TODAY | April 16, 2014
>> christopher and dean, good morning.
>> did you send in that clip?
>> i did.
>> it was all you.
>> i know.
>> that's all it's been the whole time.
>> we know you guys as tough law enforcement types, but what was it like playing used car salesmen?
>> cuddly and lovable.
>> a lot of poetry. it was very nice. it was cute.
>> are you guys taking this on the road, vegas any time soon?
>> there is prime rib .
>> there is a certain stigma to the used car salesman . i don't want to put too much out there. a little slimy, a little sleazy. what did you bring to these two characters?
>> as much sleaze and slime as we could muster.
>> i thought you were desleazing and desliming. but that's the level that you reached.
>> it's a tough job, though, right?
>> i think selling anything is a tough job. i just don't possess that innately, so i just followed him because he's been selling himself.
>> i've been selling some bad lines for a long time.
>> what was it about it that you found relatable? it's based on a true story . your character, the father-son struggle. is that what you enjoyed the most?
>> i didn't focus on the car selling aspect of it as opposed to the relationship. he and i had a very unique long-term bonding relationship. i had a very complicated relationship with my ex-wife, my son, played by devon bostick right there.
>> yeah, he was great, devon.
>> he is i think a breakout star in this movie. he's hilarious. explain without giving away too much of the plot what goes on here. he comes to you after high school , says i want to get in the family business , doesn't sit well with everyone in your family.
>> yeah. to be a used car salesman is kind of a loaded gun, because of my ex-wife's inability to kind of hang with that kind of lifestyle. it's either feast or famine. my son wants to join the family business . well, it's just our business together. and, you know, i'm torn because i know what it entails and maybe i'm hoping that he'll shoot for something higher.
>> so who's the better salesman here between the two of you?
>> in the show?
>> a "today" show car .
>> if you buy this car right now, you can have a picture of christopher meloni 's butt.
>> that's a nice segue. because you tweeted out recently, mr. meloni, that you have the -- this is his words. "best butt in primetime." self call.
>> was that solicited? people told you that? or you think it of your own because you looked at it?
>> no. no. i had a compact -- no. rachel harris , my co-star on "surviving jack," she started -- she lit the flame.
>> and you embraced it?
>> i felt consumed by it. i was caught in the force fire of my butt.
>> we've run out of time. we had a little game we were going to play. just show the first picture. can we just show the first picture? from what role is that christopher meloni rear end?
>> i'd say that's chris keller .
>> correct answer, let's see it? pop it up. yes. well-done.
>> gentlemen, thank you very much.
>> nicely done. the movie is hilarious. "small time" opens in select theaters, will be available on demand and on itunes