If it’s funny, Rob Riggle’s probably been involved with it. Since coming to prominence as a Daily Show correspondent, the man’s credits include everything from Arrested Development to The Hangover to The Other Guys, as well as a small role in the new Tom Hanks movie, Larry Crowne (in theaters next week). Oh, and he’s a decorated Marine who served in Afghanistan, too. Get some advice from the world’s funniest badass here.
MADE MAN: What item do you never leave home without, and why?
RR: Cell phone. Wish there was something sexier. I always do the pat down. You do the pat down? I check my back pocket to make sure I got my wallet and my front pocket to make sure I got my phone. That’s when the OCD kicks in. You start going through all your patterns: front pocket, back pocket, lock door.
MM: What’s your drink of choice after a tough day at work?
RR: Depends on how tough the day was. Generally beer. Domestic is usually the only criteria; I always like Budweiser. I used to be a bourbon drinker. Now I’m enjoying some vodka. There was a time for about a year after I saw The Big Lebowski when I was drinking White Russians. I would say…a beer is always the first drink I have after a tough day, let me put it that way.
MM: What grooming, style or fitness thing can a guy do in the morning to look good all day?
RR: The best thing you can do is sweat. It makes your skin look great, you feel better, and generally you have a better day. If you’re hung over, you gotta go sauna. You gotta go purge that out. But if you’re not hung over, sweat the old-fashioned way. Go run, bike, exercise. Just sweat.
MM: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about women, and who gave it to you?
RR: No one has ever given me advice on women and I probably could have used so much. I was faking it for a long time. When I was single and trying to meet women, I didn’t know what I was doing. I was particularly awkward in bar situations. I finally figured out to stop trying to dazzle and impress and lie and I just went up and introduced myself and asked them their name and started a polite conversation. Generally that worked. I always just felt like I wasn’t good enough, so I’d say, “I’m a doctor.” Or “I fly with the Blue Angels.” Some crazy thing. Then I realized, “Oh, screw it.” Just start a conversation. That’s so much easier than trying to play some tool pickup game.
MM: What did the Marines teach you about being a better man?
RR: So much. Self-discipline. Responsibility. Those are the biggies.
MM: What did the movie Larry Crowne teach you about being a better man?
RR: Nothing as far as my character goes. In life, I got to work with Tom Hanks, and that was a pretty big deal. It made me want to be a better actor. To actually be in a scene and acting with Tom Hanks in a movie was surreal, then to have him be the director as well and come over and say, “OK, that was great. Let’s do another take. You want to try this?” Best of both worlds.
MM: You’ve appeared in a number of classic comedies. Which would you actually put on if you need a laugh?
RR: Of the work that I’ve done? Probably Step Brothers. I enjoyed shooting that and I enjoy watching that. It was fun to see the final product because we did so much improvising. The takes that they actually used in the film, for the four takes before that we couldn’t keep a straight face. Remembering all that went on around it makes it fun too.
MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
RR: I probably ought to say something about AXE Dirtcathlon. [Note: That’s his web series for AXE body spray, with a few rather fetching dirtcathletes, at axe.atom.com.]
MM: If you could incorporate them into your parting words of wisdom, that would be extraordinary.
RR: Talking about the ladies, one thing that definitely helps is if you smell good and are properly showered. I think that’s a good thing. And speaking of that, hey—segue…
RR: Thank you, thank you.