INTERVIEW: TED DANSON IN FEB. GQ
From this month's magazine: short story in which I have lunch with the excellent and charming Mr. Danson at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan and we talk about saving the oceans and loony magazine editors and, among other things, the point of everything.
Some bits that didn't make it into the story but I like:
"By the way I don’t believe that we are going to save the planet. I just believe it’s a great game to play while you’re here. Once you figure out we’re all going to die anyway then it’s not about saving the planet its about how you engage the problems while you’re here, the grace with which you lead your life."
ON LARRY DAVID:
"The worst thing about Larry David’s successs is that it’s given him this right to walk around being Larry David. He gets to be totally self-centered and make people laugh at the same time. The rest of us would get clobbered. But my wife Mary told Larry if I ever she a real real big serious problem in life he'd be one of first people she'd come to. And he got tears in his eyes, it meant that much to him. He has a huge heart, a big big old heart."
ON HODGMAN (?!):
"He’s incredibly bright—and quite the actor."
ON THE CLINTONS:
"He loves to laugh. They both do. I don’t know that they run around looking for the silliness in life. They find life and all of its complexities fascinating and want to make things better where as I may be looking for the drum beat or the banana peel. They enjoy other people hugely. He would know everything about you by the end of the this conversation and remember it and glean something from it. They both have scary brains and huge hearts."
ON THE OKAYNESS OF NOT ALWAYS BEING OKAY:
"I'm a happy guy. I have some sadness but sadness ain’t bad. Sadness can be sweet. Sadness has something to do with being real."
(Above: 9.84 and 2.10. Wonder what became of the guy who wrote "Denim Updated"?)