Diplo initially hated James Van Der Beek’s portrayal of himself
Whether viewers are Viceland or dance music fans, the network’s\ comedy “What Would Diplo Do?” certainly made waves in the media for its over the top humor and parody of the dance music scene. James Van Der Beek was cast to portray Diplo, and did a great job at making it seem like the producer didn’t have a whole lot going on upstairs. Before the show’s release, Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known as Diplo, opened Van Der Beek’s portrayal of himself with open arms. After the show’s conclusion, Pentz, who is also an executive producer on the show, has expressed a different sentiment.
“It hurt to watch it the first time,” the musician admitted to Rolling Stone. “It made my stomach twist.”
Later on in the interview, Pentz reiterated he was open to the public ridicule.
“I think that James plays a really funny Diplo. He’s doing his best, but he (the character)’s just an idiot. I don’t mind being ridiculed.”
While Diplo was great about promoting the show and taking its humor in stride, even he admits that the portrayal of himself was a little more difficult to swallow than he publicly made it seem.
H/T: Rolling Stone