“If you wake up and have a project, you stay alive,” he said.
For all the hats he’s worn in his long career, from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” to directing several Steve Martin movies, Reiner said he considers himself “basically an emcee,” someone who can point the audience’s eye in the right direction.
He’s still an active consumer of movies, old and new, frequently getting together with Brooks to watch them.
Like his son, director Rob Reiner, Carl Reiner remains a staunch and outspoken critic of President Trump, using his Twitter feed to weigh in regarding politics. Earlier this year he published “The Downing of Trump,” assembled from his tweets and those of others.
Asked if he’s ever tempted to tune out the news, Reiner said, “If you have to tune that out, you have to tune everything out. It means you don’t care anymore.”
Reiner said he won’t be attending the Emmys in September — “I don’t travel well,” he quipped — and sounded bemused to even be in a position to need to. In the documentary, he concludes, “If you can’t laugh, life would be pretty empty.”
Based on that criteria, Emmy or no, the latest milestone is a reminder of all that Reiner has done to ensure that everyone’s life is a little fuller.