Feature by Joyce Dundas
When the PR at a press conference spreads waterproof material onto the stage before the event it is always worrying. When that press conference involves the guys behind Dirty Sanchez: The Movie, you start checking for the nearest exit. The Sanchez boys, Dainton, Joycey, Pancho and Pritchard are now hitting the cinemas with their particular brand of humour.
These guys have built a cult following after their TV show was picked up by MTV - who else? - and their antics made those US-based Jackass boys look like pussies. These particular type of 30-something guys don't feel enough pain by just being kicked in the nuts, they think they should be stapling them to something and taking them on a tour of the world to expose them to all types of danger.
It looks like they had, well, some kind of fun along the way.
Their adventures, against best medical advice, include an encounter with all bodily fluids available, or in Pancho's case, those only available via questionable liposuction. In Dainton's own words he says when he was asked by a career adviser back in his Cardiff high school what he saw himself doing with his life it did not include: “ Bangkok roulette where you end up on a roof and there is a load of body fat in a glass while there is a Thai hooker under the table... you start to question your own reality and ask where your life started to go so wrong.” To clarify, the loser of the Bangkok roulette pokerface challenge had to drink the result of Pancho's liposuction.
Pancho, to his credit, says one of his strangest moments came when they found his Thai liposuction doctor who devotes his time to making sure “people's aesthetics are in shape and stuff, and he's got this huge mole with hair bouncing out of it, and you're thinking 'Jesus Christ mate you want to take care of yourself first'”.
Of the famous moment in the film when the Sanchez boys have to guess the gender of some potential Thai 'ladyboys' they are adamant that the whole event was not quite as stomach churning to them as shown in the film.
Dainton explains that accepting the tongue of a Thai ladyboy would not be as much of a punishment as many they endured in the film, it's just not for him. “I am secure in my sexuality,” he says, “I'm not a homophobe; man-on-man action is just not my thing... it's one of those points in my life where I just wanted to cry.”
The admission by the director Jim Hickey that the DVD extras may include “sucking the shit from a rabbit's ass” may also make some people wary of the whole concept but the jokes not included in the film and inspired by the name of their expert in desert survival should keep you going for days. His name, Mike Hunt.
If the main question raised by this whole Sanchez phenomenon is not “why?” or “who supplies their travel insurance?”, but "what's with the waterproof stage covering?", well, suffice to say, Pritchard re-enacted the 'Stella enema” which I really don't think they will need to copyright. And please don't try it in your local pub.