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Actor / EntertainerIamA white guy who was a Bollywood actor for 5 years, here 'cos a film I did 10 years ago is finally coming out, AMA!

Jan 17th 2018 by BollywoodGora • 46 Questions • 512 Points

I’m Paul Thomas Anderson, writer and director of PHANTOM THREAD, which opens nationwide this Friday. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps. I’ve also written and directed There Will Be Blood and The Master.

THIS IS MY CLOSING STATEMENT! I've got to run and eat lunch....will try and come back and answer a few more later if I can....this was fun. Thank you all very much.

Watch the trailer for Phantom Thread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNsiQMeSvMk

Proof: https://twitter.com/Phantom_Thread/status/952604850969239552

Q:

How much were you paid to be in the film?

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You have a book called Bigger Leaner Stronger, Thinner Leaner Stronger, and The Shredded Chef. Would you consider doing a book called Thinner Leaner Shredder, complete with a pic of Shredder (from TMNT) on the cover? The whole book can be about losing weight "The Shredder Way", which involves lots of cardio through intense stabbing and slicing.

Edit: added some stuff.


Q:

What was up with that thing in the background of the interview on the Barbie episode? You know the one.

A:

I live in Central Kentucky but make my way out to Eastern Kentucky/Appalachian areas quite frequently. The network infrastructure leaves lot to be desired.

What can I do at the local level to help support wider access to broadband internet to the indigent or very rural areas?

And thank you for what you do. You're fighting the good fight, and I appreciate all that you do.


Q:

What's your favorite use of any of your songs on television or in a movie?

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Does it feel weird that you get to go on TV and be famous for cooking with cannabis while other people are still getting locked up for it?


Q:

What made you choose Brahm's Violin Concerto in There Will Be Blood?

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That film, like many of the others I did, was paid at a day rate. Some would only pay for days on set, others you'd try to negotiate to be paid even if you're sitting at the hotel (cos they're shooting other scenes). My day rate (if I remember correctly) was 5000rs per day, which is £57 GBP or $80 USD. And they paid my hospital bill when I got what I think was malaria, so... perks?


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Fucking brilliant. Email me. Let's write together.

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:) It's a piece of art work Jill had in her office when we shot her interview.


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You're right. We have a real problem with broadband access in rural America. There are 34 million Americans without access to broadband at home, 23 million of them live in rural communities. We need a plan to ensure that high-speed service reaches them where they live. I think for starters we need to know today where service is and is not. But right now the national broadband map is 3 years out of date. Data that is three years old is like a lifetime in the internet age. We need to fix this. But I don't think that Washington should wait--we can begin by asking the public directly and using the wisdom of crowds. To this end, I set up an e-mail address at the FCC to take in comments about where service is lacking and what can be done to improve it. So please write in to [email protected] and let me know your stories. You can be a part of fixing this infrastructure problem.

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Good Burger


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Totally, it really blows. There is almost nothing I can do for those individual people other than change the laws to help them get out and have a shot at a decent life again by making sure minorities are not only represented, but carved out opportunities for those that were incarcerated in this industry.

My heart breaks for them, but what can I do other than push forward and get this yuppies to change the law in favor of the people?

Excellent question, thank you so much for asking.

For those that are curious who I trust and have worked with: http://www.drugpolicy.org Cat Packer is one of the awesome people that ran it. Here is when I had her and Ophelia Chong on my show to talk about the policy reform and release of incarcerations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xDFCjXTE18&index=6&list=PLsRq_2H1A2tE4QmYEMRn4PilaJtVuZ6Mn

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It's fucking rad! And sounds great played loud.


Q:

Nice username, btw

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Many if these accounts are new. How much did you pay for the upvotes?


Q:

Yes! Children's Palace, KB Toys...

A:

Are there any plans to address the fake comments?


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Thank you for your amazing contribution to music.

How did the George Clinton Family Series albums come about? Some of my favorite work you've done is on those records.

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I think he means that he wants to hire people that care about food, are able to provide excellent service, technique, and that have a passion for cannabis. If they meet that criteria, having prior issues with arrests for marijuana possession would not preclude them from employment. Merit based but not contingent on past legal issues.


Q:

What made you switch between anamorphic lenses on your earlier films, and the spherical lenses on the later films?

A:

Dhanyavad.


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WHY SO CYNICAL MY FRIEND!?

Emailed a list of mine with over 200,000 people to notify them of this.

A:

We would LOVE to do an epsiode about the retailers, and how much the market chnaged from the 50s to the 90s, then how Amazon chajnged everything again.


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When I last checked, the FCC received roughly 24 million comments from the public on our net neutrality proceeding. In many ways, that's good. The American people are making known what they think about net neutrality and the future of the internet and they are letting Washington know in droves. But at the same time we saw a lot of funny stuff in our proceeding. There were about 2 million comments with stolen identities, half a million comments from Russian e-mails, and a lot of bogus comments from bots. That's a problem. I said so at the time and I called for a delay in our vote until we got to the bottom of this mess. I wasn't alone. Many members of Congress and state Attorneys General called for the agency to delay its vote and clear this up. Unfortunately, the agency--over my objections--went ahead with the vote anyway. But we still need to get to the bottom of what happened here, because fake comments are not unique to the FCC. We're seeing them filed in other proceedings here in Washington at other agencies, including the Department of Labor and the CFPB.

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They were leftover tunes from the sessions from Flash Light, We Want the Funk, and all the other hits that were not used on the albums back then. And I got a lot more!


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this

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Nerd Questions! My Favorite! Well, the first time we shot spherical was on the Master...it seemed like a good fit, evoking the old 50s films like Vertigo and North By Northwest...large format films but in a boxy frame....it was a nice change from the earlier films....I wanna shoot scope again though...maybe next time...


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How many brapples is this?

A:

So does anyone else find it weird as Hell that this AMA has multiple comments for every minute from brand new reddit accounts with no other posting history...?

And all the ones that are from brand new accounts start with "Hi Mike!" While all the ones from older accounts are much more natural sounding and don't have a greeting like that


Q:

I choose this one.

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What do you think is the largest long term consquence of repealing Net Neutrality? What seems to be the most effective way to fight this repeal? Do you believe that this repeal can be challenged in court and won?


Q:

Do you think that funk is making a sizable comeback?

EDIT: THE FUNK NEVER LEFT

A:

There is tons you can do. You can donate proceeds of your restaurant to legal defense or various activist groups. You can use your platform for education. You could help by employing former prisoners and people with felonies. You could provide a work-study program for former convicts or something that helps with reintegration into society.


Q:

Hey Paul!

How did you and Jonny Greenwood first meet and decide to collaborate? You're both geniuses at what you do and this ongoing collaboration is an absolute treasure.

Big fan of your work, keep it up.

PS. Favorite Radiohead album?

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Fifteen in a fairly good brapple season.


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I emailed a list with 200,000+ people to notify them of this, heh.

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We would LOVE to do an epsiode about the retailers, and how much the market chnaged from the 50s to the 90s, then how Amazon chajnged everything again.


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Today, the United States internet economy is the envy of the world. I believe that's because it rests on a foundation of openness. Net neutrality is a big part of that--and I worry that the economic engine that it has supported will be harmed by this decision.

As for fighting this repeal, the most important thing to do is realize the fight is not over. There will be litigation in the courts. There will be legislative efforts in Congress. There are even legislative efforts in state houses, like Nebraska, Washington, New York, and California.

A:

I always thought I was the big dog


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Definitely! Excellent suggestions. First off I mainly use my platform for education. Currently we are too small to donate profits (because we haven't hit profitability yet), but we do employ a couple convicted felons with non-violent marijuana charges. And Currently we take in stages for a few days at a time but due to the structure of the company (we travel a lot for speaking engagements, dinners, etc) so it is hard to have a work study program until we have the restaurant up and running. When that is a reality, I look forward to having those things in place. And hopefully more! Right now, I try to help as much as possible. Both patients and non-violent offenders.

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Favorite Radiohead album...........ugh...i Hate this game. today....In Rainbows....tomorrow....something else...KId A perhaps?


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This is such a fun AMA. Can I ask why Bollywood movies get shelved for so long? I don't think I've every heard anything like that happening in Hollywood.

Also -- I too am interested in the subject of good Bollywood/Indian films that wouldn't be too confusing for a white American viewer. I see you suggested Being Cyrus and Mumbai Something, but if you provided a list of quality Bollywood movies (even if they're a little esoteric to me) I honestly wouldn't mind binge watching them one weekend. I'll have to check out Beyond Bollywood too!

A:

Any tips for a woman trying to lose fat while having hormone issues?


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I'll take this one.

A:

For those who have routinely called/emailed/faxed congressional representatives and filed comments directly with the FCC regarding support for NN, what would you recommend as a solid next step in the ongoing fight for NN? Surely there is more we can be doing.


Q:

Any plans to repress One Nation Under A Groove?

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Wow, you seem like a super cool dude. Congratulations to you, reading about your business made my night better! Good luck on hitting profitability and don't forget about your roots!


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Hey Paul, big fan!

  1. Actor/actress you want to work with, but haven't yet?

  2. Which of your own movies are you the most proud of?

  3. Favorite Stanley Kubrick movie?

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Haha cheers for that!

Why they get shelved: Bollywood is a huge industry and it's never clear where the money is coming from. There are a few big production houses, and many, many small ones. A lot of gangster money makes its way into films as a laundering thing, and a lot of wealthy billionaires greenglight their own films, probably mainly for the cache and the recognition and also in part for the casting couch aspect. Basically, there's a lot of corruption (not saying this for my film, the producer George Matthew seems a straight-up guy, albeit a businessman-turned-producer).

What this means is that the profit motive for releasing a film isn't always quite there. Like if you've already washed your money by making the film, why bother go through the difficulty of distribution which is an added cost, and one that's difficult to corrupt, for a film that may be a bust?

For non-dirty-money films, it's just hard. Every step of the way has costs associated with it, and the multiplex cinemas also hold so much sway. Where towns used to have five different cinemas playing five different films, there was space in the market for more fringe or less-blockbustery films to turn a profit. Multiplexes prefer to only go for huge blockbuster films, because they're typically rolling the same film out at every location over multiple screens. Dealing piecemeal with smaller producers on smaller films that may not make you money just doesn't make sense anymore, I guess.

Films:

  • Taxi9211 (almost shot-for-shot remake of a Hollywood film whose name I'm forgetting)
  • Mumbai Meri Jaan
  • Dhoom (and 2)
  • Pazhassi Raja (Mollywood film but still pretty good I reckon even though I'm in it)
  • Lagaan (shot in the same part of Gujarat as my film, and very well-received)
  • Munnabhai

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Definitely. Want to email me? Would love to hear more and see how I can help.

A:

We would LOVE to do an epsiode about the retailers, and how much the market chnaged from the 50s to the 90s, then how Amazon chajnged everything again.


Q:

The fight is not over. We will see litigation in the courts. We will see action in Congress. Right now, momentum is building for legislation based on the Congressional Review Act. It would, in effect, undo the FCC's misguided net neutrality decision last month. So speak up and reach out to those who represent you. This issue matters and the effort is ongoing.

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Already in the works


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That means a lot to me, I sincerely thank you. And I won't!

A:
  1. Tiffany Haddish
  2. The Master 3.DrStrangeloveLolitaFullMetalJackTheShining - all one word

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Hollywood actually does its fair share of money laundering (as does nearly every industry in the US that handles that kind of money). The guy who took over Harvey Weinstein's company had a bizarrely complex scheme going involving the college fund for the "customer's" kids, but it hasn't gotten a lot of media attention. And I know they used to do more straightforward style back in the early days, inflating production costs, etc.

By the way, I think you meant "cachet." I swear I'm not normally that guy; I only bring it up because, embarrassingly, I reread that sentence five times trying to figure out if you meant a hidden stash of money (which I guess also makes sense in this context).

Edit: Read through the thread and nobody has asked: how can we watch this movie? The IMDb page seems to imply that maybe you can watch it with a Starz account?

Edit Again!: Wikipedia says Taxi No. 9211 is a Bollywood remake of Changing Lanes, and I really want to watch that one, too.

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Mike,

I have been doing BLS for about a year now. I followed it day in and day out up until September of this year and my diet fell off around August of this year. After September I started working out with a friend with a exercise science degree and I just didn't like the program and just started back with BLS in December. In August I was 180 lbs and if I was estimating I'd say I was around 12% body fat. Fast forward to December and I was 196 lbs and I would estimate around 20% bodyfat. My dilemma is my body composition, amount of muscle, and strength has greatly decreased since August as I am now about 184 lbs. My plan is to continue the cut to 170 just to get my composition back and start a clean bulk/cut cycle of 3 months to 1 month for awhile. Is this a solid plan? Should I cut to a lower weight? Any advice as to whether to follow this thought process or not?


Q:

This one belongs to me now. I licked it

A:

Hey, thanks so much for all you're doing.

What does the rise of Sinclair (and the completely, totally impartial, fair, unbiased, nonpartisan must-runs like TERRORISM ALERT DESK) mean for the future of American journalism? What should we doing about it?


Q:

Did you ever figure out why you must chase the cat?

A:

How did you get banned twice from r/trees?


Q:

Favorite David Lynch movie?

A:

That's the one!

And thanks for correcting me on that, I've assumed it was a silent t all french and stuff. I've been spelling it wrong for ages so thank you!


Q:

Cutting back to the 10% range and then lean bulking is a good place. You'll have muscle memory on your side so it's very possible that you recomp a bit on your way down, which makes it more fun. :)

A:

We would LOVE to do an epsiode about the retailers, and how much the market chnaged from the 50s to the 90s, then how Amazon chajnged everything again.


Q:

There is a transaction before the FCC right now that involves the combination of Sinclair and Tribune. It would result in a massive broadcasting company that would be able to reach 72% of the households in this country. No other television company today has that kind of power to influence what we see, hear, and learn. The unprecedented size of this proposed merger should have us all concerned.

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Pussy.


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The first time i posted a dish I thought people would enjoy but it was considered self promotion.

And the second time I answered someone with my website and that was considered a violation :/

But I’m back and will be a good boy

A:

Blue Velvet Wild At Heart


Q:

That was sublime.

A:

Just wanted to say as a dental hygienist that I've seen a rise in this in patients and it can cause cavities. There is no sugar but the carbonation is acidic so having several times throughout the day isn't a good idea. I recommend drinking them when you're already having a meal to make them not as harmful to your teeth. 😀


Q:

Hi! Do you have any plans to cover Japanese kaiju / monster toys?

A:

What does your average work day look like (aside from presumably at least one failed attempt to talk some sense into Mr. Pai)? Any funny stories you can share with us that don't violate any privacy clauses or similar?


Q:

What's the drug of choice for a king of funk?

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Alright so as a weed chef I'm hoping you can shed some insight on this crazy shit that I've been chasing for years:

The year is 2010; my roommate is prepping some ganjabutter for some ganjabrownies. I leave for a while and do i-cant-rember-what. When I come back I see that the butter has reduced and is currently BUBBLING LIKE CRAZY. Way too many bubbles, seems like the butter overheated and we were worried we burnt the product. So we take it off the heat immediately, mid bubble, and proceed to make some brownies.

They were insane. Hands down the most significant effect I have ever had from edibles. One brownie put me on the floor. Two brownies and I couldn't swallow food I had pasties so bad, and I must have been at a [12]. I needed confirmation and gave a brownie to a coworker in his 30's, a chronic smoker. Told him they were intense but homemade, and that there was only weed in them. The next day he thanked me for this caveat, as the high was so intense he would have thought there was acid or something on them.

The marijuana we used was normal. Smoking it gave normal effects. We didn't put any spectacular amount into the brownies, I think it was somewhere between an 8th and a quarter ounce.

I have tried to duplicate this butter/brownie method but to no avail! I have never been able to buy an edible of similar potency either.

Do you have any idea what happened here? I mean I guess the effects had a lot of scratchy throat/dry eyes/negative side effects, but god damn it was insane. If you know what I did and how to do it again I would love a link or instructional or something.

Anyway all the best! Thanks for the AMA.


Q:

What's your favorite memory of David Foster Wallace?

A:

That was awesome. Thank you.


Q:

Hm, interesting point. Thanks for sharing!

A:

If we get more episodes ordered then there is a very good chance we do that. we went to japane for our transfomers and hello kitty epsiodes and would love to go back!


Q:

I'm an early riser. I'm a big coffee drinker. (I consume more that I should, but hey, it gets me going.) I drop my kids off at school and then head into the office. A quick review of the morning news, my e-mail, and my twitter feed, and then it's off to meetings and sometimes speeches. But that's the ideal day. And honestly, not every day is ideal. There's always something unexpected--from an inquiry that needs response in the office to a problem at home like not having heat (true story, right now).

A:

The Chronic. Snoop's Shit. Whattup snoop! u/Here_Comes_The_King


Q:

Oh man, I’ve been here dude. In fact, I thought that when people said they hallucinated from Cannabis they were lying for attention or something...until that day..

To answer your question, first off, you had some potent bud. Point blank. Second, by leaving that butter to boil, you had cooked off all of your Terpenes and Cannabinoids and been left with just THC. Ingesting just THC is kind of crazy, it is basically the same as a band only playing one note the entire time, super fucking loud. There are no supporting elements, nothing to direct that raw psychoactivity. CBD counteracts the psychoactivity from THC and the Terpenes give the type of high (giggly, contemplative, body, etc). You had none of that. So it was straight THC.

Hope that helps a little!

Edit: I've been corrected on the DMT information. u/Damienslust pointed out my terminology was incorrect and has a great explanation below of how DMT is correlated (or not correlated I should say) with this particular instance.

A:

He turned me onto Don DeLillo. And he looked at us like we were all failing him....sweetly.


Q:

Answer honestly. What do you think of the high prevalence of nepotism in Bollywood?

A:

Hey Mike, love your books. Both me and my husband have been following them for about 6 months and seeing great results. My husband hurt his shoulder somehow really badly and can no longer lift. Any ideas of exercises he can do in the interim to maintain his strength while his shoulder heals?


Q:

Any chance for a Real Ghostbusters episode??

A:

What can an average citizen to do to fight against a captured agency?


Q:

How many times now has Mother Earth been pregnant? Still 3?

A:

How prepared are you to only receive tips of $4.20?

On a more serious note how do you think this will affect other franchises that already exist? Do you think they will start implementing edibles or cannabis to their menus?


Q:

How often does Maya make you fall over laughing?

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It's a problem, same as it is in any industry. But it's reflective of the rest of Indian life. I worked for a while with a market research company and I remember the utter confusion at the idea of there being 'job interviews'... Like, why don't you just hire my cousin?

To me it's the unfortunate side effect of having a culture that is obsessed with human connection and closeness and family.


Q:

Thank you!

The #1 rule of overcoming aggravations and injuries is WORKING AROUND THEM. That is, doing things that don't make them worse.

In your hubby's case, the first thing I'd recommend is seeing a good sports doc to asses the severity of the injury, as I'd really hate to give advice that might be right for SOME conditions but wrong for others, you know?

That said, I myself have dealt with shoulder pains in the past and something that has helped me, for example, is switching from barbell to dumbbell pressing (because BB was uncomfortable while DB wasn't).

This article might be helpful as well:

https://www.muscleforlife.com/rotator-cuff-exercises/

A:

Absolutely a chnace if we get more seasons green lit!


Q:

Make a ruckus. Make your voice heard. I am listening--and I know there are others in Washington who are listening, too. There's a pile of letters from across the country that I have on my desk in my office. They are from people from all walks of life asking the FCC to keep in place its net neutrality policies. I could put them away, but I choose to keep them on the desk right now. It's a reminder that what we decide here has far-reaching consequences across the country.

A:

Yep still 3


Q:

Haha I hadn’t thought about the tips. Perhaps the decimal will be moved over a space or two..

I think they will have to remain separated through licensing. Not every restaurant will be able to serve THC. Only those that have the on-site consumption licensing.

A:

every day


Q:

Do you still act? Why did you stop acting in Bollywood films?

A:

Very glad I logged on! Thank you for the advice. I had the same thing happen about 8 weeks in. I hurt my shoulder because I lifted too much too fast. Form matters and I rushed it. Hope to start back tomorrow. Looking forward to making some progress again, Lord willing.


Q:

Any chance for one on kenners alien/predator line?

A:

Thank you for voting for Net Neutrality. It's nice that someone cares about the voices of the people.

Do you feel that the FCC is now divided based on this decision? Were more people in the background for/against NN?


Q:

Any stories from the filming of PCU?

A:

How do you dose edibles carefully enough to create a whole cannabis restaurant? Plus, your clientele won't be high until after they leave. I just don't understand your business model.


Q:

What was Thomas Pynchon like when you met him (if he's actually real)?

A:

I do not. I went to see Pazhassi Raja (another film I played a kind of villain in), and took a bunch of people to watch it. I appeared on screen at 1hr6mins into the film, and, well... Watch a few minutes (even seconds) and you'll realise what I did: I'm shit at acting. Really bad. It was a crushing realisation, 'cos up till that point I thought I was actually pretty good. Seeing that film made me realise I need to go find something I'm good at. I left India a few months later.


Q:

My pleasure. Live and learn. LMK how it goes.

A:

If we get a big order for more epsiodes we would absolutely look at toys like this that have a unique story that's worth telling, despite not being iconic lines. lot of fans of those toys here!


Q:

There are a lot of efforts to try and capture public opinion on net neutrality. I think one of the best came right before the vote. It was conducted by the University of Maryland. It found that 83% of the public favored keeping net neutrality rules in place, including 75% of Republicans, 89% of Democrats, and 86% of Independents. In short, support for net neutrality rules is broad based.

A:

Everybody on the set was fucked up. Toronto had the best weed around. Fuck the beer.


Q:

Our guests are at our dining experiences for 2-3 hours. If they stay in the lounge, perhaps even longer.

The dosage is coming in over 10 courses, so the way we have structured it is that the first two courses will serve as the initial take off, by course 4-5, 45 min after ingesting is when the effects start to creep on. The remainder of the meal is guiding them into a nice euphoric high zone rather than keep sending them to the stars. For us, it is about balance. We finish the meal with CBD before sending the guests into the lounge to decompress.

Essentially, everything is timed.

A:

Who?


Q:

so what are you doing now? do you like it more?

A:

How has the addition of selling on GNC and Bodybuilding.com affected business? Are you seeing an uptick in interest and sales?


Q:

When will you do an episode on Kenner's The Real Ghostbusters toyline? It has to be one of their most unique runs ever made. Iconic with the purple packaging as well.

A:

Do you think a republican congress can put together and pass a Net Neutrality bill that would make net neutrality proponents happy?


Q:

What is the best activity to do while listening to funk music?

A:

Interesting! How do you account for different metabolisms, weights etc? Do customers have, I don't know, like a chart they follow based on weight and experience of how much to eat?


Q:

When you're writing scripts on MS Word do you use the screenplay template or do you write out the characters names every single time?

P.S. That scene in the Master when Freddie rides off in the desert is hilarious.

A:

Now I work as a speech and confidence coach - I get people to speak up better, run workshops, coach individuals, design programs for companies so their employees can be heard. I really enjoy it, it's very fulfilling and I think I'm pretty good at it.

Like it more... I dunno. I certainly feel more fulfilled. I do miss being in films and stuff though.


Q:

They're making sales but not much in the overall scheme of things.

A:

If we get more seasons green lit then yes; it's VERY possible!


Q:

Before we get to substantive legislation, we're going to see Congress try to address this issue through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The CRA provides Congress with the ability to undo regulatory action it disagrees with. It's a long and hard road ahead, but there is undeniably momentum for the CRA. Right now, I believe there are more than 40 members of the Senate who have co-sponsored CRA legislation and about 80 members of the House who are doing the same.

A:

Dance your ass off and smoke a joint


Q:

Without proper funding, we are still a little ways off from a universal chart, and even then my guess would be around 75%-85% accurate. However we ask extensive questions to better understand the guest so we know previous experiences.

We also use a nano technology that allows for a faster metabolism in the body which helps us stay on track with various guests.

A:

HA! I write their damn names out every time! Feels good.


Q:

So you suck at speaking in front of a camera so you teach others how to speak. Makes sense?

A:

Wife and I joined high end gym and started working out regularly at age 50. We are now in our 60’s and looking to get better overall results. Started reading your book and value your advice regarding exercise, nutrition, etc. we are professionals and have busy schedules so our gym visits must be flexible. We’ve tried cross fit but trainer moved and we had to drop. We felt good but we’re also fearful of injury.

We’re looking for a workout that will get us toned, stronger and overall feeling great with minimum time. Commitment. HITT workouts? We’re bored with same old routine, and most trainers we talk to at the gym have their own program which we’re not sure would work for us. At trainers’ hourly rate of $100+ we’re not sure whether to just pick one and hope for the best or whether there is a better way for us to improve our results. Need motivation at this point. Any suggestions that might work fore us?


Q:

Seriously. All those he man creators and we can’t find out the truth behind Wonder Bread? Someone knows

A:

What do you think the government's role should be in assuring broadband connectivity for every citizen? Do you believe we should consider high speed access to the Internet a human right? Why or why not?


Q:

Was there any counter movement or objection to funk music, or was it a type of music that was accepted by everyone at the time? What treatment did you receive once you guys became a more well-known act?

A:

However we ask extensive questions to better understand the guest so we know previous experiences.

Cool, so it's a customized experience. Sounds neat!

We also use a nano technology that allows for a faster metabolism in the body

Could you go into more detail here?


Q:

Hey PTA.

When I think of dialog, it sounds good in my head. But when I put it on paper it becomes garbage. How would you solve this problem?

A:

I don't suck at speaking in front of camera. I'm pretty good at it I think. I suck at convincingly pretending to be someone I'm not. Being a dastardly dude who bashes in a woman's skull with a rifle to teach everyone a lesson. I struggled to connect with my roles and instead just wanted to perform a bit, I guess. I still have the vanity, I just recognised which talents I had and which I lacked.


Q:

I totally understand. First, check this out:

https://legionathletics.com/fitness-at-any-age/

Then, shoot me an email so I can give you something a bit more suited to your circumstances and goals.

P.S. I'm SERIOUSLY considering a "BLS/TLS for the 30s and beyond" book next. Going to be shopping it to publishers very soon...

A:

We looked into it EXTENSIVELY and could not find anything or any one to support the theory. this topic alone could get its own episode. but you can rest assured that we put a LOT of time an energy into this question and came up w nothing. we spoke w wonder bread as well.


Q:

Whether or not you call it a human right, there's one thing I know for certain: If you don't have access to the Internet right now, you don't have a fair shot at 21st century success.

A:

We were too black for white folk. And too white for black folks. But as time passed, more people got on board. By the time we released Mothership Connection we had a huge fan base. We’ve been one nation under a groove ever since.


Q:

Definitely!

Nano technology is a fancy way of saying that the THC or CBD molecules are suspended in a water soluble solution making it homogenize with anything water based (where as usually it’s only fat soluble). Our epidermis can absorb things that are 40-60 nanometers wide so the nano technology also breaks the compounds from being 4000 nanometers wide to being 40-60nm which allow it to be ingested and metabolized much quicker than a normal extraction.

A:

hmmmmmm. good question. what's it sound like when you say it out loud? it doesn't need to look good on the paper if it's a script....a novel maybe, but a script is just a temporary thing....good for the actors, not for reading....


Q:

Have you picked up any swear words in Hindi? Let's hear em out

A:

Oprah 2020?


Q:

Hello! Great show :)

Any plans on making an episode about TMNT?

Abrazo desde Mexico 🇲🇽:)

A:

What's your favorite Guster album? Seeing your bro tomorrow night! Similarly, are you as good of a singer as he is? Also, thank you for fighting for Net Neutrality, we appreciate your efforts.


Q:

What music do you enjoy listening to currently?

A:

Have you looked into using lecithin, sesame seed oil, or glycochocolate in your recipes to potentiate the cannabis?

Study Supporting Claims


Q:

If you could go back, what’s one thing you’d tell yourself while making Magnolia?

A:

So many. I speak Hindi relatively fluently. Bahinchod - the big one. Sisterfucker. Bahin=sister, and chod. (Interestingly chod is very similar to a bunch of other non-sweary words.) Matachod - motherfucker. Sala - a great casual one that can be used in almost an endearing way, means 'brother in law' (Hindi has a different word for every relation based on the relationship to you). It's a subtle "I fucked your sister" thing, but it's often used a bit like we use bastard. You lucky bastard etc. Chutiya - cunt. Pussy, whatever, but it has the bite of 'cunt'. I love the phrase "Mujhe chutiya mat banao" which is like "Don't make a cunt out of me", a great one to use in a friendly haggle (being mindful of your audience). Louda - cock And then put them together, like "Tere maa ki louda" meaning 'your mum's cock'. Or there are way gentler ones like (not sure of pronunciation or spelling here) dukan dakan? Which means 'lid' and colloquially means an idiot. An empty lid.

That's all I've got off the top of my head.


Q:

I'd prefer an ex-Smack Down champion and/or porn star so we can begin the next phase of our cultural evolution:

https://youtu.be/sGUNPMPrxvA

A:

Thank you!!! We absolutely will do TMNT and MLP if we get a second season!


Q:

I'm a fan of Lost and Gone Forever. Though I also like Easy Wonderful (and especially the Do You Love Me video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7k-VAlIPzKg). I suspect my parents are the only ones who can legitimately claim they have both a rocker and regulator for children.

A:

Flying Lotus, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z's new album, Tra'Zae, and all that shit coming out of Atlanta. All that trap shit. I'm trapped in it. Medicaid Fraud Dog, that's on my mind right now.


Q:

I've seen the lecithin as a bio availability agent, however I need to do more research into it all. I've been focusing on the nano tech but this is a really good read, thank you for citing it!

A:

Chill The Fuck Out and Cut Twenty Minutes


Q:

Respect. Speaking of mujhe chutya mat banao, how often did shopkeepers try to add gora tax to regular prices ? ...this snacks dude (total madarchod) tried charging rs 3000 for two samosas from these Dutch tourists...cops had to intervene .

A:

I just found out I’m pregnant and I was just about to start the program. I’m pretty fit (though somewhat out of practice) and have been lifting and working out consistently for years (with the exception of the last couple months when I got lazy and just did occasional yoga/Pilates). I did the program for a few months last year and saw great results.

So...knowing I’m pregnant, can I still do the program? What modifications will I need to make? What movements should I skip entirely?


Q:

Omg! Can’t wait!

The he-man episode is AWESOME.

Congrats again!

A:

Do you think without NN we will see the main ISPs continue to be top dog or will new rivals come along and act as if we still have NN?


Q:

What's the craziest thing you have seen at a performance? Please be as detailed as possible

A:

What would your death row, final meal be?


Q:

Werner Herzog says you can't be a great filmmaker if you don't read, read, read. Any books currently sitting on your nightstand?

A:

Oh man. Every. Damn. Day. That really grated on me towards the end. Feeling like I'd put in a bunch of effort to be accepted but because of my skin I just never would. After five years of being there, to still get really overt, unashamed awareness of your 'otherness' shoved in your face. It gets tiring.

I guess in some ways that gives me a glimpse at what it must be like as an Indian or Black person in the UK or Australia or anywhere. It's different but it's interesting to get a taste. I think we're less 'obvious' but that's balanced against India being generally more open.

Like you're 'other', and often that sucks in India, but it also is the reason this family of total strangers is inviting you into their home for dinner. It was the reason I was there, to be professionally white. So I was soaking up the perks, a bit, I guess.


Q:

Congrats!

Yes, you definitely can but there are a few things you should should on both the diet and exercise. Check out these articles:

https://www.muscleforlife.com/weight-gain-during-pregnancy/

https://www.muscleforlife.com/pregnancy-exercises/

A:

Thx you!


Q:

We would all benefit from more competition. Today, according to FCC data about half of the households across the country have only one broadband provider. And hey, I'm one of them! We need more choices, not less.

A:

Norman, Oklahoma. 1978. A girl came up on the stage in overalls. Dropped her pants to her ankles. Turned around. Put a joint up her butt. And blew three smoke rings. We couldn't finish the show because we couldn't stop laugh. We tried 3 or 4 times to continue. Even took a break and we couldn't stop laughing.


Q:

Thanks for the question!

42 oz Bone in Ribeye with all the sauces,

Wurrug dawali (stuffed grape leaves) made my my grandmother

Chocolate cake with a milk chocolate ganache and dark chocolate mousse.

A:

The stack next to my bed is embarrassingly High. the one on my desk right now is "3 Ingredient Cocktails" by Robert Simonson. Great Read!


Q:

I remember you from that Netflix documentary. What did your friends and family back home think of your life after watching it on netflix?

A:

Hi genius Mike, when will the next TLS be out? I’m on phase 6 and want to progress! Do you advise making a plan yourself with the things you like the most?


Q:

What kind of toys do you collect?

A:

Did Ajit ask you to be in his ridiculous meme infused video? I'm legit curious if he thought he could get everyone onboard with that hilarious mess


Q:

What was it like on the set of Kuso?

Is it true that you told Eddie Hazel to play one half of Maggot Brain like his momma died, and the other half like he found out his momma was still alive? Some of my friends say this backstory is a myth, but i'm not so sure.

A:

Medicated or not?

Edit: thanks for the answer.


Q:

Hi Paul!

What was the main lesson you took away serving as your own (collaborative) DP on Phantom Thread? Will you continue to shoot your own movies in the future?

A:

They loved it. It gave them an idea of what life was like and it was also a kind assurance that I wasn't just high on opium and dreaming up a Bollywood career.

Edit: And thanks for saying you saw it! I'll tell Ruch and Adam.


Q:

Hahah hi hi! I definitely plan on writing a follow-up to TLS, but I don't think I'll be able to do it until next year. :(

In the meantime, email me when you finish TLS and I can help you on where to go from there?

A:

Star wars is in first place, and then a close second is tied for gijoe and transfomers...and of course LEGO!


A:

Beautifully gross and nasty. Plus there was a hole in my ass bigger than the hole in my ass. And the story about Maggot Brian is half true. I told Eddit to play it like he found out his momma died. That's it.


Q:

At that point, Medicated

A:

My main takeaway was hire extreme proffesionals to surround you and point like you have a lot of confidence and know what you're doing. Would I do it again? I think I might.....but I also wanna work with Chivo, Bob Richardson...tons of others...


Q:

How did it start? Were you already in India or did you move specifically to pursue acting in Bollywood.

A:

How are the protein bars coming along?


Q:

[deleted]

A:

Mrs. Rosenworcel, before the repeal of Net Neutrality, I regularly called my representatives in the House and Senate. I have recently stopped because I felt it was a lost cause. Is it? What is the biggest thing I can do to ensure Net Neutrality comes back, and what can we do to ensure this isn't something we have to fight for years to come?


Q:

Thank you for Maggotbrain?

The questionmark is because this mod motherfucker is a motherfucker?

A:

So I just started a keto diet and I'm missing my edibles dearly, any chance you have some low-carb low-sugar recipes?


Q:

There's a song credit at the end of Phantom Thread for a Jonny Greenwood piece called "Puck Beaverton's Tattoo" (obvious reference to Inherent Vice) that doesn't appear on the release of either OST.

Any story here? Just a left-over piece from IV?

A:

Just wandering through the streets of the tourist trap area of Mumbai, someone asked me. Happens to pretty much everyone, or did back then.


Q:

Well!

We actually approved the last samples and then discovered that one of the ingredients was suddenly unavailable (oligodextrin). :-(

We're now waiting for the next samples without it, which should come this week (and should be good--fingers crossed!).

A:

It did! We are in post production on it and it comes out in about 4 months!


Q:

Not a lost cause. At all! Keep the effort ongoing. I know most elected representatives keep track of the calls they get and make note of the issues that result in the biggest ruckus. Plus, I expect that in light of the Congressional Review Act effort, there is still a lot of interest in this issue.

A:

I agree


Q:

We have a few. If you don't mind, I would love to PM you the recipes when we are wrapping up the cookbook because they will be in a better format and for 4-6 people.

A:

Well, yes.....good spotting....it's an Adaption of an old cue....Jonny took it and played it with an orchestra - instead of his computer....we fleshed it out and made it sound spooky ....


Q:

have you dated/slept with any co workers or locals while your stay there?

A:

Hi Mike,

Big fan of the work that you and Jeremy do.

I have a business-realted question, if that's OK:

I'm looking to write and self-publish a self-help/self-motivation type book that'll cover a lot of psychology as well as physical fitness, diet etc. to help people with their productivity in their work and every day life (but particularly solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, business people etc.). Seeing as you absolutely smash it when it comes to promotion of your self-published books, do you have any tips for the best ways for me to market such a book, please?

Thanks.


Q:

Thanks! Sorry I quickly deleted my question after reading the intro. I'm looking forward to the other episodes!

A:

How long is it before isps start abusing their newfound powers?


Q:

Boxers, briefs, or fig leaf?

A:

Is Gary with you right now?


Q:

What was it like making Junun? Did you like the digital filmmaking process and making a documentary for the first time?

A:

Of course. Who wouldn't?


Q:

Thank you!

The #1 rule of selling a lot of books is write a really good book--a book that people are going to talk about. If a book can't generate word of mouth, it's doomed, period, no matter how slick the cover, title, endorsements, launch, etc. are. It will go like a bullet into a swimming pool.

Another major part of selling a lot of books is creating something unique and interesting that fills a real gap in the marketplace. When I published BLS, there was no other book like it on Amazon. Now it's glutted with me-too copycat books that go nowhere because mine are so well established (as a guy or gal looking to improve your body composition, what are you going to buy: a book with, in the case of BLS, over 3,000 reviews and hundreds of success stories written by someone who clearly walks the walk, or a book with a dozen reviews from a no-name?).

Point being: make sure you're not just swiping the material in the bestsellers. Make sure that your book doesn't address the same issues in the same ways as everything else in the space. Really dig in and find a concept that is fresh and unique.

A:

thank you!!


Q:

This is hard to say. But I know that companies have the technical ability to block and throttle content. They have the business incentive to do so, too. And now the FCC has given them the legal green light to go ahead. So I'll be watching carefully. I'll bet you will be, too.

A:

Depends


Q:

Hah! He is working in the house as am I :)

A:

It was so much fun. I loved working with my little Blackmagic camera and filming people pay music...it was stress free and inspiring...more of a home movie than a documentary. I"m so happy you saw it - wish everyone would see it. I'm really proud of that film.


Q:

In here you said you missed being in films. Would you ever do another Bollywood film if they ever contacted you?

A:

Hi Mike!

I'm actually in the middle of the workout right now, monday chest day, trying hard to beat my 6x30kg at inclined dumbbell bench press!

I keep having trouble with my fitness app, I was wondering how Stacked was going and if there was any plan to add it to android?

Seriously, thanks for helping me get into fitness, I'm having a blast!

Best,

Nick M


Q:

how does financing work with netflix -- do they give a lump sum or do they ask to see budgets and expenses and give accordingly? Do they provide any data from user behavior to help with editing the show, picking show length, length of cuts etc...?

A:

Do you like any sports?


Q:

Can you explain the ‘dooloop’ part of ‘Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadooloop’?

Follow up question: How does Sir Nose feel about water these days?

A:

Are you aware that edibles can trigger psychotic breaks even among people who have no issue smoking flower (tiny percentage but)? How do you plan to mitigate this? Quick google search results.

EDIT: I'm all for legalization but I had an experience where a gf ate half of pea-sized piece of cannabutter and was "attacked by wring wraiths" trying to suffocate her for 40 minutes afterwards. So I looked up and it turns out it's a thing.


Q:

Paul, I've always loved your story about leaving film school and the films you've made since then, so I have three tough questions for you:

  1. Was Phantom Thread primarily inspired by your marriage?

  2. Would you ever consider making a television series?

  3. What does a PTA story need to have?

A:

Oh yeah, probably. Like if there was a fun film I wanted to do, about an important topic, or with cool perks, I'd definitely do it. But I wouldn't go back into doing it professionally I don't think.


Q:

Haha nice! Glad you're rolling!

Yessir, but first we're going to do a round of improvements on iOS and see how they're received.

A:

All i can say about this, because our deal w netflix is confidential, is that we pitched them the idea with a tape we had made, and they bought the show, and after that we worked out the budget together. Also, they give us a lot of great notes that helped us make a show which we felt would be enjoyed by huge toy fans and new to toy wrold fans.


Q:

Both of my kids are basketball enthusiasts. I love watching them on the court.

A:

Dooloop is that looping of the concept around and around jumping in and out of water. You can't swim but you do it again over and over again. Sir Nose don't have no sense in his brain. Its snot logical. The membrains in your nose don't have any sense. So he keeps jumping in the water not realizing that he can't swim til he's in there.


Q:

This is an excellent question! One that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about.

The answer is three fold. 1st is that we know how much we are dosing people and we ask extensive questions to better understand our guests needs and tolerances to avoid the issue in the first place. If that doesn’t work as planned, At Herb Restaurant, we plan on having “Guides” (not servers) that are trained with detecting mannerisms of people that may be starting to feel uncomfortable. CBD will be given immediately. Then we plan on having a psychiatrist/yogi in the lounge where if someone is feeling overwhelmed, they are able to drink fresh juices, talk through their heightened state with the yogi and be calmed through CBD.

A:

1) Inspired by my marriage? Not really. But kind of sort of....we're not that weird.

2) Yes, television. sounds good. but....I like makin' movies more i think.

3) What does it need? hmmmmm. Characters. good venue. and some tasty tunes by Jonny G?


Q:

so who was the lead actor?

A:

Hey Mike, What's your top three health/fitness misconseptions you wish people knew the truth about? Big fan of the books and tour work all round!


Q:

What was your favorite toy to shoot?

A:

What do you think about the horrifically racist things people have said about Ajit Pai, as well as the numerous death threats and threats made to his family? Merits of Net Neutrality notwithstanding, do you think his treatment should be given more attention?


Q:

You recently said you won a legal victory giving you the rights back to the four Warner Bros. era Funkadelic records?

Any further updates?

Will you be doing your own reissues of these albums?

A:

Thanks for the reply. I wish you the best and I suppose it's not a huge issue given the number of outfits making/selling edibles but that was one night I wish I could forget. It wasn't simply a bum trip, she was hallucinating and inconsolable. And the dosage was minute.


Q:

we all know you love some goood screenplays--- who are some of your favorite AUTHORS (short stories, poetry, novels...)??

A:

In Hamara Tiranga? Rahul Dev, Vijay Raaz, Ashmit Patel, Madhu Sharma, Sheetal Shah were the biggest names.


Q:

Thanks!

  1. Strength training is just for people who want big muscles.

  2. WHAT you eat is far more important than HOW MUCH if you want to lose fat/not gain fat.

  3. You have to obsess over "clean eating" to be lean and healthy.

A:

Didn't have a fave because it was all amazing but some star wars things we saw were amazing!


Q:

It's unacceptable. Under any circumstances.

A:

Yes


Q:

I mean the reality is, it happens. And we have to prepare.
However I can almost certainly tell you the tiny bite she ate may have been minute, but the dosage was probably astronomical. That’s why it’s so important to regulate the industry and have some consistent products.

A:

Chester Himes! Thomas Pynchon (obviosuly) john o'hara..John Steinbeck...George Orwell....Shirley Jackson! Caroline Blackwood


Q:

why did you use 'cos when the abbreviation would be 'cause?

A:

Hey Mike! Was thrilled to hear you were doing this today.

My question for you is what’s your advice on lagging muscle groups? For example I believe my arms, shoulders (having a difficult time getting that “capped” look) and upper chest are lagging (typical, I know) but I️m currently doing your Phase I workout from your Bigger Leaner Stronger book. I absolutely love I️t so far and i was wondering if there should be any other exercises or reps I should be adding on to help bring up my lagging muscle groups or just stick to Phase 1 and hammer I️t out?

I️m a 20 year old guy who’s been lifting for 4/5 years and as I get older I’m trying to make sure I️m keeping up with every muscle group evenly.

Thanks for taking the time to answer all of our questions today man!


Q:

Did you have a favorite toy growing up?

A:

George, are you aware of the show "Mighty Boosh" and the episode entitled 'Legend of Old Gregg'? This episode references an experience you may or may not have had. Care to comment?

July 2nd, 1979 ring any bells?

Edit: video reference https://youtu.be/38IFCiqc6LQ

Edit 2.0: fixed spelling

Edit 3.0:

Noel Fielding's reaction https://twitter.com/noelfielding11/status/953027921228201984

George's reaction on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd-zRHXAM5s/


Q:

A psychiatrist might be a bit expensive ...

A:

Hello Paul! So excited to read your responses to these great questions.

1) What do you think the filmmaking industry will look like in 50 years? Do you care?

2) What's your favorite film from the silent era?


Q:

I think it's a pretty well-recognised abbreviation, isn't it? Harper Collins thinks so: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/cos

A:

Hey hey!

Hmm for now I'd stick to the program as laid out and see how things are looking after 3 or 4 months or so. If it's still an issue then you can definitely make some modifications. I could help you via email when the time comes?


Q:

Star Wars for sure!

A:

I'm mad because I didn't do this shit. I like it.

(*I just showed him the video and he's laughing!)


Q:

Probably less expensive than calling 911 like some suggest.

But seriously, it’s just a measure to make sure people are comfortable.

A:

Lemme get my crystal ball........

it says, we'll all be watching movies in Movie Theaters...on film....weird.

2) Sunrise!


Q:

Odd, and interesting. Usually the point of a single quotation mark is to say there was more letters abbreviated at the locatiom of thr mark, not that the letters have entirely changed.

A:

Hi Mike. I am a big fan and BLS helped me make some fantastic changes in my life. I have 2 questions. 1. Is there a path for stacked app to contain year 1 challenge from BLS and BBLS? 2. In one of your deadlift videos I see you using towels or something similar during your lifts. I am struggling with grip strength and knurl roughness around fingers for my deadlifts that are progressing heavier. Does whatever you are wrapping around the bar help with those? Also what is your take on alternating grip for DL and it's affects on muscle asymmetry?


Q:

Absolutely love the show! So glad Netflix picked it up. How did you pick which toys to investigate? I can think of so many! (I would love to see Cabbage patch dolls, Polly Pocket, TMNT My Little Pony). Would a second series be on the cards?

A:

Thank you Mr. Clinton. Is there anything you remember about producing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers?


Q:

Are you worried at all about Jeff Sessions and the reversal of the Cole Memorandum? If not, do you think that this decision has the potential to get the ball rolling on Nationwide decriminalization/legalization?

A:

Hi Paul. You've worked with a lot of the same people since your early 20s (Bridges, Elswit, Tichenor, Sellar etc). Did you pick these people very carefully out of admiration for their work, or was it more coincidental? Especially with Elswit - did you immediately know this was your guy?


Q:

Yeah I am just so used to it I've never really thought about it. Guess you're right, but the British love changing the spelling of things to make them less decipherable.

A:

Awesome! So glad to hear it. :)

  1. Yes, we are working toward this. Big changes coming this year.

  2. Just paper towels for grip. Helps, haha.

I think it's good advice. I actually wrote about this here:

https://www.muscleforlife.com/deadlift-grip/


Q:

Thank you!! We had four criteria that we used as a ROUGH guage to figure it out: has the toy been in production non stop since its inceptuion? is it iconic enought to be on a mount rushmore of toys? is the actual story good? and does the toy ahve a ravbid fan base?

and we absolutelt want to do a MLP epsiode if we get more seasons!!!

A:

I remember the socks they were wearing were too big. I had to buy them some snuffleupagus jock straps.


Q:

I am not that worried as my lawyers have really set up my business structure in the best way possible for this sort of outcome. I think that it could urge congress to make decisions quicker which could be a huge success for us all. However in the meantime, he is scaring the shit out of small businesses and forcing many of them to operate even further in the gray zone or perhaps illegally. The bigger companies in the industry can afford to hold out, the smaller companies cannot.

Here is what my law team from Frontera said:

The Cole Memo was a memo that set forth the enforcement priorities of the Federal Government relative to cannabis.  In layman's terms, it basically said, if you complied with state law and didn't run a cartel, organized crime ring, traffic cannabis interstate or out of the country or otherwise be a bad actor, you were not the Federal government's enforcement priority.  Instead the Federal government's priority was going after these bad actors.  Sessions decision to overrule the Cole Memo means that there is no enumerated Federal enforcement priority (i.e., the Federal government should treat any CSA-violation by any cannabis operators like any other Federal crimes).  Meaning, there is no have a preference as to who to prosecute, so the DEA could conceivably go after anyone that violates the CSA (i.e., all cannabis operators).

At least until the new budget goes into effect (perhaps later this month), the Rohrbacher Blumenauer budget amendment still provides cover.  The Rohrbacher Blumenauer budget amendment provides that the Federal government is defunded from spending money prosecuting state- compliant medical cannabis operators.  Case law interpreting this provision says that the Federal government can spend money prosecuting a case against operator, but, if the operator can show state-level medical cannabis law compliance, the case is dropped.  It is unclear if this will be renewed in the next budget.

Whether Sessions intends to go after California operators is unclear.  It does seem that this move was intended to be directed as a shot at California, given that he changed a 5 year enforcement policy 3 days after California's new program went live.  Practically, it doesn't seem to be a good use of Federal resources given the U.S.-wide perceived popularity of cannabis (pursuant to polls).  Additionally, this does not seem to be a move that would be supported by Trump's base (which likely would prefer the fund to go towards say, the wall/immigration issues).

This might be a big deal, and could signal a line of high profile cases brought by Sessions and the DEA (if Rohrbacher Blumenauer is not extended).  I would imagine they would target big operators (like Harborside) to make a splash in the news cycle and to scare and deter smaller operators.  But, you never know with this administration.  On the other hand, it very well could be not a big deal at all.  The backlash from politicians in the 29+ green states will push this issue into the national spotlight, in a way that the Trump administration might not want. Only time will tell here. 

A:

Elswit was the only one who had a resume. The rest of us all found each other and started getting to work - big dreams and all...

Elswit was nice enough to work with me and teach me everything. He was and is my hero.


Q:

Dude I'm Canadian, We basically speak a hybrid of American and British English. Its a mess

A:

I’m a big fan of your books (both working out and cooking) and your shameless calling of broscience.

It seems like most of your success stories and tips are meant towards the ectoderm who has problems building mass. I sit on the other end (6’2, 250 lbs) - I can build strength (350 deadlift, 250 bench) and muscle really fast but damn that spare tire and manboob fat will not go away. I’ve been cutting for several months (2500 cal days) and, despite behaving at mealtime and keeping up at the gym, I’m not able to lose more than 1-2 lbs/mo.

Do you have science based evidence for the endoderms out there to get leaner?


Q:

Any possibility doing an episode on Playmobil?

A:

George, what planet are you from?


Q:

How to I integrate cannabis into my menus so that I can accurately judge the amount of cannabis I am serving?

How can the home cook use cannabis flower?

How do you reduce or eliminate that distinct cannabis funky flavor found in many edibles?

How can I use flower in my BBQ rubs or spice blends?

A:

Have you ever had a milkshake with Daniel Day-Lewis? If so, did he try to drink yours?


Q:

So true! We're like brothers. (Edit: Or sisters?)

A:

Thank you!

You can do VERY well my friend because you are not going to lose muscle easily when cutting.

Most of the claims about eating/training for one body type or another are bullshit anyway. Check this out:

https://www.muscleforlife.com/body-types/


Q:

It's possible for sure!

A:

The planet Sirius better known as the Dogstar. Sirius A and sometimes known as Sirius B.


Q:

It all starts with what you are using to infuse the menu. What I recommend doing is (if you live in a medicinal or rec state) going to your local dispensary and picking up extract that you love and asking for the lab testing with it. That way you understand how much THC is in it. From there you can extrapolate how much THC is being used based on the volume/weight of ingredients you are putting into the recipe and devising it by servings. That is not exactly how we do it, but this is sufficient for home use.

The home cook can use flower in a few ways: you can extract it in a fat, you can extract in ethanol, you can vaporize it (or smoke it but smoking defeats the purpose of tasting your food), you can pulverize it into a dust and use it as a flour (mixed with AP flour), you can rub it on your body while wearing lingerie, you can finish a BBQ dish off by using the flower to smoke the dish, and more. Although I’d be weary using top shelf nug for these types of applications.

The first thing I would do if I were you to get rid of the taste is lower the dosage. Most people don’t need 500mg THC in the brownie pan. It is overpowering and really doesn’t taste good. Second is to use a highly concentrated form of THC, if you are using a super concentrated extraction, you’ll only have to put in a few drops for the whole pan. Third is to balance the flavor so it doesn’t come through. Here are some things that balance it: Tomatoes and tomato sauces due to their high acidity and sweetness, Cacao, high acidity fruits.

I wouldn’t recommend using the flower so much. Because you really aren’t going to get the most out of the bud by using it in this type of application. However I’ll tell you a little secret. Use the fan leaves from your plant. Each strain has a distinctive fan leaf flavor and when you dehydrate it and grind it, it can be used as an excellent spice.

A:

He'd drink mine for sure.


Q:

Skinny fat people should lose fat first and then gain muscle or gain muscle and then cut?

A:

I'm eagerly awaiting the Transformers show, and would like to know how in depth with regards to the variants you go into? Transformers as a toy brand have many international incarnations, and variations from all over the world created fans the same way they did here in North America.


Q:

What do you think about Rage Against The Machine's cover of "Renegades of Funk"?

A:

Are you using your celebrity in this field as a platform for those currently in prison for using the same plant? Have you considered ways you could positively influence that population?


Q:

Hi, have you ever been to Ireland, did Daniel invite you when you were working on Phantom Thread?

A:

Lose fat and gain muscle at the same time. :)


Q:

We went to japan and interviewed a lot of the Takara team that created what would become the G1 line roughly 35 years ago, and we got very indepth on that. we cover mostly the 80s era but do get into the 90s and 2000s transformners a bit, but not as indepth as some people would have liked. we will release cut scenes on face book about once a week so people can see the cool stuff we saw.

A:

Rage Against the Machine is definitely a rock band that can play hip hop on instruments live. So when they are funky they sound like Super Stupid, that era of Funkadelic. They bad.


Q:

Absolutely, I answered in an earlier question but that is part of the reason for de-stigmatizing. I have worked with and greatly admire this lady by the name of Cat Packer. She is head of the Minority alliance in this industry and I’ve had her on my show, as well as supported her through meetings and what the whole initiative stands for.

I am not oblivious to the disparity and unfairness of those incarcerated for enjoying the plant.

A:

Great question! We wrote a lot of it in Ireland as a matter of fact! Just the two of us sitting at the Kitchen Table. Long walks and naps and lots of daydreaming. A great memory to have with me when I think of making this film.


Q:

Hey Mike - BLS is awesome! You’re the man.

Hypothetical - If you were sitting down for your last meal, because the supplement / fitness industry finally came after you and figured out how to have you framed and executed, what would you eat? (Macros and calories don’t matter anymore, right???)

A:

The future doesn’t bode well as the company is in financial difficulties.


Q:

HUGE fan here - saw you three times already and looking forward to your show in San Luis Obispo later this spring.

QUESTION: in the 90’s it seemed like you had toured with a musician alternate for each member of your group. You were known for performing for up to three straight hours. My question is: was this to be able to play lengthy sets or was it primarily so musicians could party - like if they got too high they could be swapped out for a more sober musician?

THANK YOU for keeping our society Funkadelic and inspiring so many of us musicians and funksters!!!!!!

A:

Do you have any tips for someone that's willing to uproot their lives and move cross country to get into the cannabis industry?


Q:

What are some 2017 movies that stood out to you?

A:

Thanks!

Hahahah shit, this is my recurring nightmare!

Uhhhh one scoop of Legion WHEY+, Legion THRIVE, and Legion ATLAS, washed down with some Legion PULSE, Legion RECHARGE, and Legion GENESIS!!!

...

Okay okay, a mountain of penne vodka from Carbone NYC. ;)


Q:

I'm very interested in the theme of why these toys are so popular now and what lead up to their invetion. and of course also what is planned for the future of this type of toy.

A:

Nah it wasn't that. It was so a lot of people could get a paycheck. It happened every once in a while when someone was high. It was mainly to get a check. The show was so long, sometimes you'd need two drummers to carry it on.


Q:

Make sure you are financially stable to make such a decision. Make sure it aligns with your heart and what your truest passions are in life. Then go for it. Stay fluid and realize that your path may change directions, but your overall goal is what is guiding you.

A:

Call Me By Your Name. City Of Ghosts. Wonder Woman. The Post. Lost City of Z. Star Wars. Baby Driver. I'm missing some and haven't seen a lot....I"m still catching up....


Q:

Hi Mike, just found out you were doing this. Thanks! Two questions: 1. Advice for someone who's 54 (like me) about gains/cuts--any differences for older people? I notice how slow muscles develop, and how fast fat develops, much more than when I was in my 30s, even 40s. 2. I've been reluctant to take on the whole macro-watch-everything-I-eat. Feels daunting, complicated. But I also see my progress stalling. So it's time. First steps to do that?

A:

Love the show! I know this season is all tapped out, but is there any hope of getting an episode of the toy lines that didn't make it? Odd balls like Bucky O'Hare, Sectaurs, Visionaries, Battle Beasts, Army Ants, etc? Maybe rooting out why they didn't take hold? Anyway, can't wait for the second half of the season to start!


Q:

Good Dr. Funkenstein, how do young performers bring back the funk to modern music? Also, are you a fan of Thundercat?

A:

How did you get this idea ?


Q:

Did Daniel Plainview ever truly love H.W or was it always just a facade?

A:

My pleasure!

  1. Check this out:

https://legionathletics.com/fitness-at-any-age/

Should address most of your concerns.

  1. Yes, at least for a bit, so you can see how it works and familiarize yourself with the foods you like to eat. Then, once you have that experience under your belt, you should find it much easier to transition back to a more "intuitive" style of eating.

Q:

there are a LOT of bucky o hare and army ants fans here in the office...so it all depends on if netflix orders more episodes or not and if they do how many they order.

A:

Damn you answered your own question. Thundercat Flying Lotus and all that shit.


Q:

Cooking has always been a passion, but when I started to think about how to de-stigmatize this plant so people all over the world would be able to have access to its benefits, the people incarcerated could get out, and we could start using industrial hemp to spare earths resources. Food was the easiest way to break the stigma since all that was out at the time was brownies and rice crispies.

Its hard to complain or fight when you are served delicious food and drink and its even harder to carry a stigma about a plant in a dish with other plants. That at least was my original thoughts about it.

A:

For sure he loved him. for sure, for sure. don't you think? He just didn't know what to do when HW grew into his own man....


Q:

How many people work at Legion now? When do you anticipate expanding the team again?

A:

Hello!

I absolutely loved this series and I cannot wait to see the other episodes!

I've got a few questions:

  • Is there any chance you'll do an episode about those Japanese soft vinyl toys (or sofubi as they're more commonly known) if this show gets picked for more seasons?

  • Was there something you guys wanted to cover on your series that you simply didn't have time for?

  • Are there any book/miscellaneous sources worth checking if I wanted to learn more about the toy industry?

  • What's your thoughts on those ZBots toys from Galoob (I think that's who made them?) from back in the 90's?


Q:

Have you ever seen Flying Lotus at a grocery store??

A:

Do you watch Bong Appetite with a pen and notepad? Do you get ideas from that show? I see them pushing the boundaries on edibles in terms of how to infuse, where to infuse, what to infuse.

Do you grow your own?

Do you prefer organic soil grown vs hydro? Can you notice taste/aroma profile differences?


Q:

Hi Paul! Do you have a go-to "comfort" movie?

A:

There are 11 of us now and yup we will be adding a few more this year. Right now we need a videographer, social media marketer, and ecommerce marketer.


Q:

thx for the kind words! We would LOVE to do a deep dive into the japanese toy world, so if we get a big order then that's possible. For some book suggestions dm us on face book and we will send you a list of some of the books we used to research the show.

A:

Yes in the film Kuso


Q:

I was on Bong Apatite the first season episode 3. I like to get inspiration from nature and other great chefs.

I don’t currently grow my own but I have for years.

I prefer organic soil because it gives the plant such a great diversity in CBD and Terpenes. The bacteria in the soil really help to provide a distinct energy for a healthy plant. I’ve asked many high profile growers and most of them prefer soil as well.

A:

The Birdcage! or anything by Steven Spielberg.


Q:

Hope I'm not too late!

I'm a 5'11 female, 72kg and lifting regularly for about 3 years.

I'm a fitness instructor and teach Hiit classes 3-4 times a week. I do strength training 4 times a week but will the amount of cardio I have to do stop me from bulking? I don't build muscle easily as it is but at this point would it be purely down to diet?

I'm trying to keep my cardio fitness high so I can teach bit without impacting my strength and I think I'm failing!

A:

That sounds pretty sweet!


Q:

Do you have anything to say about Sun Ra and his arkestra?

A:

What college were you in?

Banana slugs in the building


Q:

Exactly how close did you get to filming Freddie decapitating Master?

A:

Hey!

Hmm it's not ideal for bulking but that doesn't mean you can't gain muscle. You'll just need to make sure you eat enough food to stay in a slight surplus, and I would also recommend a high-ish carb diet.


Q:

That is a piece of art that she has on display in her office.

A:

He was one of my neighbors in outer space. Him and Jimi Hendrix. They lived in some cosmic projects not far from me.


Q:

STEVENSONNNNNN HOUSE 6 represent

A:

Deep Cut Question! I forgot about that.

We didn't get very close at all. Ditched that idea in pre production.


Q:

What is your favorite TV channel, and why is it the gorilla channel?

Also, could you please explain in detail how the way he hit that other gorilla was good?

Thanks Mike!

A:

When watching the Barbie episode viewers must bare witness to what has been simply called "The Chair". What exactly is this chair, and was there ever a discussion about removing it from the background of the shot?


Q:

What are some entertaining Bootsy stories?

A:

If Von Miller called you the GOAT, you're okay in my book.

Would you mind explaining the context behind this? Did you meet up with him or cook for him or something? I'm a huge Von Miller / Broncos fan so I'm just curious how this went down.


Q:

Hey Paul, Phantom Thread was a Beautiful film. I was lucky enough to see a 70mm screening of it.

1) why did you choose to shoot in 35mm and then blow it up to 70mm?

2) Jonny Greenwood's score gorgeous, maybe his best yet. I noticed that there are 1-2 pieces of non-original music that you used in the film: some oscar peterson and debussy’s string quartet. Those pieces blended in really well, to the point where if i didn’t know jazz and classical i wouldnt have noticed that they weren’t Jonny’s music. Was this intentional? did you pick the Debussy quartet? i was really excited to hear it pop up!

3) I love those “Thom, Jonny and a Cr78” videos that you made with radiohead. What was their reason for making those? What was the process like? How much work did thom and jonny do to prepare those new musical arrangements?

A:

Oh man if you only knew how much I love The Gorilla Channel.

Some days, I watch it for 17 hours straight kneeling in front of the TV, with my face just a few inches from the screen, so I can say encouraging things to the gorillas. I know they (probably) can't hear me, but when one gorilla hits the other one really good, I just can't control myself.

For example, one of my favorite gorillas, who I've named Harambe McHarambeface, is like a freakin' hammer in a nail factory. He has huge muscles and storms around like Donkey Kong on a diet of coffee and cocaine, and the way he hits those other gorillas isn't just GOOD, but damn near poetic. Imagine if you could watch Tyson in his prime roaming around the mall, uppercutting strangers. That's how good this gorilla hits the other ones.

My only complaint with TGC is sometimes it's boring because the gorillas aren't always fighting. All I want to see is gorillas hitting each other. A lot. And I know I'm not alone. If TGC doesn't fix this fascist microgression on my safe space, I'm going to burn my city down.

(Real talk, how fucking stupid/gullible/delusional do you have to be to actually believe that snippet was real? Gaslighting is way too easy these days...)


Q:

That was a piece of art in her office and no, we did not discuss removing it because a big part of my theory in producing/interviewing is that you film people where they are most comfortable, as that says many things about them as well as the words that come out of their mouths.

A:

We were driving into Toronto together and were contacted by a UFO. We saw a flashing light hit the ground first in front of our car. Three of four minutes later we saw it again two times, hit the street. Then the light hit the car and the light turned to liquid like mercury from a thermometer, beaded up and rolled off the car. All the street lights went out slowly as we passed. We looked behind us it was dark. Bootsy wasn't scared, he thought I knew what was going on. We weren't high, because he just crossed the border. We eventually arrived home and walked in the house and my daughter said, you all acting like you just saw a ghost! I didn't even think about it until later, why were we seeing light in daylight. I had to call Bootsy to confirm what time of day it was. We lost a lot of time that day and didn't realize it until years later.


Q:

I have not cooked with cannabis for him. Just regular non-infused Foods. But we became acquaintances after that and text every once in a blue moon. Solid dude with good taste

A:

1) We didn't want to shoot 70 in the first place - not the right feel for this one. Blowing up to 70 gives you a really nice grain structure and a sturdy print - and there are lots of great places to play those prints now thanks to the master, hateful 8, dunkirk - it's the new 35! 2) thanks for that compliment.....yes, it's nice that they sit side by side together well - that was the idea - but also to have a little break here and there from jonny's score was good too - i picked debussy...it's a good one 3) those are my favs! great memory of filming in my backyard when they came through town on tour - just a couple cameras, a couple takes as the sun went down - the real reason was for posterity - and fun - maybe we should do some more....


Q:

Can I translate your book to Arabic?

A:

What is your LEAST favorite toy line?


Q:

What's is your current relationship with John Frusciante and how did you find working with the Chili Peppers?

A:

Have you reconciled with David Fincher and Kevin Smith?


Q:

I'd love to do a deal with an Arabic publisher. Working on it!

A:

Jacks! :)


Q:

He did Gangsters of Love with me. He went back and got Chili Peppers with Kim Manning. We did an old R&B Song "Come on Baby Let the Good Times Roll". Chili Peppers are my boys. I can't say enough about them Flea, Anthony, John, Chad

A:

We're all good.


Q:

Is the plant protein powder by Orgain a decent option? I'm trying to stick to a budget and it seems to be the cheapest option.

A:

can you please add madballs to your list?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvfYcZ8GAVM


Q:

I've had the pleasure of seeing you at my first show ever at the 1994 Lollapalooza and twice at Woodstock 1999. Thank you for the amazing memories!

In all of the decades you've rocked, do you have a favorite venue?

A:

Who is the Master? Is it Freddie or Lancaster?


Q:

Honestly I'm really skeptical of any protein powder that's really cheap and sold in retail stores because high-quality powder is expensive and the margins needed to do well in retail are astronomical.

That said, Orgain MAY be legit. I haven't seen any third-party analysis, though.

A:

We have madballs in the office right now! love them!!


Q:

My favorite venue is any place with a stage. No particular place. No particular city. Any place I can plug in and get down. It kinda helps if marijuana is legal there, it makes a difference.

A:

Peggy!


Q:

Hey Mike! Ive been wanting to know a little more about your golf game. What’s your favorite club in your bag? what is your handicap? if you could play a round with anybody in the world, who would it be and where?

A:

Can we have an episode just dedicated to Arcades and how they began and evolved into the consoles we have today?

I mean you could talk about pong, atari, midway, snk, and branch out into home consoles, handhelds (tiger, gameboy, sega vs. nintendo), etc. There is so much content you could do, it's massive!


Q:

Dr. Funkenstein, what do you think of Childish Gambino's new album?

A:

Any advice for the lazy aspiring writer?


Q:

Honestly didn't golf much last year BUT I will be doing more of it this year! There's a club right by my house, which is the setup I had in FL.

Hmm favorite club? Whatever I'm hitting best that day, haha.

Didn't get a handicap before I left as I was just making the transition from the range/swing work to playing, but I did shoot a legit 83 from the blacks, haha.

Ricky Fowler? Seems like a neat dude. Congressional? So much history there.

A:

Something LIKE that is possible, but only if we get more epsiodes ordered.


Q:

I think its the P

A:

keep sleeping.....then get off the couch.


Q:

Hey Mike, thanks for doing a AMA. Is it easy enough to get back to my original weight and size of 18% body fat after giving birth? Or is that no longer a possibility?

A:

Great series! Any plans for season 2? I'd love to see an episode on TMNT or the WWF wrestling figures of the 80s. Thanks for your response!


Q:

Whose idea was the mothership?

A:

If you could raise one actor from the dead to work with, who would it be?


Q:

My pleasure!

Yes, you will be able to do that, but it may not be particularly easy while you're breastfeeding (assuming you will be) because most women find they're just too damn hungry while breastfeeding to maintain a deficit.

That said, once you've weaned your baby, you can get right to it.

A:

Thx! We have a lot of ideas for season 2, and tmnt and wwf are at the top of the list, tied a MLP!


Q:

After seeing all the huge productions, like Pink Floyd the Wall, I wanted to do a huge stage production too. You can thank Pink Floyd for the Mothership.

A:

Oh ! Oh ! Humphrey. Cary Grant. Ida Lupino. Joan Fontaine. Charles Laughton. Myrna Loy. Carole Lombard. James Mason!!!!!!! We don't have enough time to play this game. Jason Robards!


Q:

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A:

Hi Brian,

Fun show! Have you given any thought to an ep on AHI (Azrak Hamway International), the company that also operated as Remco and made licensed toys from 1973 up that were the "runner up" figures to popular toys lines from Mego, Kenner, Mattel, Hasbro? I'd love to know how the story behind their almost knock-off quality items.

Thanks, keep up the good work and good luck with continuing seasons.


Q:

Do you eat breakfast? What do you eat?

A:

What is your favorite DDL performance? (other than TWBB and Phantom Thread)


Q:

...please donate all of your money (plus all the money you can borrow) to the newly minted Mike Matthews Foundation?

Don't look into it but our mission is to grow a better and more beautiful and harmonious tomorrow by realigning global vibrations toward a 4th dimensional reawakening blah blah green tea infinity...will that be Visa or Mastercard?

A:

We have an idea for a show that would incorporate much of what you're talking about, but we need to get a second season green lit before we can actually do it.


Q:

Bacon & Grits when I'm home

A:

Bill The Butcher!


Q:

Is Stacked coming to Android this year? Do you guys need any volunteers to test out pre-release versions of the app and provide feedback?

A:

There's rumor of a 2+ hour edition of the Star Wars episode. Any idea if that cut could be released?


Q:

Mr. Clinton, today is also Martin Luther King Jr day. Do you have any special messages to share, for his remembrance?

A:

Hi Paul!

You wrote a draft for a RDJ-led Pinocchio movie. Have you written or doctored any other scripts in between your directorial projects?


Q:

Possibly! We're going to start work on a round of improvements to the iOS version very soon and see how that goes.

A:

i am sorry to report that that rumor is false. tho we are putting out cut scenes on face book roughly once a week. we did one for star wars last week.


Q:

Just like we said in the 60s, peace and love, and remember what Martin Luther King is about.

A:

We talked about doing it - and still might - it's a great idea but very hard to get right. I'm an RDJ fanatic. Here's hoping.... I don't have much that I haven't filmed already....one or two things....(that should probably stay hidden in a drawer...)


Q:

Hello from Puerto Rico!

I would love some episodes about M.A.S.K, Bravestarr or even Shogun Warriors, Whats the darkest toy line you would like to feature?

A:

Thanks for doing this, George. It's great to have a chance to interact with such an iconic figure in music. I'm a huge fan of your work and had the privilege of seeing you and the gang in Melbourne, Australia last year.

  1. Why did you decide to revive the Parliament name for this new album? (the single sounds great btw, very excited to hear the album)

  2. Can you tell us more about the conception of Funkadelic's second album? How much of it was conceived of and recorded under the influence of LSD?

  3. Which artists have you enjoyed collaborating with the most and who would you like to work with in the future?

  4. When was the last time you took acid and how do you think it helped to shape and influence your music?

  5. Lastly, which planet is the Mothership heading to next and how can I get a ticket?

Peace and love, stay funky!


Q:

Thoughts on "Lady Bird"? Maybe cast Greta Gerwig in your next film?

A:

We LOVE MASK!!! And you have some fans of bravestarr here too...if a second season is ordered then it's possible we will cover MASK, but not sure about the other two at this time.


Q:
  1. Because the last album was Funkadelic "First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate". It's Parliament's turn. The new album is "Medicaid Fraud Dog" featuring the PFunk horns Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Greg Thomas and Benny Cowan. The next album will be P-Funk Allstars.

  2. You got that right. All of that album Free Your Mind was recorded under the influence, over the influence, and between the influence of LSD and trendy chemical substances.

  3. I always enjoyed working with everyone. I'd like to work with Cardi B. She's got the funk. And the new Jay Z album is the motherfucker. I like the whole concept. I might write off that shit.

  4. Oh shit. 71 probably. It wasn't Acid after '69. It went commercial.

  5. We're going back to the Dog Star, the planet series, to pick up the Dogun and Nomos and Bouvier

A:

I haven't seen it yet - but it's next in the que. Greta I love! Greta Greta ! she's amazing.


Q:

Is there more to the Dolph Lundgren interview? His appearance was so brief. Also, was there any talk about the potential Masters of the Universe movie sequel that Cannon canceled?

A:

You're my hero man. How did you meet Bernie Worrell? Peace!


Q:

Hi Paul, proud three time owner of TWBB here.

Early last year I spoke to a crew member on the set of Phantom Thread and essentially begged them for a job as a runner.

It didn't lead to anything unfortunately, but it did motivate me to go and make my own short film that I'm now about to put out into the world.

My question is, when you were first starting out how did you go about breaking into an industry that is seemingly closed off to outsiders? Is there a way you think would still work in today's age for getting noticed? (One better than walking onto one of your sets).

Stoked to see PT!

  • Jonathan
A:

We shot an hour with Dolph and will release more of it over time. He was amazing. We spoke with a few people who worked on the movie and the possible sequil and that could be a episode all by it self, lol! :)


Q:

At a barber shop in Plainfield NJ. He was still in high school and played with us in our doo wop band. My favorite musician in all the world. Always has been.

A:

It seems to be that the most sought after position in Hollywood with the least amount of competition is...writing....writing is the best job if you can get it....people are hungry for scripts...keep writing. Writing, writing, writing....


Q:

Awesome! I love that movie. I've always been intrigued by the never-released sequel.

A:

This world has gone to shit. Can you take me to your home planet?


Q:

Hey Paul, You're a huge music fan and it shows through your films, so I'm curious what the record was that meant the most to you in your teenage years?

A:

Agreed!!


Q:

I got that doo-doo, you know that

A:

I loved listening to John Williams music as a teenager. (nerd) I loved Oingo Boingo, X, The Specials, The Motels -- all the great new wave stuff here on KROQ in Los Angeles.


Q:

Have you ever actually been in an elevator with Kraftwerk?

A:

Hi, Paul! I wanted to ask you about romantic love in films. How do you show relationships in movies and people falling in love without going into cliched elements like montages? How do you portray love and how is it influenced by other artists?

Thanks in advance, I'm looking forward to seeing Phantom Thread when it premieres in Colombia.


Q:

No I have never been in the elevator with Kraftwerk but I'd like to get in there and record a song with Kraftwerk

A:

I think Hitchcock had a good idea - he said shoot Love scenes like Murder Scenes and Murder Scenes like Love Scenes..maybe he felt that falling love was scary as shit.....? I think we've all felt that way sometime...


Q:

I’m sure you’ve answere this before, but what’s your stance on sampling? Does it still provide good mailbox money to this day? Do you think that reform is necessary to create a reasonable market for samples vs the arbitrary nature of licensing samples today? Finally do you consider a composition derived entirely of samples to be as creative as some of your best work?(or any of you original work for that matter)

A:

hello paul! huge fan. who is your fav female director?


Q:

You have to work your ass off to make that shit work. Public Enemy was a good arranger with samples. I've seen people do shit with our songs that's very intricate. The stuff Childish Gambino did with I'd Rather Be With You, he's killing it.

A:

Kasi Lemmons! Kathryn Bigelow.


Q:

What inspired the long soliloquy on "Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts?"

A:

Do you ever watch your old movies if they come on TV?


Q:

I read it somewhere, I don't know where. I didn't go to school or nothing to know all that shit. I read it in a magazine. It was a good thought and I put it in pfunk terminology.

A:

usually for a split second ...and then....switch....


Q:

Huge fan. Thank you for your work.

Who would you say are your largest musical influences? What artists should someone start with if they were trying to explore the genre of funk?

A:

I love you Paul. Have you ever heard about Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival in Portugal? Would you consider visiting Portugal in the near future?


Q:

Smokey Robinson is definitely the first. Sly Stone and The Beatles. Jimi Hendrix. I could say a lot more, but that would be a well rounded look at all the stuff I learned to do.

A:

I love Portugal was there a few years ago.
was in Porto many years ago and loved it. ever heard of the festival - but it sounds nice - i'll bring my bathing suit.


Q:

Why did Garry Shider wear a diaper on stage?

A:

Hi Mr. Anderson! I’m the manager of a non-profit art house theatre in Princeton and we would love to have you visit us during a screening of Phantom Thread (or any film you’d like!) if you’re ever in the area.

Additionally, what has been your favorite movie-going experience in a cinema?


Q:

He was a baby at the time. I had got old and was a grand dad by then. It was time for the younger one to wear the diaper. Plus he liked wearing it.

A:

Don't get out too much but thanks for the offer.
My fav movie going experience? ARGH. Um......... Raiders of the Lost Arc at the La Reina Theater. 1980. Friday Afternoon. Opening Day.


Q:

We love you Dr Funkenstein, your funk is the best!

Question: other than keeping a strong emphasis on the 1 count of a beat, what’s the best advice for someone trying to maximize their groove?

A:

Where can you get the best sandwich in LA?


Q:

Stay in the pocket. Even if you know a lot of shit, dumb down a little bit. Funk will take care of itself. It will lead you to where you want to go. If I'm going to OD, that's what I want to OD on, The Funk. I don't think there's every been a situation with too much funk. It don't mean don't wash your hands now. We're talking about music.

A:

Wallys!


Q:

How does one measure funk? How do I know if I got the Funk?

A:

Paul!

Huge huge fan. Thank you for doing this. Saw Phantom Thread last night, listening to the soundtrack as I type this (holy shit Jonny), astounding stuff. I have a few questions:

1) How much of yourself do you see in Reynolds Woodcock? I was troubled by how much I identified with him by the end of the film.

2) Are you currently working on (or are there any plans to begin work on) any new editions with The Criterion Collection? I want to buy them all.

3) We're you at LAX the week of May 22nd of last year wearing a SF Giants cap? If so I'm sorry for staring, I wanted to come say hello but I could've sworn you were a Dodgers/Angels fan.

Thanks again for doing this, and for all of your work.


Q:

You'll know if you got the funk. Your booty will tell you. Your butt will move involuntarily and will feel good

A:

1) I see lots and a not much. I'm not as fussy but I do like to be in charge 2) No Criterion plans. would be nice to do another one... 3) I wouldn't be caught dead in a SF Giants hat. I bleed blue.


Q:

You are a legend, but did you ever end up getting that pet skunk that you wanted?

A:

Paul Thomas Anderson, the only God I believe in. Do you have any advice for a near broke 18 year old filmmaker?


Q:

No I got a pig instead. His name was Officer Gibbles.

A:

Get a job? Make some money? Get a haircut?


Q:

What is the thing you need most to find the funk?

A:

What's your favorite Altman film???


Q:

A good funk band

A:

Nashville!


Q:

Whats the funkiest thing outside of music?

A:

Why don't you participate more in the blu-ray releases for your film? Why is Boogie Nights the only movie you ever did a commentary for?


Q:

Anchovy Pussy

A:

I'm lazy and the sound of my own voice makes me ill....

But I recorded a 5 minute commentary for the Phantom Thread disc!


Q:

Seen you live twice sir, spectacular shows, thank you! I'm in the cannabis industry, and I was wondering if we could get some love for legalization from you please? Just a shout-out of support is all I need :)

A:

What is your favorite cinema and why is it the Castro Theater in SF? (Norcal represent!)


Q:

PLEASE LEGALIZE THE SHIT. You got my support. In fact, I want to get in the cannabiz too! Brand that shit, give me a deal.

A:

I"m kinda partial to the Aero. So Cal represent. Against all my better judgement I like the Castro....because I love San Francisco..but hate the Giants. I"m sorry, but that's just the way it is....


Q:

Do you have a favourite Prince song?

A:

Brother Can You Paradigm


Q:

What'd you do with the money?

A:

Spend it on recording, studios, band payments, rent


Q:

Have you been to the National Museum of African American History? What did you think?

A:

Yep. Love it. I was so busy looking at the Mothership first time. I had to go back a few more times.


Q:

Out of all the venues you've done, which was the wildest in the 70s?

A:

I can't remember the name of it. It was in South Carolina, it was a religious college and was named after one of the Senators. They were wilder than anywhere we have ever been, and it was supposed to be a religious school. They partied harder than anywhere, even the police were partying. And they had in the newspaper that we shouldn't play there because of our reputation. After the show, we thought we shouldn't play there because of their reputation.


Q:

Are you still living in Detroit? If so, what do you think of the recent turn around and where are your favorite spots?

A:

No I don't live in Detroit, now I live in Florida. But I still visit all the time. They're really fixing it up now. When they do that to the hood I might move back.


Q:

If I were to hop in your car right now what would be playing through the speakers when I turned it on?

A:

Probably Cardi B


Q:

Thanks for your art, I look forward to the next 10,000 years. Which leads me to my question: do you think you are more 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th dimensional?

A:

Between 7 and 8


Q:

I've always wondered why we don't hear more mainstream hip-hop artists collaborating with you. Are people not asking, or do you just prefer to stick to your own thing?

A:

I'm ready to work with anybody who wants to get down


Q:
  1. Tell me about your experience with Ice Cube recording "Bop Gun (One Nation)". What were your initial thoughts when you were approached? And how great is his writing on that track, right?

  2. Give me some insight on how the drug culture of P-Funk's time played a role in your creative process. Was the collective mythology the product of your minds on acid and coke? Y'all smoked weed, right?

  3. What are your underrated favorites from your decades with P-Funk? "Wizard of Finance" is a masterpiece. And I rarely see people acknowledge how fantastic Clones of Dr. Funkenstein was.

You're a hero, George. You have a young generation of fans.

A:
  1. When he said Bop Gun, I thought he was talking about Bop Gun I didn't realize until I got there that he was playing One Nation which is easier for me to do because I'm not trying to sing behind Glenn on Bop Gun. They slowed it down a bit making it easier for me to sing. It was the bomb. In fact, he did a Remix of Ain't That Funkin Kinda Hard on You. That shows you how much I depend on Ice Cube! Thank you Ice Cube.

  2. I agree with Wizard of Finance. I also like Happiness on Our Side by Bernie Worrell. That whole album in the world is probably my favorite underrated album.


Q:

Do you wipe with your left or right hand?

A:

Let me smell my finger


Q:

Mr. Clinton,

The song "Can You Get To That" off Maggot Brain is far and away my favorite song from any of your groups, so thank you for writing that masterpiece.

My question is: Did you personally approve the sample of that song for the song "Rill Rill" by Sleigh Bells? If not, were you aware that song existed?

A:

We did not know until it appeared on the Super Bowl Commercial. And we still trying to get paid for that.


Q:

Oh my god, man, what you and your band mates have done is some amazing music. Changed my idea of what was possible musically. Thank you so much for all those years of work. How the hell did you come up with such awesome, unique sounds? Who are your influences?

I hope you don't mind the comparison, but learning about you blew my mind in the same way as first learning about Screamin' Jay.

I also heard some chick wouldn't fuck you cuz you were wearing a diaper, is that true?

A:

I like Screamin' Jay Hawkins. I put a spell on you. Don't know how I'd fuck with a diaper on. Take it off. It's weird fucking with a diaper on!


Q:

In what ways has funk surprised you over the years?

A:

It don't surprise me but I see the surprised look on people's face when the see the funk coming back 40 years 50 years 60 years. It doesn't go away. Funk is forever coming.