This was a different dynamic on “Sword of Trust,” which, although you’ve been in it, was ultimately her film?
Until then, we were struggling with feelings that were deeper than creative and friendly. She was separated [from her husband, the host and actor Kevin Seal] and the tension had become more intense. We’ve been working on a script together for years and we weren’t doing it. It’s like, “I’m going to write a movie for you.” I’m like, “Yes, OK, sure.” And she did. She and Mike O’Brien came up with the idea – she decided, because she ran a pawnshop, that I would own a pawnshop ̵1; and she wanted it to exist.
What was the daily experience like in the movie?
I was hard and heartbroken. It was hot there [in Birmingham, Ala.]. I felt fat. It was really daunting for me, because I was on the set with a lot of monster improvisations. And after a day or two, I told Lynn, if you didn’t rewind them, I’m going to be this dumb right man for a bunch of over-the-top characters. I will be resentful and will not be able to alleviate this. And Lynn made an interesting choice to act in that movie [as the troubled ex-girlfriend of Maron’s character]. That scene when it comes to engaging that circle [chokes up], the emotions were real. Really Lynn is keeping me open, which is something she has done in real life too. Once I got to a point where she had resolved some things in her relationship and we could recognize true love for each other, I actually told her – there was drama here – I said, “Look, if we don’t try this, whatever happens here, I’ll regret it. for the rest of my life. “And so, we did.
Were you reluctant to acknowledge your relationship on the podcast?
A lot of time passed and I learned a lot of lessons around that. My audience has gone through various relationships with me. When you talk about someone, they don’t have a voice in it. So choose what you are doing 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 started speeding up the conversation. I think she was worried about it. It was like, “When can we be who we are? Enough already. “And I’m like, ‘Yes, you’re right.’ This quarantine wasn’t the biggest of the situations but it accelerated things. It allowed us to double our time together. here and we were all the time together.We were cooking and talking and eventually we started working on the script.