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SXSW: Dan Harmon is ‘not a hero worth saving’

On 10, Mar 2014 | In Press & News | By SBI

So you saw the film with last night. Now that it’s the morning after, what’s your take on that experience?

I’m absolutely relieved. I don’t do a lot of things in my life where there’s delayed gratification or delayed effect, and this is one of the very few things in 41 years that I’ve spent a year or more anticipating — sometimes with a lot of dread, sometimes just with impatience, but all the time just living in a world where I’m out of control of something. It’s a relief to move from a world where nobody has seen this movie to a world where people have seen it, because now that’s over. I think it’s a very interesting movie because I’m a narcissist. Even if other people don’t like it or do like it, the great thing is that it’s not looming any more and I don’t have to worry about that part.

As the tour was happening I was curious, did you ever get any pressure to be less candid? Like, “Maybe don’t tell everyone about all of that.”

There’s always those voices. Usually they are people that are paid to help me. Believe it or not, I have a publicist — imagine how insane that job is. I’ve always been very regretful about the fact that the people who rely on me and care about me can actually be let down or victimized or frightened by my motormouth, but at the same time there’s a worse version of me, and that’s a version of me that bothers to be strategic, and political and diplomatic. In the best case scenario, that’s a useless version of me. In the worst case scenario, that’s a more effective version of me who gets terrible things done. The way that my brain is shaped, it’s best for there to be a valve on it that runs to my mouth, because it keeps me humble in the long run and there’s people who like it. I think that the people whose job it is to call me and say “Hey, can you cool it,” they’ve learned by now that the answer is no, I can’t.

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