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RB: So why did you decide not to write a funny book?

DW: Just for a challenge. I've done television. I have two shows in syndication. I've done movies. I've written films. The other thing is I love writing. I write every day. I keep a journal, so I think to myself, "What could I do 10, 15 years from now when I'm too old to be in front of a camera, or I'm too vain and don't want my wrinkles showing or my stomach is poking out?" Those kind of things deter an actor from wanting to be in front of a camera, but what I love about writing is I can go anywhere in the world and write. I'm free to live life and be creative.

RB: What was the best thing about writing Red Hats?

DW: The end! This kind of story I could keep going on. It doesn't have to end, because the characters merge and the stories continue. I hope to write a few more of the books.

RB: Do you have anything left on your list? You've done fiction, you've done nonfiction, you've done TV and movies. What's left?

DW: Sci-fi. I wrote a sci-fi movie, and I just got feedback from it. They said: "It's not funny enough for Damon. We like it; it's great writing, but it's not funny enough." That's why I'm hoping Red Hats is successful, so that people can not associate me with funny.

RB: Is it scary for you? To do the serious stuff?

DW: Oh no, no. The serious is fun. I love drama. I think that most comedians love the drama—they're just afraid of the silence.

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