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Interviewing Wilford Brimley Goes Pretty Much Exactly As You’d Expect

Last night we spoke with Cocoon star, Quaker Oats spokesman, and proud 75-year-old grumpypants Wilford Brimley as he promoted Did You Hear About the Morgans?. In it, he plays Earl (could his character name be any more perfect?), the cantankerous owner of the only restaurant in Ray, Wyoming, where Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker hide out after having witnessed a murder. The conversation went pretty much as you'd expect. Get ready to be curmudgeoned!

What did you teach Sarah and Hugh about the country?
Nothing.

How was SJP with a gun?
You know, she's a nice, nice lady. I enjoyed my time with her very much.

Did you show her how to handle livestock?
You know, I wasn't around when they did that.

What were you around for?
Uh, not much.

How would you survive if you were stranded in the city?
Oh, easy. There's nice people here, and a lot more of 'em.

What do you do when you come to New York?
Well, we eat good food in good restaurants. You've got the best food in the world here. And I visit friends that mean a whole lot to me. You know, we live on a ranch in a small Wyoming town. We don't live on Mars.

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