Here’s the thing about our June/July cover story on Josh Brolin: sometimes you can’t get all the great lines in a piece, especially when that piece has a specific gist (the gist, in this case, is that Josh Brolin’s genetic material has determined his destiny, though he is struggling, as man does against fate, to define it for himself). But over the course of the day and a few hours I spent with him, he said many more interesting things. Some of these were about Lindsay Lohan. Some of them were about his wedding, in 2004, to Diane Lane. Herewith, the best lines that didn’t make it in.
On Thievery, The Goonies, and Paying It Forward
“I was never a good thief when I was a kid, but I grew up with a lot of guys that did that kind of shit, and I stole a little, too. It was easy stuff: sneaking around back from the liquor store and stealing booze. When I got paid from doing The Goonies—which wasn’t a lot of money but it was to me at the time—I went back to all the people and stores I stole from and handed them some cash. I went to that liquor store and paid back the clerk. He probably just pocketed it—it didn’t matter. It was a redemptive thing because I always felt like it was going to bite me in the ass, and I wanted to try and minimize that as much as possible.”
On Shooting at Paparazzi with Shotguns
“When Diane and I got married, a publicist said, ‘I think there should be security for you guys.’ My belief is that the more you use, the more you ask for an influx of unwanted people. So Diane and I were talking about it and I said, ‘I really don’t want to do that, but if it’s a necessity, I will.’ I couldn’t picture guys talking into their sleeves at the ranch during the wedding. But I had another idea. I know a couple of cowboys that could get on horseback and walk the perimeter of the area of the ranch while we were getting married and look out for any unwanted people. They all had shotguns filled with salt shot. So I called the sheriff because I didn’t want to do anything too illegal. I told him that in a couple of weeks I was going to get married. He said, ‘Yeah, I know what you’re doin’.’ We had kept it so secret, so I don’t know how he knew. I said, ‘Oh, okay, good. So if any of these people come up and try and take pictures, how do you feel if Clint or Rick or those guys shoot at these people if they’re on the property?’ There was the longest pause I’ve ever experienced, and then he said, ‘It’s deer season. I don’t give a shit what you do.’”
On Lindsay Lohan and Negative Attention
“I don’t know how Lindsay Lohan does it. If anything, she has the gift of some massive denial system or a foundation that’s just unbreakable because it’s just constant. Apparently she likes it. She keeps putting herself out there.”