If you’ll indulge me another Parks question: There’s a long history of TV shows where the couple gets married, and then they become kinda boring. What sort of new directions do you see Ben and Leslie going in, this season and beyond?
Scott: I think that relationship is unique in that they were committed to each other from the start, from the very first inklings of romance between Ben and Leslie, and I think the two characters are very different and complement each other really well. So the will-they-or-won’t-they was never really — for a little while, before we had our first kiss, but that was already three seasons ago — so it was never really a huge factor in what made the relationship interesting. If it was, then yeah, we’d be in trouble, but I don’t think it was ever written that way, so the relationship continues to be as fun and romantic and interesting and funny as it always was.
Now, Ben is an A.C.O.D. You’ve played a couples others as well. What is it about these kinds of character that you attach to?
Scott: I really like the fact that the movie starts with Carter being completely in control of his life — not only his life, but the lives of those around him. He kind of keeps everyone close, yet at an arm’s distance. He has a perfect job, a perfect girlfriend — it feels like he has everything wired. He’s the grown-up. And then slowly, over the course of the movie, you see him sort of turn into a kid again and unravel a bit. I thought it was just an interesting construction for a character, for a movie, because usually it’s the other way around. You see someone grow up.
Are your parents —
Scott: Yeah. We [he and Zicherman] are both A.C.O.D.s.
So am I. I have to tell you, it felt very true to the experience. And Ben [Karlin, the co-writer] as well?
Zicherman: Ben’s one as well, yeah.
So a lot of this stuff comes straight out of your own experiences and memories?
Zicherman: Yes, Ben and I have known each other our whole lives. We both went through each other’s parents’ divorce, because our parents were friends growing up, and yeah. It’s not hard — you throw a stick and you hit an A.C.O.D. What’s always been fun for me about this movie is when you start talking to people about — like, we grew up on movies like Kramer vs. Kramer that were very sad and tragic, and my parents’ divorce was that, but also funny and weird and irreverent, and taking the license to laugh at it and getting an audience — like, last night I did a Q&A for 200 people, people were just so happy that they have the opportunity to laugh at the subject. And it just opens them up to talk about it. We found that in writing it. We hear people telling stories all the time, and we’re like, “Oh, we have to use that.”
Last question: Where are you at on the Party Down movie?
Scott: Oh, ah, nowhere.
Scott: Yeah. I mean, I don’t know if it ever was anywhere, but I don’t know if it’s a great idea to make movies from television shows, personally.
Why is that?
Scott: Has there ever been a good one?
Scott: MacGruber! I think things that are in a 22-25 minute format work really well in that format for a reason, and when you apply a three-act, 90-minute structure to it, sometimes it kind of takes the air out of the tire a little bit.
Zicherman: I would go see that movie.
I would totally go see that movie.
Scott: So would I!
A.C.O.D. is out today in limited release.