As sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello in 1986's Little Shop of Horrors, funnyman Steve Martin played on our worst fears about orthodontia. But that movie was nothing compared to Novocaine (opening Friday), his psychological thriller about a tooth driller who runs afoul of the law.
"You know, I didn't really even remember that [I had already played] a dentist when I was doing this role," Martin tells TV Guide Online. "Then, somebody reminded me. In Little Shop, I get killed and in Novocaine, I do the killing. In one, my patient is Bill Murray and in another movie, my patient is Helena Bonham Carter so take your pick!"
Actually, recent Survivor: Africa castoff Carl Bilancione has a bone to pick with both flicks! During a recent interview, TV Guide Online informed the Florida dentist of Martin's latest on-screen foray into his floss-obsessed field. His reaction? "Now you understand why my [audition] video must've attracted the attention of the Survivor Entertainment Group," Carl laughed. "Dentists have the highest suicide rate and divorce rate they're constantly being portrayed as this menacing, corrupt figure!
"Think about it," he added. "How many people enjoy going to the dentist and having 'em tell you to open wide, give you a needle, drill on you and then ask you to pay for it?"
A good point, indeed. Martin's take on the Survivor
loser's sob story? "I don't feel bad in the least," cracks the Novocaine
star. "I think they're getting what they deserve for choosing their profession, and I'm a hero!"