Brett Gelman On ‘Fleabag’ And Learning Russian For ‘Stranger Things’ | TODAY


THE COMEDY “FLEABAG.”>>HE PLAYS MARTIN TRYING TO>>HE PLAYS MARTIN TRYING TO CONVINCE HIS WIFE CLAIRE NOT TO CONVINCE HIS WIFE CLAIRE NOT TO LEAVE HIM. LEAVE HIM. TAKE A LOOK. TAKE A LOOK.>>FOR EASTER I ORGANIZED THE>>FOR EASTER I ORGANIZED THE DOWNSTAIRS TOILET. DOWNSTAIRS TOILET. I FIRED THE HUMMING CLEANER. I FIRED THE HUMMING CLEANER.>>YOU ENJOYED THAT.>>YOU ENJOYED THAT.>>I HOOVERED THE CAR, PUT UP>>I HOOVERED THE CAR, PUT UP ALL YOUR CERTIFICATES AND I ALL YOUR CERTIFICATES AND I DON’T MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY FOR DON’T MAKE YOU FEEL GUILTY FOR NOT HAVING SEX WITH ME. NOT HAVING SEX WITH ME. I’M NOT A BAD GUY! I’M NOT A BAD GUY! I HAVE A BAD PERSONALITY. I HAVE A BAD PERSONALITY. IT’S NOT MY FAULT. IT’S NOT MY FAULT.>>BRETT IS HERE WITH US THIS>>BRETT IS HERE WITH US THIS MORNING. MORNING. THE SUMMER OF BRETT. THE SUMMER OF BRETT.>>OH, MY GOD.>>OH, MY GOD.>>HOW DOES THAT FEEL, FROM>>HOW DOES THAT FEEL, FROM VOGUE MAGAZINE? VOGUE MAGAZINE? NOT JUST SOME RANDOM WEBSITE. NOT JUST SOME RANDOM WEBSITE.>>I KNOW.>>I KNOW. I’M USED TO RANDOM WEBSITES I’M USED TO RANDOM WEBSITES SAYING MUCH HARSHER THINGS IN SAYING MUCH HARSHER THINGS IN THAT. THAT. I DON’T GET THAT FROM RANDOM I DON’T GET THAT FROM RANDOM WEBSITES, LET ALONE “VOGUE.” WEBSITES, LET ALONE “VOGUE.” IT WAS CRAZY FOR THEM TO SAY IT WAS CRAZY FOR THEM TO SAY THAT ABOUT ME. THAT ABOUT ME.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT “FLEABAG,”>>LET’S TALK ABOUT “FLEABAG,” NOMINATED FOR A WHOPPING 11 EMMY NOMINATED FOR A WHOPPING 11 EMMY AWARDS. AWARDS. PRETTY INCREDIBLE. PRETTY INCREDIBLE. PEOPLE LOVE TO HATE YOU ON THE PEOPLE LOVE TO HATE YOU ON THE SHOW. SHOW. TALK ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER. TALK ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER.>>WELL, HE IS — I HAVE A LOT>>WELL, HE IS — I HAVE A LOT OF SYMPATHY FOR HIM. OF SYMPATHY FOR HIM. HE HATES HIMSELF. HE HATES HIMSELF. HE’S AN ALCOHOLIC. HE’S AN ALCOHOLIC. HIS MARRIAGE HAS BEEN FALLING HIS MARRIAGE HAS BEEN FALLING APART FOR QUITE SOME TIME. APART FOR QUITE SOME TIME. AND PHOEBE AND I TALK A LOT AND PHOEBE AND I TALK A LOT ABOUT HOW — ACTUALLY MY ABOUT HOW — ACTUALLY MY CHARACTER AND HER CHARACTER ARE CHARACTER AND HER CHARACTER ARE THE MOST SIMILAR ON THE SHOW TO THE MOST SIMILAR ON THE SHOW TO EACH OTHER, BECAUSE THEY BOTH EACH OTHER, BECAUSE THEY BOTH FEEL ALIENATED FROM EVERYBODY FEEL ALIENATED FROM EVERYBODY ELSE AROUND THEM AND THEN USE ELSE AROUND THEM AND THEN USE INAPPROPRIATE HUMOR TO CONNECT INAPPROPRIATE HUMOR TO CONNECT TO PEOPLE. TO PEOPLE. ONLY MARTIN’S INAPPROPRIATE ONLY MARTIN’S INAPPROPRIATE HUMOR IS MAYBE A LITTLE TOO HUMOR IS MAYBE A LITTLE TOO INAPPROPRIATE A LOT OF THE TIME. INAPPROPRIATE A LOT OF THE TIME. I THINK HE’S JUST CAUGHT IN THIS I THINK HE’S JUST CAUGHT IN THIS DOWNWARD SPIRAL AND HE’S BLAMING DOWNWARD SPIRAL AND HE’S BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE AND BLAMING OTHER PEOPLE AND BLAMING HIMSELF. HIMSELF. THAT CREATES ALL THIS RAGE. THAT CREATES ALL THIS RAGE.>>LET’S TALK ABOUT “STRANGER>>LET’S TALK ABOUT “STRANGER THINGS.” THINGS.” I DON’T WANT TO GIVE AWAY TOO I DON’T WANT TO GIVE AWAY TOO MUCH FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT HAVE MUCH FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY NOT HAVE SEEN THE ENTIRE SEASON. SEEN THE ENTIRE SEASON. IS IT TRUE YOU ACTUALLY LEARNED IS IT TRUE YOU ACTUALLY LEARNED RUSSIAN FOR THE ROLE? RUSSIAN FOR THE ROLE?>>I LEARNED MY LINES, MY>>I LEARNED MY LINES, MY RUSSIAN LINES. RUSSIAN LINES. I DIDN’T LEARN THE WHOLE I DIDN’T LEARN THE WHOLE LANGUAGE. LANGUAGE. ACTUALLY, A WOMAN CAME UP TO ME ACTUALLY, A WOMAN CAME UP TO ME THE OTHER DAY AND STARTED THE OTHER DAY AND STARTED SPEAKING TO ME IN RUSSIAN. SPEAKING TO ME IN RUSSIAN. I WAS LIKE, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WAS LIKE, I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. YOU’RE SAYING.>>THAT’S HOW CONVINCING YOU>>THAT’S HOW CONVINCING YOU WERE. WERE.>>WELL, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.>>WELL, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I HAD A VERY GOOD COACH. I HAD A VERY GOOD COACH.>>YOU WERE ACTUALLY SPEAKING>>YOU WERE ACTUALLY SPEAKING RUSSIAN WORDS — RUSSIAN WORDS –>>I WASN’T DOING GIBBERISH.>>I WASN’T DOING GIBBERISH. I KNEW WHAT THE OTHER ACTOR, I KNEW WHAT THE OTHER ACTOR, WHAT ALEC WAS SAYING TO ME, BUT, WHAT ALEC WAS SAYING TO ME, BUT, YEAH, BEYOND THAT, NO, NO, NO, YEAH, BEYOND THAT, NO, NO, NO, NOTHING. NOTHING. AND I DON’T REMEMBER ANY OF AND I DON’T REMEMBER ANY OF THOSE LINES EITHER. THOSE LINES EITHER.>>WHAT’S YOUR MINDSET WHEN>>WHAT’S YOUR MINDSET WHEN YOU’RE ACTING OUT — DO THE YOU’RE ACTING OUT — DO THE ENGLISH LINES JUST SORT OF — ENGLISH LINES JUST SORT OF — YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT THOSE AND YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT THOSE AND YOU FOCUS ON THE RUSSIAN LINES? YOU FOCUS ON THE RUSSIAN LINES? HOW DOES YOUR BRAIN DO ALL OF HOW DOES YOUR BRAIN DO ALL OF THIS? THIS?>>IT’S LIKE YOU’RE RUSSIAN,>>IT’S LIKE YOU’RE RUSSIAN, RUSSIAN, RUSSIAN LINES, RUSSIAN RUSSIAN, RUSSIAN LINES, RUSSIAN LINES. LINES. YOU’RE LIKE, OH, YEAH, MY YOU’RE LIKE, OH, YEAH, MY ENGLISH LINES. ENGLISH LINES. THEY DO SOMEHOW COME EVEN EASIER THEY DO SOMEHOW COME EVEN EASIER THEN AFTER YOU’VE BEEN LEARNING THEN AFTER YOU’VE BEEN LEARNING THE RUSSIAN LIKE THAT. THE RUSSIAN LIKE THAT.>>BEFORE YOU LEAVE US THIS>>BEFORE YOU LEAVE US THIS MORNING, YOU’RE ALSO IN THE NEW MORNING, YOU’RE ALSO IN THE NEW SEASON OF “MR. MERCEDES.” SEASON OF “MR. MERCEDES.”>>I AM, PLAYING FINKELSTEIN, A>>I AM, PLAYING FINKELSTEIN, A LAWYER, EVERY JEWISH MOM’S LAWYER, EVERY JEWISH MOM’S DREAM. DREAM.>>YOUR MOST SANE CHARACTER>>YOUR MOST SANE CHARACTER YOU’VE PLAYED? YOU’VE PLAYED?>>MY MOST WELL ADJUSTED PERSON.>>MY MOST WELL ADJUSTED PERSON. HE’S NOT A WE’RE DOUGH.IRDWEIRDO HE’S NOT A WE’RE DOUGH.IRDWEIRDO I WOULD SAY HE BY FAR IS MY MOST I WOULD SAY HE BY FAR IS MY MOST WELL ADJUSTED CHARACTER. WELL ADJUSTED CHARACTER.>>IS IT TRUE THAT YOU WENT ON>>IS IT TRUE THAT YOU WENT ON TOUR WITH THE DEAD? TOUR WITH THE DEAD?>>I DID.>>I DID.>>YOU’RE A DEAD HEAD, THROUGH>>YOU’RE A DEAD HEAD, THROUGH AND THROUGH? AND THROUGH?>>I WOULDN’T SAY THAT I AM>>I WOULDN’T SAY THAT I AM STAY. STAY. I DO LIKE THE GRATEFUL DEAD I DO LIKE THE GRATEFUL DEAD STILL, BUT LATE IN HIGH SCHOOL, STILL, BUT LATE IN HIGH SCHOOL, MY MOTHER LET ME GO ON THEIR MY MOTHER LET ME GO ON THEIR LAST TOUR. LAST TOUR. I WENT ON A BLUE SCHOOL BUS WITH I WENT ON A BLUE SCHOOL BUS WITH A HIPPY FAMILY, AND I SAW THE A HIPPY FAMILY, AND I SAW THE LAST TWO PERFORMANCES OF JERRY LAST TWO PERFORMANCES OF JERRY GARCIA BEFORE HE DIED. GARCIA BEFORE HE DIED.>>WOW.>>WOW.>>WOW.>>WOW.>>THAT’S PRETTY COOL.>>THAT’S PRETTY COOL.>>WOULD YOU HAVE DESCRIBED>>WOULD YOU HAVE DESCRIBED YOURSELF AS A HIPPY? YOURSELF AS A HIPPY?>>THEN, YES, I THINK SO.>>THEN, YES, I THINK SO. I DOESN’T DOING WELL. I DOESN’T DOING WELL. I WAS A LITTLE LOST. I WAS A LITTLE LOST. SO FOCUSED ON ACTING AND FOR SO FOCUSED ON ACTING AND FOR THOSE FEW MONTHS I WAS LIKE THOSE FEW MONTHS I WAS LIKE MAYBE I’LL BE A DRIFTER. MAYBE I’LL BE A DRIFTER. NOT GOOD. NOT GOOD. NOT GREAT. NOT GREAT.>>LOOK AT YOU NOW.>>LOOK AT YOU NOW.>>LOOK AT ME NOW.>>LOOK AT ME NOW.>>YOU’VE TURNED IT AROUND.>>YOU’VE TURNED IT AROUND. YOU’RE HAVING A HECK OF A YOU’RE HAVING A HECK OF A SUMMER. SUMMER.>>ACTING CONSERVATORY WILL DO>>ACTING CONSERVATORY WILL DO THAT FOR YOU. THAT FOR YOU. YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR, GET RID YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR, GET RID OF THAT HIPPY STUFF. OF THAT HIPPY STUFF.>>I HOPE YOU COME BACK.>>I HOPE YOU COME BACK.>>THANK YOU, GUYS.>>THANK YOU, GUYS. I LOVE YOU, I LOVE THIS SHOW. I LOVE YOU, I LOVE THIS SHOW. GREAT TO BE HERE. GREAT TO BE HERE.>>IS HE ACTING?

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