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Nerdist Podcast: Ron Perlman Returns
Episode 584: Nerdist Podcast
Ron Perlman Returns
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Nerdist Podcast: Ron Perlman Returns

Ron Perlman had so much fun the first time on the podcast, he had come back for seconds! He and Chris talk about the upcoming movie The Book of Life, growing up in ’50s New York, the Greatest Generation, what inspired Ron to write a memoir, “Easy Street, The Hard Way,” and his goal to never take anything in life for granted. They also come up with the million dollar idea of Shitstagram!

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  1. Adventureless_Hero says:

    While I agree with the sentiment Ron is trying to express, I can’t agree that the noble, stoic, humble hero is all but extinct. I just feel that there has been a shift in where the spotlight shines and where the adoration goes. While “classic” bad asses exist now-a-days, like George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Judy Dench, Tom Hanks, and Meryl Streep to name a few, it seems that as the times are a-changing the overwhelming demographic that have a say so in who is a celebrity or not has grown younger and younger. And so it becomes people of the same age group that become admired, an age group that perhaps is not physically and emotionally mature enough to handle all those sort of super-attention.

    That and technology has also helped the average Jane and Joe become overnight famous, which can really fuck with a person. Being thrust into the spotlight without having to climb their way up rung by rung can lead one to assuming it comes easy in life and results in less appreciation for the role they play in the spotlight. Then once the attention starts to shift somewhere else they crave the attention and begin to grow desperate to do anything to call the spotlight back to them.

    So in short, I guess what I’m saying is that yes technology has lead to a shift in the sort of people that are admired, but it has not lead to the extinction of honestly good and genuinely selfless folks in the world. Unfortunately they just aren’t headlining these days, unless they shit themselves on reality TV. 

  2. I think it would be ridiculously cool if you got The Offspring or Green Day on the podcast.

  3. Narrator says:

    No Heroes? 
    Bill Murray, how’s that for a Hero?

  4. Marianne "Lioness" Nielsen says:

    Ron Perlman, you handsome man, you!!! I love this Podcast! Your laughs are totally cool and they make ME laugh, TOO.  I wish you luck in everything you do. Take care, Ron. You deserve the best. I WILL get my eagerly trembling Lioness paws on “Easy Street” someday! THAT I promise. Heh heh.

  5. Even though I might disagree with some of what Ron said about the Greatest Generation or technology or whatever, he is STILL a hilarious and fascinating fellow with a sonorous voice that is a joy to listen to, especially directly in my ears on a podcast. If I had as much badassery as he does just in his facial hair, I would be at least twice as cool. I can’t wait to read his book.

  6. Kristin says:

    i love ron so much.

  7. DiHard11 says:

    Ron Perlman seems like a nice guy.  But I he seems old in his thinking.  Technology is not the problem.  It’s a tool like everything else.  There are positive and negative applications.  Just because someone has negative applications doesn’t mean you throw the whole thing out. 

    His idea of masculinity/hero seems very very out dated.  I would propose that Tom Hanks is a movie star that many people look up to.  What’s wrong with actors like David Tennant, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tim Roth, Hugh Jackman, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Christopher Eccleston, etc? They are super talented and IMHO very heroic (mmm…manly). (Someone loves the Doctor. #guilty)

  8. Bianca says:

    Someone please offer Katie a job as a sports writer so I can be Chris’s assistant. Great podcast and much love to Ron, who as always, super fun to listen too. Question: Why no SOA questions- is there really bad blood there..???

  9. KevinCV says:

    I love me some Ron Perlman! Thanks for another awesome podcast, Chris and company! 🙂

  10. Nikki says:

    chris – people actually do put their shits on instagram…I’ve accidentally seen it and CANNOT UNSEE! nooooo

    Anyway, I think Clooney is a bit overrated, although I will admit his humanitarianism and activism is a great thing.

    “The more I talk the more full of shit I think I am” haha love it. At least he is self-aware!

  11. Sammy says:

    The dearth of heroes all goes back to feminism.  You can’t glorify a man for being manly anymore.  Women will glorify a man for being sexy, but not for being manly.  They continue to push the image of skinny-jean-wearing hipster/pussy as what a man should aspire too.  

    • Nikki says:

      …what dream world do you live in?

    • Martine says:

      If you don’t have heroes anymore then you probably have poor criteria for choosing them, there are great people out there that are looked up to because they set a good example of how to be a good person.
      Also you should educate yourself about what feminism is about, you don’t seem to get it judging by this comment.

      • Sammy says:

        So what Perlman was saying about heroes is all because there is something wrong with me.  Got it.

        • Martine says:

          I didn’t hear Perlman blaming feminism at all, just that he can’t find examples. And to be honest I think it’s sad that he doesn’t, because as I said above there certainly are.
          And I was not implying that something is wrong with you, I just pointed out that you seem to be uninformed about feminism.

    • BassBone says:

      Yeah, fuck all those women and feminists making the world better for everyone. Jesus christ, dude, don’t be an ass.

  12. pallykax says:

    Ron Perlman you´re an awezoomé person. This podcast was very enjoyable to listen to funny, mellow and oh yeah.. really good!

  13. Sebastian says:

    I’ll try to phrase this delicately: Marilyn Manson was more coherent on “Talking Dead”.
    All the Podcasts where Chris said they might be bad I thought they were ok. If not great. But this one… this one really makes me wonderwonder what Janeane Garofalo did that her episode was canned. It can’t be worse than this. It really can’t.

  14. @RJ_RedneckJedi says:

    ‘When you’re chasing trends, you’re going downhill.’  So says Hardwick, the Lord God Jehovah of trend-chasers.  He chases trends with his stand-up comedy, ‘@Midnight’ is totally about chasing trends & of course the function of this pussy-ass nerd-poser site is to CHASE TRENDS.  Oh my GAWD, Hardwick is so full of shit.

    • Phil says:

      Why so much hate?
      I think the point is that he follows what interests him, and that;s why we gravitate to his products. Try to look at it like this; He does and will always follow those “trends” and never deviate based on numbers, market share, demographics, etc..

  15. na_pow says:

    Just the southern tip in the northern…

  16. Peter says:

    yup.  fuckin dig this guy.  well done.

  17. Ben says:

    I believe Shitstagram would have an IPOO

  18. Trike says:

    I’m reminded of the line from The Big Chill: “So what’s the thrust here? That we were great then and we’re shit now?”

    Perlman may have had Einstein, but we have Hawking. John Wayne was a huge movie star who was an out-of-touch conservative and fulfilling that role for us today is Bruce Willis. He may have had Dylan, but we have… Dylan. Wow, that dude’s old.

    People keep wanting to equate Clooney with Sinatra, but I think the closer parallel is Paul Newman, making interesting acting choices, offbeat directing gigs, a strong sense of social activism and giving back.

    I can’t even think of a 1950s parallel to Steven Soderbergh, Robert Rodriguez or Wes Anderson, because the studio system wouldn’t really allow for their style of filmmaking.

    The equivalent of Mark Spitz (think Burt Reynolds in Smokey & the Bandit) is Michael Phelps. Usain Bolt is the equivalent of any runner you name from the 1950s, like Zatopek, Prefontaine or Roger Bannister.

  19. Mike says:

    Clooney is alright. But I still think Ron Perlman wore it better in Frankie Goes Boom, than Clooney in Batman… 

  20. zach says:

    Ron Perlman’s voice sounds like its coming out of a monster. I keep picturing a giant lion talking to a mouse.  #nooffensechis #sodeep

  21. for real dogs says:

     love me some ronnie P