[Pauly Shore] looks upset as he curls into a fetal position on an expansive sofa at the Bel Age Hotel. In fact, the 26-year-old former MTV personality and teen pop icon could not be more unlike the hyper-hysterical-surfer-space-cadet that, over the past few years, has made him the idol of aspiring slackers and bete noire of any sane person over 25. Something is very wrong with Pauly. Several minutes into the interview to discuss his film "In the Army Now," which opens Friday. Shore uncurls himself, sits up and asks:
If Shore is visibly shaken by [Shannon Wilsey]'s death, it nonetheless could be a turning point for him. After five years of perfecting his obnoxious man-child shtick as a stand-up comic, as the host of MTV's "Totally Pauly" show and as the star of last year's unexpected fish-out-of-water film hit "Son-in-Law," Shore is taking great pains to distance himself from his old persona.
PHOTO: COLOR, PARTIALLY PAULY: Pauly Shore, of MTV's "Totally Pauly," has gone through some changes with the death of his former girlfriend and a new screen persona in "In the Army Now." He's emerging as a mellower guy. F1. / ANACLETO RAPPING / Los Angeles Times