Was this a different dynamic in The Sword of Trust, which, although you participated in it, was ultimately her film?
Until then, we struggled with feelings that were deeper than creativity and friendship. She was divided [from her husband, the host and actor Kevin Seal] and the tension had grown stronger. We’ve been working on a script for years and we just haven’t done it. It’s, “I’ll write you a movie.” I’m like, “Yeah, well, of course.” And she did. She and Mike O’Brien came up with an idea – she decided, as she passed a pawn shop, that I would own a pawn shop ̵
What was the daily experience like in the movie?
I was touching and difficult. It was hot there [in Birmingham, Ala.], I felt fat. It was very discouraging for me because I was on stage with a lot of monstrous improvisers. And in a day or two, I told Lynn, if you don’t roll them, I’ll be that stupid straight man of a bunch of great characters. I will be filled with resentment and I will not be able to relieve myself of that. And Lynn made an interesting choice to star in this film [as the troubled ex-girlfriend of Maron’s character]That scene when he comes to walk this ring [chokes up], the emotions were real. In fact, Lynn keeps me open, which she does in real life. When I got to the point where she resolved some things in her relationship and we were able to confess true love to each other, I actually told her – there was drama here – I said, “Look, if we don’t do it, try whatever happens here. , I will regret for the rest of my life. “So we did it.
Were you hesitant to acknowledge your connection in the podcast?
It took a long time and I learned a lot of lessons about it. My audience has gone through several relationships with me. When you talk about someone, they have no voice in them. So choose what you do there. Once Lynn and I were able to start seeing each other, we kept a low profile for about three to six months, and then she began to ease into the conversation. I think he was upset about that. It was like, “When can we be who we are? That’s enough. “And I’m like, ‘Yes, you’re right.’ This quarantine was not the best situation, but it accelerated things. This gave us the opportunity to double our time together. She had moved all her things here, and we were together the whole time. We prepared and talked and finally we started working on the script again.