CHRIS NEUMER: I assume you are getting ready for an assload of talk about the movie that doesn’t even have a name yet. MIKE VOGEL: (laughs) Yeah, I’d tell you that name if I knew it. MIKE VOGEL: (laughs) Yeah, I’d tell you that name if I knew it. I find the best remedy is to live way the hell away from it all. ” He feels like he has to take a shower everyday when he comes home because he feels disgusting. You have to make an effort to go and do these things. He’s said that the place goes out of control, when it’s like, “Britney’s on the move Britney’s one the move! ” But at the same time, you have to show up to these places [to be seen]. They’re these autograph hounds outside, and it’s just amazing how they always seems to have the right picture with them, and they know exactly where to go. My brother is an editor [at TMZ] and the practices of these places amaze me. MIKE VOGEL: I’m just torn constantly because you have the people who bemoan the fact, “Oh, leave me alone, they’re everywhere, my life is so hard!
They’ll be there taking pictures of me building things in my backyard. CHRIS NEUMER: You see, my life is so bad that I have to live through you.
Is that really going to supply a lot of entertainment for people, because they want to know what the life of a “star” is like? MIKE VOGEL: (Laughs hysterically) Yeah, I’ll throw you a hammer, Chris. Somebody had mentioned something to me where they weren’t denigrating acting, but they were talking about how Nicolas Cage made a film because he just wanted the money, and I said, “Do you really want to get up early in the morning to go teach the eighth graders?
CHRIS NEUMER: When you get asked the same questions over, and over again, do you just fall into a routine, or lapse into a sort of general I-don’t-care mode? You’re telling me that this is what you want to do? CHRIS NEUMER: And they said, “Well that’s not a passion project, he’s just doing it for the money,” and I said, “Well you’ve got to do it for the money… He doesn’t need to do a damn thing, that’s why he can go play gay prostitutes and all that. CHRIS NEUMER: So I figured I’d ask you, I know you did some modeling, so did you have the ability to sit around and pick and choose certain— MIKE VOGEL: Well, no. When I was modeling and doing commercials, I was also plumbing at the same time. I mean, I love the city, but I can’t take it for more than several days and then I’m climbing the walls. I can’t believe any of it, and I can’t get into any of it. I just have my many beautiful models, and stacks of money.
MIKE VOGEL: Kurt Russell did an awesome job of dealing with this when we were in Italy on the junket. ” Kurt goes, “You know what, let me tell you what it’s like. I mean [in ] Patrick Stewart had the benefit of playing an entirely different character – he wasn’t playing Kirk. Philadelphia is a one-hour train ride away, and that way I can get back to my family. You still have sewer-residue by the time you get downtown the next day. and it’s going to be big, and huge, and that means you’re going to have back-end points, and not only that, but I think it means that because it’s such a big budget that all the money goes to the actors… Even if you’re making nothing, there’s a release that comes from, those forces inside you. But to answer the question, you try and space things out as best you can. He’s skipped out on a lot of things and it’s worked out. CHRIS NEUMER: The things about acting in Hollywood that the American public knows are basically what they’re spoon-fed. We need to have them have their affairs and their flings. Maybe my whole perception of this will change someday, when it’s all different, and maybe it won’t, but I’ve chosen to take the path of—this is what I love doing.
One of these Italian interviewers asked, “What did it feel like to be wallpaper? We’re people, and we need to buy certain things for our families, like socks and underwear, and sometimes you do a film just for that reason and that reason alone. There have been eight hundred Bond movies, but there one “all time favorite,” who will forever be (in faux-Scottish accent) Sean Connery… I think Pierce Bronson did a good job, Daniel Craig did a good job, but it’s hard to stamp something that’s been stamped eight hundred times. Yeah, he was a commander, but he wasn’t playing Kirk, so he could do his own thing. CHRIS NEUMER: Once something is scheduled, they’ve almost completely forgotten about it and it’s not even over yet, and then it’s next week. Most people in a real world setting don’t deal with things that way. Your decisions that you make now – there’s that old adage that “your sins will find you out.” You have to think that eventually, stuff will come back to bite you. Every film, you can control everything only when you’re on set. MIKE VOGEL: And after that it’s in a completely different group of people’s hands and your fate basically rests with them. CHRIS NEUMER: What is it you don’t like about New York? CHRIS NEUMER: You’re doing something very similar right now if I understand correctly. Yeah, I think I know how Hollywood works.” MIKE VOGEL: Yeah, we won’t talk about all that on this one, but, yeah that’s how this thing works. And look, at the end of the day Deniro went off on an actor one time when this actor went nuts waiting in a make-up trailer saying, “I can’t believe they brought me in early, I’ve been waiting for four hours, what could they possibly be doing out there.” Deniro’s sitting there reading a magazine, he turns to the guy and he goes, “Shut the fuck up.” (imitating Deniro’s voice) “The waiting, the make-up, the time you spend here, the time you’re doing nothing, that’s what you get paid for. I look at it as kind of like a race—a long distance race. CHRIS NEUMER: I’m sure there was a veiled Matthew Mc Conaughey joke in their somewhere… MIKE VOGEL: (laughs) CHRIS NEUMER: I don’t know why I was thinking about this while you were talking—it wasn’t even something I was originally going to ask—but how has Entourage affected you? The truth of the matter is, it’s more cutthroat than any other industry. This is my job, and I’m living my dream and I’m living my dream with a family. I remember I was having this conversation at on a Friday night— for me in Chicago, here in LA—and I was out. Sometimes he just thinks he’s Jim Cameron.” MIKE VOGEL: (laughs out loud) CHRIS NEUMER: And that’s the joke, and the agent, was quite literally, like right here, I mean within arms reach, and I was like, “Ohhhh…” MIKE VOGEL: (mimics slide whistle) CHRIS NEUMER: But, I’m at the point now where I’m glad that I have these things that entertain me later. Why is it almost such a closed society where everyone wants to protect everyone else? CHRIS NEUMER: What if your agent called you up and said, “Mike, listen we don’t think you’re right for that role in the remake of , but we’d like to have you look at this script because we think you’re right for it.” The world could spin off its axis! CHRIS NEUMER: You could fall apart, and start crying, hysterically on the phone. Somehow, all of us are still here in the soup, and enjoying it… CHRIS NEUMER: And, as you say, at the end of the day you get to go home to a wife and kid which takes you away.
” Basically he was calling us wallpaper because the star of the movie was the ship, not us. And that’s probably the same reason your ass is sitting there asking me such a foolish question.” CHRIS NEUMER: About movie. That’s the thing that’s baffled me most about all this. MIKE VOGEL: There’s just so much more that goes into choosing something like this than you’d think about. This new person has to come out and win Shatner fans. CHRIS NEUMER: It dawned on me yesterday while I was explaining to a group of publicists—I had a very, let’s called it contentious relationship with one of them like three years ago—but I realized that they don’t even deal in the now. CHRIS NEUMER: And whether or not they liked it, you’re getting the blame. It’s always your fault, no matter how bad the script was to begin with, no matter how misdirected it may have been, or misacted, or mis-anything. You reach a certain point where, even if it’s not the best material, it’s a chance for me to perform an act. MIKE VOGEL: Nothing, I love it, but coming from Bucks County with trees, and fall, and seasons, and land. MIKE VOGEL: (laughs) The answer to it all is that everyone always thinks that the minute you get a project that you’re set for life. You’re just hoping you get the bottle of water at the right time and that sustains you for the next five miles. It’s more progressive than almost any other industry and it’s probably more fucked-up than any other industry, but nobody really knows that because— MIKE VOGEL: Because they watch , people are asking you why you’re not doing three-somes in the hills or things like that? I had a kid, my daughter, seven months ago and I’m enjoying being a dad. I’m living my dream, doing everything I want to do and that doesn’t consist of going out to parties and all the insane, drug-filled nights in the hills. It was when one of the boys hooked up with Ari’s assistant and the assistant actually had time to do stuff. CHRIS NEUMER: Oh, I’m aware of that, but my problem was that this girl would leave at five. I said to my friends “I will call this agent I know at ICM right now and I absolutely guarantee you his assistant will answer the phone. I’m assuming that you have talked to other actors in your position. I’m actually at the point where I can be entertained by my own misfortune. It’s far better to be told, “Mike, you’re great for everything,” even when you’re not. CHRIS NEUMER: Forget about the fact that then you’d be wondering why, if you’re so great for everything, you can’t get the roles you want.