I would love to play Simon Cowell in a movie – heck, I would love it. It would be my dream role.
Molly Shannon and I used to always talk about that we really felt strongly that we were comedic actors, that we weren’t comedians. You just played things real and the comedy came out of the context.
I think a lot of the instincts you have doing comedy are really the same for doing drama, in that it’s essentially about listening. The way I approach comedy, is you have to commit to everything as if it’s a dramatic role, meaning you play it straight.
I remember going with my mom to a random garage sale as a kid and thinking what a cool treasure hunt that whole world was. Only to transition as an adult to think, ‘What a gross place that really is.’
A lot of people have gotten into comedy because of certain influences in their lives or events that were painful, and I really have wracked my brain to figure it out. I pretty much have had a normal childhood. Maybe it was too normal.
When you hear that you’re going to be working with a first-time director, sometimes that can be a concern to people.
I’m a bit of a gourmet chef. I love cooking – mostly Thai food.
I will watch a movie that is quote unquote dark and not get the qualification of what is dark and what is not.
For people who have done comedy after a certain point in time, I think there’s a base level of, ‘O.K., I think I’m decently funny.’ But unless you just have some massive ego, I really think you’re still fighting against that.
Enjoy the little fun things – like taking your kids to school – before they’re all grown up.
I don’t really have aspirations to be Tom Hanks.
I’ve had moments in my life when I’ve thought if I wasn’t acting, if I wasn’t doing what I do and I had a career in the private sector and I didn’t have a family, that I do have some tendencies where I could really kind of have a monastic existence and be okay with it.
I might be more fluent in Swedish than I am in Spanish. My wife speaks it to our kids, and they’re fluent so I hear it all the time, so I’ve got that under my belt.
My kind of wanting to be funny didn’t come from need, necessarily. The closest I can analyze it is that it was an easy way to make friends, I found out. It was just a great kind of social tool.
Happens I am very political. I have deep political instincts.