Jimmy Fallon of "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on NBC
Q: "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" has developed solid traction since it premiered in 2009. How are you feeling about the show these days?
A: You know, we're just keeping our heads down and working hard. I'm so psyched that people are watching and having fun, and it's grown so much.
It's so interesting that now, people in the audience know what the show is and what some of the bits are; you see people with "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" T-shirts on, and you go, "Wow!" It's exciting. Two-and-a-half years ago, there was no such thing as this.
Q: You seem to still have all the enthusiasm you did when you started the show. What do you attribute that to?
A: It's "The Little Rascals." It's like, "Hey, we're going to put on a show tonight. We have Robert Pattinson, and we're going to shoot rubber darts at each other. Tomorrow night, we have Betty White, and we're going to play beer pong." It's all about having a good time, and once it's not, you shouldn't do it. You have to find the fun in all of it.
Q: What do you consider your basic approach to the daily nuts and bolts of doing the job?
A: We're so lucky to have these jobs, and at this point, we're lucky to have any jobs. I know that and I respect that, so I just want to go out there and make you forget about your troubles, and make you go to bed with a smile on your face. That's always been my goal.
Q: How do you describe your character, Richard Ellington?
A: The character evolved a lot while we were doing these 10 episodes. He definitely has some demons down inside that he hasn't worked out yet, even in his relationship with Michael Jai's (White) character. There's a deep jealousy there. They're all ex-pro athletes, and though Richard made it to the major leagues, he didn't have a stellar career, unlike Michael Jai's character. On some level, he feels like he didn't really make an impact. He's very competitive, and that's at the root of a lot of their problems. It's like sibling rivalry.
Q: This show seems very different from Tyler Perry's earlier TV comedies. Do you feel the same way?
A: I really admire how you see (Tyler) grow. The show is just so different from, let's say, "House of Payne," the way that it's shot, even in our approach to the acting styles, really embracing the subtlety of the work. There's no laugh track, and as you'll see as the episodes unfold, he's much more daring when it comes to going to dark and heavy places. I think it's a breakthrough dramedy for him.
Q: Are you flexing new muscles in comedy after doing so much drama?
A: Even in those dramatic roles I always try to find the humor in them. In some ways, I am flexing some muscles on a more consistent basis (on this new show), though, and I'm thrilled to be able to lighten it up a bit.
Steve DeAngelo of "Weed Wars" on Discovery Channel
Q: What is your main message?
A: Cannabis is a good plant, not an evil plant. It can enhance human welfare and wellness in a wide variety of ways, ranging from being a very, very effective aid to health and wellness to being an eco friendly raw material for replacements for timber, cotton and petroleum. You can make plastics out of hemp. Some of the very first plastics were made out of hemp. The first Model T windows were made out of hemp. There is a very famous picture of Henry Ford taking a hammer to a car made out of hemp polymer. On the medical side, a great deal of research has been done on cannabis's palliative effects and it is also a very potent preventative and curative.
Q: Why do you refer to only cannabis and not say marijuana or the many other terms?
A: Cannabis is the scientific term for the plant, and I believe if the American people looked at cannabis scientifically they will find it is a safe and effective medicine. I think we need to choose our words carefully, and the word marijuana was popularized by William Randolph Hearst. I am trying to remove the association with criminality.
Q: There's been a lot of talk that the cannabis of today is 20 times more potent than it was 35 years ago. What do you think of that?
A: Maybe two to three times more potent. Unlike alcohol, where people consume alcohol and their sense of judgment becomes impaired, people who consume cannabis hit a saturation point, but stop.