Jazz at Lincoln Center. May 8, 2008. By Jada Yuan and Bennett Marcus
What brings you out here tonight?
“We're doing a bit of a victory lap. I was too tired to do The View last week, but I didn't want to piss off the power ladies.”
—Robert Downey Jr.
Do you watch 30 Rock?
“I'm letting my 10-year-old daughter watch it. She's obsessed. I don't know if it's appropriate, but I've decided not to care.”
You were on the ‘Time 100' list last year. Any benefits?
“We get absolutely no power with this thing. Even though Ray Kelly is here and was a member of my class, I still get dinged if I'm too close to a hydrant.”
Is there anyone you'd like to get to write for the Huffington Post but can't?
“At the beginning we used to chase. Now we're just letting them come to us.”
Do you use Craigslist a lot?
“Now and again. Frankly I've been doing customer service for fifteen years. It can get to you now and then.”
You were sitting near John McCain at dinner. Did you talk?
“He lost my respect when he read his toast tonight. If you public-speak every night, you don't read your speeches off a piece of paper. It means he's old.”
Anyone you wanted to meet tonight?
“I'm sad I'm not going to meet that terrorist guy from Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, but I don't think he came! I don't know why.”
You're having a contest to name a pair of cows on your farm?
“The favorite now is Ben and Jen, after Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. I think they would be very pleased to have a pair of rare, miniature white-faced Herefords named after them.”
Are you nervous about this event?
“Do I look nervous? I feel stoked.”
What's more stressful: being on television, being at this party, or operating on someone?
“There is nothing like touching a human heart that's quivering in front of your fingers, and then having it stop.”
—Dr. Mehmet Oz
What's one extravagance that you splurge on?
“Flying private. But when I'm not working, I fly JetBlue.”
Should Hillary Clinton drop out of the presidential race?
“If you leave a club at 1 a.m., it was your choice not to get laid. But if you wait till the club closes, you're ugly, and that's why you didn't get laid.”