Is it a risk for you if your new show Anger Management is picked up for a full order and you have to produce 100 episodes in two years?
Nah, because I’ll be happy doing it. I was so miserable on Two And A Half Men. It was just, like, anything to keep my mind away from what this thing had become and what the people had become. Or who they revealed themselves to be in this process. If I’m happy, I don’t want to blow (things) up. And I’ve given everybody my word here, that you make a commitment, that you’re going to take a leap of faith here.
What comes after Anger Management? Would you be spending more time with your kids?
Absolutely; when I’m done with this business it’s just going to be about soccer games and amusement parks. And when this ends, I’m done. This one is my swan song.
Yeah, man, I’ve been doing this for 30 years. And there’s a lot more out there to do than make-believe, you know? I mean, I’m grateful. I’ve got a dream life as a direct result of television, you know? But at some point you just get tired of wearing somebody else’s clothes and saying somebody else’s words. There is a lot of stuff I want to do, just things I want to explore and it doesn’t involve show business. Travelling around the heartland and things that like are fantasies to me, but could become realities. I don’t know. Yeah, there is a lot of life to live out there and it’s hard to — and I am not saying I am not grateful. I’m also aware of the fact that you don’t get these kinds of shots in the same lifetime. You’re only supposed to have one hit show, unless you’re Kelsey Grammer.
Will you be able to walk away from your celebrity status?
It doesn’t feel the same over here. Inside here, regardless of what the persona may be, I’m still the seven–year–old kid in the back of the class, afraid to raise his hand. I don’t want this — all of this — to extinguish that child; because it can. And I refuse to grow up. People are like, “You still look young.” I’m like, “I don’t believe in aging.” I don’t believe in failure, fatigue or excuses. You’re on two hours’ sleep and you’re shooting your eighth scene of the day — so what? Do it. The Nike slogan doesn’t say ‘Just Try It’ or ‘Just Good Luck With It’. It says “Just Do It.” And you do it.
With the amount of experience you have, do people ever seek your advice on set?
Yeah, but I never give it unsolicited. I am never that guy who walks up and says, ‘here is what you should do’. I don’t respond to that myself, but yeah I think I have enough experience and knowledge in certain areas. But I never insert myself into situations, where I am completely blind. If I am going to help somebody, I want it to be valuable, you know, if they don’t follow my advice then they are freaking idiots. (laughs) Joking!