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A Q&A with Will Forte – Part 1

To celebrate the launch of DreamStates, last week I got on a call with Will Forte while he drove to Mt. Rushmore. We discussed puffins, SNL, and of course, his dreams. Part One is today. Part Two will post tomorrow.

Hi Will.

Hi! I apologize in advance as I am 7 miles from Mt. Rushmore. I’d pull off but I think the park is closing soon! So this is the best time to interview me. I am so energized about getting to Mt. Rushmore. It’s taken me 40 years to get to this part of the country so I just had to get to see Mt. Rushmore.

I was just in Iceland last week and your DreamStates episode is all about puffins. So it’s appropriate we’re talking. I assume Iceland is where you came in contact with puffins?

Yes. Yes that is where. I went to a festival there and it was a weekend long event that was amazing. During this festival whole families stay up the entire night and there were puffins all over the island I was on. So we saw these puffins everywhere and then at night all around the tents people would be snacking on puffins! And I was a little sad as they seem like these cute birds. But then I heard they had a nasty side.

So you didn’t come in contact with their nasty side? It was all second hand information?

Yes, it was all second hand.

Have you seen the YouTube video of Gordon Ramsey catching puffins and snapping their necks?

No, puffins!?

Yes, if you Google “eating puffins” you’ll find this video of Ramsey catching puffins in nets and then snapping their necks!

No wonder they have this bad attitude. They’ve gotta have this attitude to survive.

I found it funny that Icelandic people seem so nice and kind. I had such a hard time with the fact that they eat puffins, whales, and horses. All the animals you’re not supposed to eat!

Well the excuse I heard about them eating whales was that they’re actually first caught for scientific purposes and that those whales they don’t want to waste so they eat the meat.

Did you eat whale?

I am not at liberty to discuss! I did eat puffin. I did not order whale, but I did have to taste it.

I loved the whale.

How did you eat it?

Raw. Like a carpaccio and then I also had a grilled whale steak too.

How did DreamStates come about?

I talked to my friend Greg Tomlinson, whose wife Maggie worked at SNL.  Greg had approached me about talking about my dreams on film. So I went to his apartment and talked about my dreams. And I just saw the illustrations the other day.

They’re awesome!

Yes, they’re pretty great. The illustrations are spot on from what I remember from my dream. The size of the puffin in relation to the mountain was exactly how I imagined.

I love that you’ll be helping Iceland’s puffin eating industry by painting them as nasty monsters.

Well, now I don’t know because of this Gordon Ramsey thing.

Well one of them bites him on the face, and then he breaks their neck

Oh, so they started it?

Well I think he was going to break their neck regardless. The first one he tried to kiss and it bit him.

Who kisses a puffin? Oh my God! I just looked up and I see Mt. Rushmore!

Click here for Part Two of this interview.

Be sure to check out DreamStates, featuring Will Forte, Questlove, Malin Akerman, and more!