Mercer has new book, says he’s ‘less interested in politics’ these days
Ex-political junkie is considering a return to writing plays, scripts
Political satirist Rick Mercer has a new book and “a bunch” of projects in the works, but a run for office doesn’t seem likely.
“I’m less interested in politics now than I ever have been in my entire life,” the St. John’s native, who lives in Toronto, said in an interview for the newly published book Rick Mercer Final Report.
“I used to think about it, but I think if you’re an armchair expert in baseball or hockey, you always think, ‘Well, what if they called me up and asked me to be the general manager?’ ”
The Canadian comedian was often asked about his political aspirations throughout his career on the weekly CBC satirical news series Rick Mercer Report, which ended its 15-season run last April after he decided it was simply the right time.
Now that the self-described political junkie has the time to devote to such considerations, it seems his mind is on other things than what’s defined him for so many years.
“For the first time in my life, I don’t have an immediate plan,” said Mercer, who co-created and was previously a resident performer on CBC’S This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
“Now I can consider doing things that I couldn’t have considered before.
“Just the other day I said, ‘Maybe I’ll write a play again.’ It’s been 25 years since I said that out loud, so who knows.”
Or maybe that 2014 script he helped work on for a potential remake of Norman Jewison’s The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, which never came to fruition, will resurface.
The script is among the revelations in Rick Mercer Final Report, which includes comical and touching essays on his life and career, as well as a slew of the signature rants he delivered from a graffiti-decorated alley on his CBC show.
“I’ve had my hand in many, many, many (scripts) over the years. That one didn’t get produced, unfortunately,” said Mercer, who writes in the book about his friendship with Jewison.
“But I didn’t care. Heading into it, I knew it was probably a long shot. But as I mention in the book, I would have done anything to hang out with Norman Jewison.”
“NOW I CAN CONSIDER DOING THINGS THAT I COULDN’T HAVE CONSIDERED BEFORE.”
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Rick Mercer shares a fast-food meal with former prime minister Jean Chrétien. His mind’s on other things these days.