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First off—
Hey, listen. How is working at Maxim? Is it just, like, a bikini contest all day?

Oh, yeah, bikini contests and dwarves with trays of drugs.
So everybody is drunk and high all the time? Good for you guys!

Congrats on the birth of your second son. Do you like being a dad?
Yes. I mean, I haven’t actually met the children yet. I’m not really a baby guy. I said, “Bring them around when they’re five or six.”

What’s your favorite dad activity?
All bits aside, I enjoy it all. It sounds so fucking boring, but I can be changing the worst diaper and be thinking, This is great. And if I had, like, 20-year-old me around, he’d be like, “Dude, this is not great. You’re wiping somebody else’s crap off their ass.”

Why is Running Wilde the new show everyone should watch?
There are a lot of TV shows and movies these days, I’ve found, that explore the mundane. And guess what? Turns out the mundane is boring! Who woulda thunk? Running Wilde gets back to that thing that really captured people’s imaginations, that Dynasty/Dallas shallow-but-fun world.

You’ve got a great cast.
Well, Keri Russell is a handful. No, we’re lucky. The day we fooled her into doing our show was a great day for us. David Cross is on the show as well, and I’m also on his IFC show, The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. We made a pact that we would never stop working together.

Aw, that’s nice.
Yeah. Well, it’s not true.

What’s the biggest difference between your Running Wilde character, Steve Wilde, and the great Gob Bluth from Arrested Development?
Steve is a rich playboy who is seemingly all about himself, but on a personal level he’s a really generous guy. Gob, on the other hand, was an incredibly selfish person. He had this sense of being wronged on a very fundamental level at an early age, and he was always looking to give a “fuck you” back to the world.

Where would you place Arrested Development in the pantheon of shows that were canceled too soon? Somewhere between Star Trek and Freaks and Geeks?
I wouldn’t dare to attest that we were canceled too soon. We got what the world dealt us. And who knows? If we got another season, maybe our legacy would have been different.

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