Saturday, September 5, 2009

Q&A With Patton Oswalt

Patton Oswalt did a brief Q&A with AMC to plug his upcoming film, Big Fan. He talks a bit about how difficult it is for fans to continue to love a celebrity even after they've done something horrible.

But what struck me most about the interview was that Patton didn't do what most comics do when they're shilling their latest project: Do some of your schtick, then plug the gig. Instead, he gave an intelligent insightful interview that covered several topics.

For example, here's Patton on dystopian science fiction:

"A futurist pointed out to me that there is no such thing as a dystopia, which is usually portrayed as a grim and horrible future. But we're living in a dystopia right now. If you showed someone from the 1900s our world -- where if you sleep with someone you can die, and the air is brown at night, and there's the nuclear bomb, they'd think it's a nightmare. Anyone living in a dystopia should never act like it's a dystopia; they should think it's great. And the ones pointing out that it's a dystopia, everyone else thinks are crazy."