Pete Davidson was getting tattoos constantly & Judd Apatow worried about film continuity

Pete Davidson has the new movie, The King of Staten Island, coming out June 12th on demand. A trailer dropped last week and it’s loosely based on Pete’s life, if he wasn’t a comedian/actor I guess. Pete lost his father, a fireman in New York City, during the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He currently lives in his mom’s basement, in a house he bought for her. I saw a video tour of his place recently and of course it’s all tricked out. He had an entourage of people over, with some friends playing video games and an honest-to-god tattoo artist giving tattoos to people in Pete’s basement apartment. Apparently that guy is part of Pete’s entourage, because he came with Pete to the King of Staten Island set and gave free tattoos to cast and crew. Pete told this story as part of his joint interview on The Tonight Show with director Judd Apatow. Pete tried to convince Judd to get a tattoo but he stood his ground and refused. Who pressures someone to get a damn tattoo? I guess I just answered that question, it’s Pete.

Random people brought pot to Pete’s house
Pete: Me and Judd released this video to [promote the movie]. I mentioned that I wasn’t doing drugs, that I was trying not to and then literally three hours later a lady rang my doorbell with a full bag of weed and gave it to my mom and said ‘I heard your son need this.’ So if you see this please do not do that because I will sell it. They came from Bayonne [NJ]. ‘We just came from Bayonne we saw the video, congrats on the movie.’

Pete unsuccessfully tried to get Judd to get a tattoo
Judd: We shot [the movie] last summer on Staten Island. The entire time Pete was trying to get me to get a tattoo. That was the most difficult part of the shoot, fighting off his attempts to tattoo me. I can’t get a tattoo because I’m so hairy you wouldn’t be able to see it in like two hours. I was always nervous that Pete would get tattoos during the shoot… and our continuity would go out the window.

Pete got tattoos during filming
Pete: I would get them after [key scenes]. They would [tell me] ‘today you’re shooting without a shirt.’

‘Is this the last day?’ and they’d [say yes] and I would fill up spots [with tattoos] that we were no longer required to have.

Judd: Last day of the shoot, Pete got his tattoo artist friend to come to set. Pete set up a station and said anybody on the crew could get a free tattoo.

Pete: We thought maybe three or four people would get it but the line was four blocks down. It was so weird to see this sweet lady from accounting come out with a giant dragon on her arm.

[From The Tonight Show]

Judd said he’s been exercising a lot to get skinny but he also had a pint of Haagen Daz with him and was eating from that, which I can relate to so much. Most days the majority of my calories come from ice cream and that’s not an exaggeration. (See this post.) Judd and Pete first met on Train Wreck, Amy introduced Judd to Pete and said he was an up and coming comedian. Pete had one line in it, met Bill Hader (he played a doctor who was Amy’s character’s boyfriend), Hader introduced him to SNL head Lorne Michaels and the rest is history.

As for Pete, what you see is what you get. He’s a man-child who loves smoking pot, gets tattoos constantly and who lives in his mom’s basement. He dates famous women who find that charming until they realize it’s not an act and that it doesn’t go deeper than that. I’m glad he’s doing well now though and he did crack me up a few times.

I usually enjoy Judd’s movies and this looks good actually. I might rent it once it’s around $10-$13, which is a typical movie price. I’m not paying $20 for it, even if I can get my kid to watch it with me. (He’s 15, that’s Judd’s target market.)

Here’s that interview!

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  1. SomeChick says:

    Pete’s ok. He deserves to have some joy after what he’s gone through. I always thought his connection with Ariana had a lot to do with being survivors or trauma.

    Would smoke up with! LOL!

  2. Chickaletta says:

    Pete has been very open about his mental struggles. While he is not the most mature guy (but he’s also so young, so I think he is at a typical maturity level for his age), maybe he lives with his mom because he recognizes it’s not good for him to live alone?

  3. Eleonor says:

    I don’t know his work as a comedian, but all I see is a guy who needs help.
    He needs to disappear for a while and seek therapy.

    • AmyB says:

      @Eleanor his comedy is very self-deprecating, which given that we know so much of his personal back story, the death of his father on 9/11 and his mental health struggles with borderline personality disorder and addiction issues, it is kind of hard to watch (for me). At times, yes he can be funny doing other material, but I too see a man who needs some serious therapy. Yes, he is still fairly young, but do you want to waste your life struggling before you get your act together? Doubt it.

      • Eleonor says:

        I saw him guest starring in one episode of The Rookie (my guilty pleasure) and I have to admit: he was good.

      • molly says:

        @Eleonor He IS really good, but he’s also a mess. It’s hard to tell if he’s Chris Farley-good, in that the chaos/destruction is an essential ingredient, but wow, he would be exhausting.

  4. Lucy2 says:

    I do not get the push to make this guy a big star.

  5. Ali says:

    I wonder if the movie will include pete dating a barely legal teen?

  6. Kat says:

    I like him. He’s funny and talented. Plus, Steve Buscemi is in the new movie, so sign me up. I think you can tell a lot about someone based on how they treat their parents and he seems to love and respect his mom. It must’ve been quite a struggle for her after her husband died and her son dealing with serious mental health issues. Now he is successful and enjoying being young and wealthy.

    • Jerusha says:

      Last night NBC had a SNL Mother’s Day Special using segments from years past. One segment was Seth M. doing the news and it included Pete and his mother. You could tell they had a close relationship and it was good.

      As for the “buying his mom a house,” he said, “Hey, if I buy a house, I’m gonna live in it.”

  7. Bettyrose says:

    Why are all his SNL @ home skits musical?

  8. waitwhat says:

    But he turned down the bag of pot and said he’s trying hard to not do drugs. I watched the interview and he came across as earnest and and clean and I respect that, particularly during lockdown when it’s easier to excuse using to dull the senses. I love Judd Apatow. Watching him on Comedians in Cars … as he talked about his late friend, Garry Shandling, was endearing. He seems to have a big heart.

  9. ooshpick says:

    I like him. I think he’s honest and vulnerable and handsome and fragile and just flailing around like most kids his age with a lot on his plate. I feel motherly towards him. Be a little gentle.

  10. Charfromdarock says:

    I saw the trailer a few days ago and thought it looked half decent.

    Addiction is hard. Good on him for turning down/not smoking that weed.

  11. emmy says:

    I can’t decide if he’s good at his job… I guess we’ve decided yes apparently?

    • Mara says:

      I haven’t seen him but others seem to think he is talented and I guess you don’t get on SNL by being completely useless

  12. emu says:

    I do NOT get the appeal of this guy. I think he’s funny every once in a while on Weekend Update when he’s his self-depreciating self and only about his tabloid presence or something… but he is not funny in any skit he is in. Also the SNL at home only feature him in his stupid music videos… which are also not funny.
    He’s not even on the caliber of Jimmy Fallon on SNL – where he was not generally funny but made skits better by genuinely enjoying himself.
    Pete just feels like he can’t wait to get out of any skit he’s in.