My brother James Lott Jr. (yes, we’re full-brothers with different last names, it’s a long story) interviewed legendary actor Eric Braeden yesterday. This is the second time he’s had the privilege of interviewing Mr. Braeden. I’ve linked to that first interview before, and if you’ve watched it you’ll see that at the end that Mr. Braeden says it was one of the best interviews he’s ever had, other than Larry King. How cool is THAT?!?
I mean, seriously, think about it. This man has been in the business for over 50 years, so you know during that time he’s done a bajillion interviews. And he said my brother was one of the best! Second only to Larry King, whose been a professional interviewer since the 1950’s?!? And, by contrast, my brother had been doing this less than a year at that point! So, yes, that was the biggest compliment ever.
Frankly, I half-jokingly told James that if that was me, I’d never want to interview Eric Braeden again, because I’d be worried that I might not be as good next time, so I wouldn’t want to jinx it. It’s like a scene in the Amy Schumer movie TRAINWRECK. Bill Hader plays a doctor who specializes in treating pro-athletes. He’s playing a friendly one-on-one game of basketball with LeBron James and he manages to get a basket once and he immediately shouts “I just scored on LeBron James! That’s it! I’m NEVER playing basketball again!”
Seriously, it’s like you’ll reach that height again, so just go out on top.
Anyway, thankfully James isn’t a coward like me, so he of course agreed to this interview, in which Eric Braeden is promoting his recently-released autobiography I’ll Be Damned: How My Young and Restless Life Led Me to America’s #1 Daytime Drama (of which James got me an autographed copy, which I plan to read and post my own review of within a week or two). And, once again, it’s a very good and insightful interview, in which Eric Braeden talks about everything from his childhood, his career, to his views on current political events. So do yourself a favor and check it out: