I never wanted the edge. That is the thing about me that I marvel at the most. I don't want to be the guy who does edgy shit. I would love to make mainstream movies. I have tried many times. Jersey Girl is an example of that.
We just shot a pilot last week before I came up here: Hollyweed. People [backing it are] from Raw. ACME Elixirs. DNA Genetics. G Pen. We had sponsors from the weed world. It was awesome. That is the new paradigm. Rather than go to a studio or a network and try to sell the show, we were like, "Let's shoot a pilot, and if they want to turn it into nine more episodes, we can go forward; if not, we can shoot it ourselves and put it up online, or whatever the fuck we want." It is amazing. It is the wild, wild west.
Malcolm [Ingram, my podcast co-host] told me today, "Do you remember what you were like on Zack and Miri, in Pittsburgh?" I said, "No." He went, "We had a conversation where you said, 'There is nothing left to do, I have done it all.'" He was like, "I honestly believed it at the time. You talked about how your dreams came true and shit, and you were bored."
He went, "Now? You are fucking thinner than I have ever seen you in my life, and you are fucking on fire. Yeah, with stupid movies, but like you are just fucking going to work. You just finished a pilot, came here to show this fucking movie. You go home, and you start working on the other pilot with AMC, and then you fucking go out and start shooting [the CW's] The Flash in March."
He was like, "You are revitalized, dude." I was like, "It is just the weed." He was like, "It is not the weed, dude. You just got past your bullshit."
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. Marijuana is not legal in his state... yet. Find him on Twitter: @misterpatches.