Question: What harshes your mellow?
John Buffalo Mailer: What harshes my mellow? Well I just had a movie that was set and ready to go with amazing stars and an amazing director and an amazing producer and everyone and, because of a technicality unfortunately the whole thing just fell apart. That harshed my mellow a little bit. But again, you know if you’re going to go into the movie business it is so full of heartbreak and you get so close and it doesn’t happen and then once in a while it works out and it is the fantasy, like it is that dream. So riding the highs and lows of it you got to have an iron constitution and you got to be able to do what David Dinkins actually one said—who, you know, who was a mayor of New York back in the early '90s, late '80s, and had a rough time. You know, one day after another it was something and actually my father was talking to him and he said, “So you know, Mr. Dinkins, how do you navigate it all?” And he said, “Well you know some days are good, some days are bad, but anytime there is a bad day I know the next day is going to be good and vice versa, so you just can’t put too much stock in that moment.” I think that ultimately when life is not tragedy it should be a party and if you’ve faced the real stuff, if you’ve faced the ones closest to you being at death’s door, passing on, you know, not to let the small stuff really harsh your mellow, as you put it.
Recorded March 30, 2010
Interviewed by Austin Allen