Hi, I'm Jonathan Goldsmith. I'm the actor that plays The Most Interesting Man in the World.
Love the commercials. I was thinking about being your character for Halloween. Any tips on the costume?
Non-flammable. Extremely sexy. Trim. Not too white on the beard.
What has been your favorite thing to do for tv?
I guess the most fun I've had is in shooting the Dos Equis campaign for the last four years. Action, comedy, tongue-in-cheek, physical challenge, and of course, the beautiful girls.
When you are flipping channels and see old TV shows, do you ever see yourself? What is that like?
Yes I do. Once, in China, I saw myself on Gunsmoke, in Chinese, oddly enough. Of course, I was forty years younger, and that was also a surprise. I've done so many shows that sometimes when I can't sleep, I catch myself, and I'm constantly aware of the passage of time.
Who was your inspiration for playing the most interesting man in the world?
That's easy. Fernando Lamas, who was my sailing buddy for many years. A great raconteur, charming, could tell a dirty joke and never be vulgar, a ladies' man par excellence, a man of style and grace.
Sometimes I may fall a little short.
How often do you get stopped by fans?
Constantly. Never bothers me. They're so incredibly polite. Actually stopped traffic in Beverly Hills as tourists from other countries were traveling in an open bus, taking a tour of Beverly Hills and Hollywood. It's nonstop and I'm very grateful for it. Every place I go, people remember more of the lines than even I do. It brings a smile to peoples' faces and it continually delights me.
What did your wife say when you told her you were the most interesting man in the world?
"Who were the judges? I want to talk to them."
Fill in the blanks: I don't always watch sports but when I do, I prefer to root for the ________ of the NBA, ____________ of the NFL and ______ of MLB.
I like to watch the Dodgers, Lakers, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Most of all, I love track and field. My father was a well-known track coach in the Fort Apache area of the Bronx -- a very rough inner-city school, and was extremely instrumental in helping kids (some at-risk) in having futures that they could never possibly have without the scholarships that he helped those that had talent obtain. A coach is perhaps the most important teacher that a young person will every have, because they can inspire them to achievements and greatness that would not be available without their ability. I've been working with kids as an avocation for my entire adult life, and find that those that are interested in athletics have a much better chance of not getting into trouble. They learn teamwork and a certain espirit d'corps, and pride in their achievements that can change them and follow them all through their lives.
What qualities should the most interesting woman in the world possess?
I would say some of the same as the most interesting man. Self-confidence. Aesthetic appreciation. Pride in appearance. A desire to learn and pursue goals and dreams and to give back to those who are not as fortunate as we are. Horace Mann, the great educator once said that to die without doing something for mankind, one should be ashamed. Therefore, as for a man, create a legacy, a handhold for those behind you to ameliorate the human condition. And have a passion about whatever it is that you do.
How cool is it that you're having this newfound fame later in your career?
Much, much better than death. It's truly a blessing in the twilight of a successful career to finally have the opportunity to do comedy, which eluded me most of my career. It's been most welcomed by me, and I'm continually grateful to Dos Equis for the wonderful writing and concept.
Hey Jonathan, what is the best thing about being THE most interesting man in the world?
I definitely get better tables in restaurants. Invitations to incredible red carpets and parties. The ability to turn down that which I had to make a living on for most of my career. All kinds of career opportunities being offered. I have a Rolodex of 7,638 new friends -- only two of which are men, so the possibilities are endless. I'm trying to hit 8,000, but until then, I want to thank everybody who's been so supportive and will keep me, hopefully, from ever having to make the rounds again.