Mike Ryan is a colleague of mine over on Uproxx. He’s a good guy. He’s from Missouri. I’ve followed him most of his writing career. He writes a fun movie review, he knows SNL as well as anyone, and he does the best celebrity interview on the Internet, and I don’t understand how. I’ve never met Mike, but I have a lot of friends who have. They don’t say to me, “He’s like Oprah! Whenever I’m around him, I just find myself saying things I wouldn’t otherwise to strangers.” And yet, that is the exact impression I get from his interviews — that there is something magically disarming about Mike Ryan, something about Mike Ryan that says, “I trust you. I want to be your friend.” A few years ago, Mike Ryan got Chris Evans asking himself, “Am I a good person?” and open up about his role as Captain America in a way that you never see celebrities open up:
No one’s fucking kicking down my fucking door. I can still walk around. I can still go to a movie. I think I was just so scared that, like, “This is it. I just signed my death warrant; my life’s over. I can’t believe I did this. This isn’t the career I wanted.” That didn’t happen. None of that shit happened. I’m fine, fine. … I’m fine! I’m fine! I’m fine. You know, I didn’t have a meltdown and I didn’t lose my fucking mind. And the movies were good. And the biggest thing I worried about was making shitty fucking movies. I don’t want to make shitty movies and be contractually obligated to make garbage.
Like if I could do a movie with Kate McKinnon, I would jump! And it would probably be good and smart, because I think she’s a good smart performer.
If you did a movie with Kate McKinnon, I think the internet would be very excited. I think that would go over well.
I mean, we could play sisters. Mike, I’m funny! I am a funny person.
This would be great. She lives near me….
She does? Can you ask her about it? Take your turtle for a walk and try to attract her attention…
I can try this.
She said she liked me once in a magazine, Mike. She said she liked me.
I’ll do my best.
If this happens, then I owe you. What would you like me to send you as a gift?
At some point on a red carpet, go, “You know, this all started in an interview…,” and mention me.
Okay, got it. Done. I made a tape in my living room to get Gone Girl, in Chicago, and the guy who made the tape with me, I bought him a longboard - because that’s what he wanted, because I got the job. And he broke his ankle the first time he rode it, so be careful what you wish for. Just saying.
Well, I don’t see how a quote can break my ankle.
You never know. You never know what’s going to happen in this day and age.
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The Twitter mob might come for you.
Oh, that’s true. With the still-untitled Kate McKinnon project, actually maybe only give me credit if it turns out to be good.
Yeah, see what if I sank your career because I was like, “Do you know why I got into this mess? Mike.” And then everyone’s like, “Yeah, that guy sucks.” This could really backfire on you, so be careful.
I don’t know what I love most about this interview: Carrie Coon fangirling over Kate McKinnon, or Carrie Coon shooting the shit with Mike Ryan like they’ve known each other their whole goddamn lives.
Anyway, read the whole interview over on Uproxx. It’s really good. Oh, and Coon really does love Kate McKinnon:
I heart Kate McKinnon. I heart the USA.— Carrie Coon (@carriecoon) November 13, 2016
"I pride myself on being tragically uncool." —Kate McKinnon— Carrie Coon (@carriecoon) August 4, 2016