I grew up on a farm in a small town where you do or say one thing and everybody knows about it. You see it happen there’s always the town gossip – ‘Oh did you hear about so and so or did you hear what went on in this household?’ So I learned at a very young age just to keep my mouth shut.
See the ‘On the Road’ that came out in 1957 was censored. A lot of the honesty of it the bitter honesty is in the original scroll version that came out in 2007 on the 50-year anniversary. Back then there was so much post-Second World War fear that was imposed on everybody – ‘You must live life this way’ – and these guys were bored.
Life’s too short when you find yourself sitting in a car for four hours every day trying to get from East L.A. to West L.A. to Hollywood and then back to East L.A.
I was a ‘Duck Hunt’ and ‘Mario’ guy and stuff like that. I was never technologically driven. I never had all the cool new toys. I was the youngest child I wasn’t the only child so I wasn’t spoiled as a kid. And we were on the farm so we didn’t have a lot. Also with computers I’m not very good with them. I just check my email.
It’s funny though speaking of fathers and sons because me and John Goodman played father and son like five or six years ago in the film ‘Death Sentence’ and I got back with him again in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’
Especially for me growing up in such a small town in the middle of nowhere the desire to be away was incredible. I wanted to see new lands meet new people from the city and meet people that were in much less fortunate situations than I was so that I could be more appreciative of my present. At least I had food on the table.
You might think the thinner version of yourself is going to be the most positive or confident but that’s not how it is for me. When I’m over 200 pounds that’s when I’m the most confident version of myself.
I remember telling my creative writing teacher that you never want to have a journal because if you lose it then someone’s going to know all your secrets. And then she stopped using a journal but I always write everything down… Anytime I travel I try and fill up notepads.
It’s funny – I read that women look to chiseled-faced guys for one-night stands and to round-faced guys for marriage. When I’m rounder in the face I like to say ‘This is my long-term look.’ Or ‘This is my wife-and-kids look right here.’
It’s funny that I got to do ‘On the Road’ because the thing that had the biggest impact on me growing up was reading books. I was very inspired by the book and this spirit of Dean Moriarty and how envious we all are of somebody who can be that carefree.