depicted act of fellatio.
Now Klown is arriving on our shores, opening in limited release on July 27. Christensen and Hvam, who also wrote the script, based the movie on their smash Danish TV series of the same name, which ended in 2009 after six seasons. ”It’s a lot like the movie,” says Christensen of the Curb Your Enthusiasm-esque show in which, just like in the film, the pair play fictionalized versions of themselves. ”It always goes wrong for Frank, and my character tries to help him but ends up being an a–hole.” Hvam explains that they chose a canoeing trip because they’d wanted to star in a road movie but ”you can drive from one end of Denmark to the other in about five hours, so the canoes slowed us down.”
Nothing seems to be holding them back now. In April, Warner Bros. announced that Danny McBride would write and star in an American version to be produced by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips. Christensen says he has been in communication with McBride and is ”very interested to see what an American version looks like.” And, presumably, to see if his own weaselly performance as the whoremongering Casper can be topped. ”Someone said to me, ‘You finally got the chance to write and star in a film and make yourself look like a complete a–hole,”’ says Christensen, laughing. ”I thought, ‘That is kind of weird.”’