MADELINE BLUE: In my very young brain, I thought there was a market for really racy comedy, so I thought this could be very big. But on the other hand, there were some nerves, like, "Ugh, what if people think I'm in a porn?"
PAUL RUDD: It only played in a couple theaters for a couple weeks, and when people would stop us on the street, their enthusiasm for it was genuine. You could tell.
MOLLY SHANNON: You had a feeling that people were really excited about it.
MARGUERITE MOREAU: I took a bunch of people in L.A. to see it in the one theater it was in, on the one weekend it was open, and something caught fire in the snack bar halfway through the movie, and we had to go outside, and then while we were outside there was a fucking earthquake. There were so many obstacles to seeing this movie.
AMY POEHLER: Knowing what I know now, I can really empathize with David and Michael and the hard work they did and how devastating it must have been for them.
DAVID WAIN: Obviously we hoped it would have more theatrical life. [But] a movie that size, to get a theatrical release at all was a huge win. It had its day in court, and it found its audience, and people who wanted to see it could see it.
MICHAEL SHOWALTER: I certainly have no regrets.
MOLLY SHANNON: For what it was, I'm just so pleased with how it did, you know? What was the budget, like a million? It was perfect. I loved exactly how it rolled out. They did it themselves.
ELIZABETH BANKS: The movie did exactly what we wanted it to do—it went to Sundance and it became a cult classic. Like, fuck yeah. Everything after the making of it was gravy.
DAVID HYDE PIERCE: It's not like we thought we were making The French Lieutenant's Woman and then we can't believe that nobody liked it.
JANEANE GAROFALO: I never watch any of the other stuff I do, but I will watch that movie any time. It's like looking at photos of a wonderful time in your life. I was always assuming people would get the same kick out of it. Then I realized, "Oh, you can't expect people to understand how fun it was."
MARK WHITE: When people started going crazy for it, and it started showing up at midnight showings, it was just so exciting. I was a kid who grew up going to Rocky Horror on weekends, so to be involved with something with that kind of following was, like, "This is why I do this."
MADELINE BLUE: Most of Cure Girl's scenes are now deleted scenes, and if this had come out before DVDs, I don't think anybody would know the character at all. But as soon as I hit college, it was like, "Oh my God, you're Cure Girl!" I've had to make sure that people aren't befriending me just because I'm in that movie—it must be how real celebrities feel.
AMY POEHLER: I don't get quoted lines a lot, but they do talk about the movie in that way of, "You know what I actually thought was really funny?" Like, they use the word actually. When someone comes up to you and talks to you about Wet Hot, what they're saying to you is, "I'm not just a regular fan of your work."
CHRISTOPHER MELONI: When people stop me in the streets, the highest compliment they can pay is, "Dude, Wet Hot American Summer, man! I love it! I've seen it 20 times, man!" Or they'll shout out, "I'm gonna fondle my sweaters!"
PAUL RUDD: When I talk to people who went to camp and they're like, "Dude, that movie totally gets it," I don't know how to respond to that. Which part? The part of going into town for heroin? Or your chef humping a fridge?
MITCH REITER: On the first day of counselor orientation I say, "Listen, show of hands—how many of you picked our camp because of Wet Hot?" And about 30 percent of them raise their hands, and I go, "Bad decision! We are nothing like that camp at all!"
DAVID WAIN: We're talking about it! The joke is that in the movie we shot, the characters are mostly about 10 years older than they should be. We were saying everyone was 16, and most of the cast was more like 30. And in the next installment, it would still be the same time period, so now most of the actors are more like 40, playing 16.
DAVID HYDE PIERCE: I'm not sure how that will fly, but I would certainly be excited to see what they came up with.
JANEANE GAROFALO: I would absolutely be thrilled to do anything with any of those people again.
KEN MARINO: If it's a prequel, I'll bust out the shorts again. I'm ready. If your question is am I skinny enough to put the shorts on again, the answer is …I'll go into several months of training.
JOE LO TRUGLIO: I hope it happens. I love camping.
ZAK ORTH: Just the very thought of it makes me feel all warm inside.
MICHAEL IAN BLACK: I think Michael and David are talking about it, but they're very mysterious about it, and I don't know if it will ever come to pass. David's a big-shot director. He doesn't have time for this.
DAVID WAIN: I can't comment on an ongoing investigation. Might be a little harder to get everyone together, what with them all being giant movie stars. But that's the idea.
JOE LO TRUGLIO: I would imagine our A-listers would come down in their quotes, otherwise the movie would cost about $100 million over the line.
CHRISTOPHER MELONI: I think I'd need to make more money than Bradley Cooper. That's all I'm going to say.
MITCH REITER: I was thinking about the movie on opening day this year, because we had nine inches of rain the day before. I said to the staff, "This is just like Wet Hot!" I am not opposed to them coming back. Certainly I think we all learned a lot. And I am open to discussing how we would do it properly and without destroying my camp.
DAVID WAIN: That's fair.