For those of you who've never seen the Adult Swim cartoon Aqua Teen Hunger Force, here's the most coherent summary we can come up with: It's about a giant box of fries (Frylock), a giant milkshake (Master Shake) and a wad of meat (Meatwad) who live together in New Jersey, swim in their neighbor's aboveground pool, and encounter some very odd monsters and aliens without even trying to save the world or fight crime. But for their first feature film, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters, the trio unintentionally unleash the Insanoflex, a mutant exercise machine bent on world domination, and as a result they find that they might have to play heroes after all. TVGuide.com called up the oh-so-humble Master Shake to ask about his transition to film, those pesky Mooninites and his plans for a solo career.
TVGuide.com: Hi. I am talking to Master Shake now, right?
Master Shake: Live and in the flesh.
TVGuide.com: Can you tell us a little bit about your background? It's kind of a mystery.
Master Shake: Well, a lot of people would say that it is a mystery. Being a man of mystery and adventure, that's the way it goes.
TVGuide.com: But can you tell us a bit more, like why you're called the Master?
Master Shake: Well, I think it's relatively obvious, being the smartest guy ever and the greatest at everything. I mean, what else are you going to call me?
TVGuide.com: This is true, but did you call yourself that?
Master Shake: Let's just say, yes. Yes, I did.
TVGuide.com: What flavor are you?
Master Shake: You know, I'd like to get into that, but that's a personal thing. You know, there are a few ladies out there who do know what flavor I am, but I like to keep that special just for them. Surely you understand.
TVGuide.com: Of course. What did you think when the idea of doing a full-length movie was first proposed?
Master Shake: I thought it was great and exciting. And then they informed me that I was not going to be the only person in it, which upset me and infuriated me. However, due to contractual obligations, I was still obligated to be in the film, much against my protest.
TVGuide.com: I'm sorry. Did you at least have script approval?
Master Shake: I wrote several scripts. They were soundly rejected, but then I just kept doing my own lines in every scene.
TVGuide.com: And they let it slide?
Master Shake: That's why I jump around a lot in the movie, because they're actually just cutting my lines together so that I'm saying what they wanted.
TVGuide.com: How would you describe the movie to someone who has never seen your TV show?
Master Shake: If you like puppy dogs and children, a breeze on your face and the sweet sound of a morning bird singing outside your window, this would not be what you'd be interested in at all. But rather, if you like screaming, if you like jerks, if you like edge-of-your-seat adventure, if you like face-meltingly awesome special effects and if you like savvy, sophisticated banter from yours truly... then it's your movie.
TVGuide.com: Was it difficult to transition from the shorter form of television?
Master Shake: No, it was just longer. That's all, unfortunately. I take a regimented series of breaks throughout the day. I don't like to tire myself out, you see. I mean, when you're a star like I am, surely you understand, you can't just give it all away, you gotta dole it out, ration out my incredibly intense talent.
TVGuide.com: Is the movie fiction or truth?
Master Shake: It's truthion. Or, it's futh. There are elements of truth that I think we all realize are truth, and then elements of fiction, such as anyone having anything to do with saving the day except for me. Clearly I'm the one who did it all.
TVGuide.com: OK, but those events all transpired? The giant exercise machine terrorizing New Jersey, the attempts by the Plutonians and the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past to harness its power and all the rest?
Master Shake: Oh yeah, those are from my upcoming memoir, "Shaken Not Stirred."
TVGuide.com: Your athletic physique plays a big part in the movie. What is involved in your regular workout regime? Did you do anything special for the movie?
Master Shake: I have four trainers who only work on specific parts of my body. I have a trainer who just does my hands — that's it, they move them for me, they do the curls and crunches for me. I just lie there, and they manipulate my body so that I'm working out. It works great as you can tell, because I'm ripped. Unfortunately, I owe them about $65,000 in back pay, but what are you doing to do?
TVGuide.com: Maybe they can get some of the proceeds from sales of the Insanoflex.
Master Shake: Let's not talk about that. No comment!
TVGuide.com: Did everyone get along on the set pretty well?
Master Shake: Well, everyone got along with me, but there's a lot of stupidity on the set. I'm annoyed very easily by nerds and idiots, most of which were the only people on the set.
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