"SOUTH PARK" CREATORS LAMPOON ACTOR SEAN PENN
ON "60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY" -- ON CBS
The creators of Comedy Central's "South Park" tell 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY correspondent Vicki Mabrey that "activist actors" are easy targets for their brand of humor. They say actor Sean Penn became one of their targets after he went on CNN to talk about the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Mabrey's wide-ranging interview and behind-the-scenes tour of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's controversial new film will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY Oct. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The new movie, "Team America: World Police," features puppets of several actors, including Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin and Sean Penn. "�It's funny to take�activist actors and�elevate them to the level to what they think they are in their minds," Stone tells Mabrey. "�Every dog in its brain thinks it's a huge wolf�.I just think like actors in their mind think they're these really important world leaders. When Sean Penn is on TV on CNN�before the Iraq War talking about the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty...that is pure comic gold�. I don't care what side of the aisle you're on. I don't care what you think of the Iraq War. I don't care what you think about nuclear weapons. That is funny and so taking Sean Penn and creating this thing where it's like, 'Look, Sean Penn, here you are. You're who you think you are, you know, you're this incredibly important world leader.' That's just satire. That's just funny�."
The filmmakers tell Mabrey that their big-screen political satire is meant to be funny and not meant to influence the upcoming election. "We don't think anyone's going to come out of this movie going, 'Oh, well, now I'm going to vote for Bush or�now I'm going to vote for Kerry,'" says Parker. "�If we think that if anyone�would come out of this movie changing the way they were going to vote, they shouldn't be voting."
With "Team America" added to their list of credits, the aging anarchists, now in their 30s, say they won't continue "South Park" too much longer. "We were like 27 when we did 'South Park,' says Parker. "�It's not like we want to be�40 and making 'South Park'�Forty-year-old punkers are not funny."
Josh Howard is the executive producer of 60 MINUTES WEDNESDAY and Kyra Darnton is the producer of this report.