Ron Liv­ingston


Santa Fe New Mexican - - CELEBRITY Q&A -

How much fun is it play­ing an un­fil­tered, off-kil­ter char­ac­ter such as Sam Loudermilk?

It’s a lot of fun. It’s ter­rific, re­ally. The thing about it is, it just lets them write some amaz­ing things. I get to say things that – I just get a free pass. I look at it as it’s kind of a free pass for a guy that is just kind of vent­ing out loud with a lot of the thoughts that I think we go through dur­ing the day but we’ve learned that sen­si­ble peo­ple are sup­posed to keep those to them­selves. And he for some rea­son is just miss­ing that chip.

But he is a man with con­sid­er­able wis­dom.

Yeah, and I think that’s the thing that’s kind of re­ally spe­cial about 12-steps and re­cov­ery, is that wis­dom is very hard-earned. They fight for that wis­dom and it’s earned the hard way (laughs). You know, these are guys who are not sage peo­ple that can see the way the world is sup­posed to work and im­me­di­ately go right there. They’ve got to be kicked in the teeth 50 or 60 times to have it slowly sink in. But you know, once it does – that’s the fun of it to me, is you get to play all these char­ac­ters that are sort of hap­less numb­skulls a lit­tle bit. But hav­ing shared this ex­pe­ri­ence of hav­ing our lives fall apart and get­ting clar­ity and then do­ing the work and the in­ven­tory to put it all back to­gether again, they do glean a lit­tle bit of wis­dom out of it, al­though they’re still hap­less numb­skulls, hap­less numb­skulls that are just a lit­tle bit wiser.

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