Was it a different dynamic of “Sword of Trust”, which, even though you starred in it, was ultimately her film?
At the time, 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 increased. We worked together on the script for years and we just didn’t make it. She likes, “I’ll write you a movie.” I’m like, “Yes, of course.” And she did. She and Mike O’Brien came up with the idea – she decided, because she walked past the pawnshop, that I would be the owner of the pawnshop ̵1; and that was what she wanted to exist.
What was the daily experience of the film like?
I was cheeky and heavy. It was hot down there [in Birmingham, Ala.], I felt bold. It was very depressing for me because I was on stage with a lot of monster improvisers. And after a day or two, I told Lynn: If you don’t blame them, I’ll be this stupid man in a pile of over-the-top characters. I will be filled with indignation and I will not be able to alleviate myself. And Lynn made an interesting choice for starring in this film [as the troubled ex-girlfriend of Maron’s character]This is the scene when it comes to a pawn [chokes up], the emotions were real. It’s really Lynn who keeps me open, which she’s done in real life. Once she got to the point where she was resolving some things in her relationship and we were able to recognize each other’s true love, I really told her – there was a drama – I said, “Look, if you don’t try it, whatever happens, it will be sorry for the rest of my life. “It simply came to our notice then.
Did you hesitate to acknowledge your relationship with the podcast?
It took a long time and I learned a lot. My audience has gone through several relationships with me. When you talk about someone, they have no voice in them. Choose what you do there. As soon as Lynn started seeing each other, we kept a low profile for about three to six months and then started conversing. I think she was upset. It was like, “When can we be who we are? Enough. “And I’m glad,” Yes, you’re right. “This quarantine wasn’t the biggest situation, but it speeded things up. It allowed us to double our time. I moved all my things here and we were together. We cooked and talked and finally we started working on the script again.