Posted: Mar 28, 2006 5:48 pm
'Highlights' from the Washington Post article "Punk rocker Rollins yearns to be modern-day Mark Twain":
"It would be great to finish out as a low-budget Mark Twain," Rollins said about the trajectory of his career, referring to the 19th century American author noted for his wit. "People just liked to hear him speak on stuff."
"What makes me mad, now? What do I lose sleep over? Iraq, Katrina, Dubai Ports deals," he said. But he also loathes his own "failures, shortcomings, shallowness, self-interest -- and all that groovy adult (stuff)."
But Rollins' main focus is America, and he cited Twain as somebody he admired because they share a love of the United States and a willingness to speak up about the country.
"I'm not trying to be Mr. Patriot, but America fascinates me," Rollins said. "I've been across it, up and down it, and shaken more hands than any president."
The IFC program's format has been changed since the last season. Like last year, when it was titled "Henry's Film Corner," Rollins will interview movie makers, actors and actresses.
But this year, Rollins has added segments like "Teeing Off" in which he speaks his mind on pop culture and politics, and IFC boosted the frequency to one new show a week from one a month last year.
"I never thought I was right for TV or that TV was right for me. I'm outspoken," he said. "I come from the punk rock thing where you do what you want and if anyone doesn't like it, they know where the exit door is."