"Someone asked me, 'Why are you using all your favors on this?' " Why indeed. For his latest film project, "Farce of the Penguins," Bob...

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NEW YORK — “Someone asked me, ‘Why are you using all your favors on this?’ “

Why indeed. For his latest film project, “Farce of the Penguins,” Bob Saget assembled an impressive list of actors, from Samuel L. Jackson to Christina Applegate, from Whoopi Goldberg to Harvey Fierstein.

These folks and many, many more name actors contributed their talents for a raunchy spoof of the Oscar-winning documentary film “March of the Penguins,” a voiceover-and-stock footage film that’s gone straight from Saget’s dirty mind to a DVD shelf near you.

Sitting down recently in a Manhattan hotel for an interview, Saget defended making what he calls a “guerrilla stoner movie” — but just barely.

“I was on Conan [O’Brien] and he asked, ‘Why, of all movies, would you choose to have footage of penguins having sex? Why is that your choice?’ And I have no answer. I’m a very sick man.”

No argument there. Saget made a squeaky clean name for himself starring in the TV sitcom “Full House” (from 1987 to 1995), as well as hosting “America’s Funniest Home Videos” for eight years during the 1990s, but has spent the years since then sending up that image.

He shocked a lot of people with an unbelievably filthy cameo in the 2005 documentary film “The Aristocrats,” about a dirty joke with an underground reputation among standup comedians. “Farce of the Penguins” takes Saget farther down that road.

Saget was watching “March of the Penguins” one day when he started making snarky remarks about what was transpiring on screen.

“All Jewish voices, all offensive, but I couldn’t help myself,” he said. “And the Oompa Loompa song (from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”) — a lot of stuff you couldn’t clear for this movie.”

The idea for a farce then came to Saget. He even met with the suits at National Geographic Films, distributors of the original film.

National Geographic didn’t stay interested for long, however, forcing Saget to go elsewhere for penguin footage. The film was ultimately done on the cheap.

Footage doesn’t match from shot to shot, quality is wildly inconsistent, the penguins’ mouths don’t move.

“It’s like a porn film, where six minutes later it’s the same two-shot. You never know who’s talking. You just don’t care at a certain point,” said Saget.

Judging from the number of people who contributed to “Farce of the Penguins,” Saget has a lot of friends in show business, but several actors did say no to the project.

“The first offer was to Betty White, and she turned us down. So did Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur. And then we asked Phyllis Diller.”

Diller, said Saget, doesn’t want to be remembered as a dirty comedian, which he understands. He doesn’t want to be either.

“People ask me to do cameos and be the dirty guy in the movie, and I’m like, ‘I’ve done seven cameos in the past five years. Haven’t we suffered enough?’ ” he said.

When the producers of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” first showed Saget clips of people getting hit in the crotch and animals running into walls he laughed out loud and agreed to host a special, a one-time thing that would grow into a multi-year commitment.

“So the tree opened up, and people trashed me for that,” he said.

“It takes 10 years to get a job, and then 10 years to do the job if you’re the luckiest person on the earth, and then 10 years to tell people you’re not that person.”