Jeff said he wrote the piece for you. What do you see of yourself in that character?
“Well, I have still inside of me a lot of innocence. I’m not nearly as naïve as I used to be, thankfully, but you know they say as you grow older you grow wiser, you should know better, and you know well there’s some things that you know worse.
“There’s some things that you don’t want to [
], life teaches you some lessons that can kind of creep in and break that dream a little bit. Pragmatism does that. And all of a sudden, the avenue between here and here becomes using a one-way street from the head down.
“But when we are children, it’s from the heart up, that’s where the source is coming from. As you get older, you get more above the shoulders. You get hurt, and you don’t want to be hurt again. It’s survival, you get your heart broken and your body tells you ‘I don’t like that feeling, I don’t want that again’.
“But I still have that in me, I’ve always understood and always believed in that dream and that innocence. That even though you learn hard lessons in life, it doesn’t make that any less true, no way, never tell anyone or yourself that that is not true.
“I don’t know many people at all that have a driver’s licence or can have the sensibilities that Mud does, but Mud’s not really of this world. He’s not grounded by any means. He’s practical in the sense that he knows how to fix things and do things but as far as his heart, it’s completely youthful and innocent. So it was refreshing that, but in the end I understand that purity.
“It was really fun for me, it was a really fun four months in that heart-space and that headspace. He doesn’t compete, there’s no ego about his love, he’s not condemning her for leaving him, whether he understands her or not. I’ve always said this: Mud does fate, but he don’t do suicide. He does fate though, it’s all fate for him. Everything is a sign.”