Two longtime NYPD partners on the trail of a stolen, rare, mint-condition baseball card find themselves up against a merciless, memorabilia-obsessed gangster. Jimmy the veteran detective whose missing collectible is his only hope to pay for his daughter’s upcoming wedding, and Paul is his “partner-against-crime” whose preoccupation with his wife’s alleged infidelity makes it hard for him to keep his eye on the ball.
There’s only one thing stopping Carmen Electra in her mission to become a serious actress – she just can’t keep her clothes on.
The former Playboy model, dancer and reality TV star celebrates her 36th birthday next month (April) but she’s nowhere near finished with the raunchy stuff.
In many ways she’s the female equivalent of the Spartan hunks who ripple their muscular bodies through her latest movie – a comedy spoof of 2007 movie hit 300.
In Meet the Spartans, Carmen plays Queen Margo – leader of the furious, and this time funny, ancient Greeks and a madcap group of 13 warriors.
The gags flow, the pranks pile up and of course Carmen finds herself in various stages of undress as the movie takes its Mickey-taking course.
Meet the Spartans defied critics by taking top spot in its opening weekend in American and is bound to please Irish audiences who love a laugh and who love their leading ladies and star fellas fit.
Carmen has no qualms about living up to her sex symbol status and plans to put her stunning body to use for many more years to come to please her legions of admirers.
Q: Tell us about ‘Meet the Spartans’.
A: “I play Queen Margo and it’s a spoof comedy on the movie 300. It’s very funny and it was a lot of fun to make. It was just really cool to be a part of another movie where I can show people that I have a sense of humour about myself. It just helps lighten everything up.”
Q: What made you want to do this movie?
A: “When I read the script I just thought it was laugh-out-loud funny. It was also so nice to be on a set where you can laugh and have a sense of humour. I’m just happy it’s done so well because we were number one in America.”
Q: Do you find people take you seriously as an actress?
A: “Not so much but that is because so many people in this industry only have an image of me being able to do one thing. But I am an actress, and there are a lot of sides to me. I like to make people laugh, for a start and to be silly. I think this movie shows I can do comedy – and a lot more besides. I hope I can gradually find roles which aren’t just an extension of my sexual image then I can show that I have a lot more to offer as an actress.”
Q: Do you ever wish you could keep your clothes on in a movie and not have to show off your body?
A: “No. I love it. It’s part of a whole image I created. I embrace it. I love shooting scenes like that and doing fun poses in skimpy bikinis. I’ve always been a big fan of Old Hollywood and all the sexy bombshells and that’s how I see it. It’s just fun for me.”
Q: What do you think of your image as a sex symbol?
A: “I’m sexy. I feel sexy, I think that I look sexy, and I want to be sexy for as long as I can so I have no problem with it. I want to put out that image. I like putting out that image. It’s my choice – and I just go for it. I enjoy being a pin-up.”
Q: How do you stay looking so fit?
A: “I trained as a dancer and I still dance. I dance for myself most days. But I’m not perfect. I’m very critical of myself. It’s taken me a long time to work on that and embrace the flaws I have.”
Q: Would you ever consider plastic surgery to preserve your looks?
A: “When I get older I’d definitely consider getting a few nips and tucks. Obviously I considered it for my breasts as I got implants. But the truth is, I sometimes wish now I’d never done it, because I had nice boobs before. They were small but they were nice. I only did it because I met this girl who’d just had them done and she kept saying, ‘You’d look really great with them – you should do it.’ Before, I made my own push-up bras. I didn’t have much money so I’d sew shoulder pads into my bras (laughs). That worked great until one day the pad fell out. That was pretty embarrassing, so then I decided to do it. But I do regret it sometimes. I think I was fine the way I was.”
Q: What’s your weirdest fan encounter?
A: “This was not so much an encounter but it was kind of weird. I was watching a documentary on TV, back home in Los Angeles, and it was all about the prison service and the people behind bars. There were lots of shots of the cells and I noticed that most of the guys had posters of me up on the walls. That was weird but also pretty neat – very flattering, in fact.”
Q: Do you regret posing naked for Playboy early in your career?
A: “That was a major learning process for me but I don’t regret a second of the experience. I’d told my family that dancing was what I wanted to do, and then I had to call them and say ‘Well, hold on to your hats, I’m going to appear in Playboy’. You know what, no-one said a thing other than ‘Go for it, girl!’ When it came out, my Grandmother actually took a few copies of the magazine to the beauty salon where she goes to have her hair done, and passed them around. She told me that the other old ladies were admiring the shots for hours. Bless them.”
Q: Finally, there are still rumours of a Baywatch movie with you, Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff. Do you think it will ever happen?
A: “I don’t know but I’m totally happy to have the chance to be a part of it. We’ll have to wait and see how it works out. That’s how I look at everything in my life. I’m an optimistic person. I’ve always been able to set goals and achieve them and have an interesting life. In show business, you’ve got to have a killer instinct. You’ve got to believe that you’re going to make it no matter what obstacles stand in your way. If you don’t believe in yourself, you’re dead.”
‘Meet The Spartans’ is now showing at Irish cinemas nationwide