TWoP: I don't know how new it is. I looked at your Wikipedia entry for the first time today.
Greg: According to Wikipedia, I'm a Scientologist. So, you know, it's fantastic. The priests I went to Sunday school with are probably curious about that.
TWoP: How much of your own personal philosophy is reflected in Earl's personal philosophy? Little, or none, or is it...
Greg: I think that a lot of my personal philosophy, as far as my belief in karma. I mean I really truly believe -- but I think you'd be hard-pressed to find somebody that doesn't -- that if you do good things, good things will happen to you. And I think whether you just want to believe it in the common sense that if you work hard, and you be nice to people, then things are going to be nice to you, and you're going to get rewarded for working hard and what have you. But, you know, I'll go so far as that -- and some people will call it god, and whatever they want to call it -- but I also believe that yes, that spiritually, yeah, if you do good things, then probably you get rewarded. Somehow. Somewhere, something is pulling strings to make that happen. Now, is that true? I have no proof of it. Is it true? I don't know, but I'd like to believe it's true.
TWoP: How about the musical tastes? How much does the show reflect your musical taste? I've often wondered how much the show spends on musical licensing, because the soundtrack is pretty phenomenal.
Greg: The soundtrack is phenomenal, and we're very lucky that NBC and 20th Century Fox realized right after the pilot that music is an important part of the show, so they gave us a nice generous music budget. You know, the pilot we just jam-packed with songs because you don't have to pay for it in the pilot, until it airs, so we just jam-packed it with songs, and basically every song was from my iPod, so it's exactly my musical taste. And, you know, our editors now certainly know the kind of songs that I like, and it's always a combination of songs that they put in where it's either songs, you know, it's like classic rock songs that just feel exactly right for the moment, or it's a song that maybe you heard a long time ago but you haven't heard. Or it's, you know, they've put brand-new songs in there, but they know that they're the kind of songs that I like, and I'll hear 'em for the first time, sometimes through the editors. I remember a Los Lobos song in one episode I'd never heard before, you know, and it quickly became one of my favorite songs. So they do a really good job, and I often assist them. For me, it's the most fun part of the entire process.