The first time I met John C. Reilly was at the premiere of "Anchorman." And that was just a brief, "Hey, how are you? I like your work." That sort of thing. The next time I spoke to him was at Fantastic Fest. last year, where I interviewed him about "The Vampire's Assistant" just after seeing it. I was in the grips of an insane sudden onslaught of the flu, so I barely remember our conversation. Considering how long I've enjoyed his work, I figured it was about time we finally sit down and had a conversation where I actually came to it clear-headed, and so the day after I saw "Cyrus," I found myself at the Village At The Yard, sitting on a couch across from Reilly, in room where other journalists were talking to people like Alex Gibney and Tilda Swinton.
As with Spike Jonze, I came to the interview bearing gifts:
John: It’s just you and me?
John : Oh okay, I thought Jonah was joining us.
Drew: I think I'm going to talk to Jonah after this. For our website, HitFix, we brought mints this year. Would you like HitFix mints?
John: Yeah, sure. (starts to open the plastic wrap on the bottle) Do they have a psychotropic effect?
Drew: I wish. But at the very least you can make people think at parties that you’re giving out the good stuff now. So, so far "Cyrus" is my favorite thing I’ve seen up here.