Well, I enjoy it. I like it. Its fulfilling to me. I dont write songs. Ive got some great guys in Nashville that are letting me have some of their best songs. I got a record deal, actually. I went back there about three months ago and met with this company called Broken Bow. They offered me a deal so were making a record. Its going to be really low-key and under the radar, but my dream is to like open for somebody and play 25 minutes a night, and thats it. 20-25 minutes, Im kind of done. I dont really enjoy playing much more than that.
Getting back to acting, did you ever think youd be where you are at this point?
No. This is a strange, great trip, but no. I thought my life would just be like everyone elses. Id be able to walk around this planet and nobody would pay much attention. Its kind of changed.
Youve gotten some really weird parts where things have just worked in your favor like My Big Fat Greek Wedding. How does that feel?
You know, I dont know. I dont know how to describe it. I was making a movie in Toronto called Serendipity and they sent me a script called My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I read it and loved it and said, Hey, theyre coming here. When can I meet these people? The movies gone. They offered it to somebody else. Oh man, really? So I go down to the bar and I was flying back to LA the next day. It was about 10 oclock at night, the crew just wrapped and I had the day off. So Im sitting there at the bar talking and theyre saying things like, So whats your next project? What have you got going on? Nothing man. I said, I just read the funniest script called My Big Fat Greek Wedding As soon as I said that, I get a little elbow in my right side. And I turned and it was Nia [Vardalos]. She said, Hey youre John Corbett. I said, Yeah. She said, Did you say My Big Fat Greek Wedding? I said, Yeah. She said, Thats my script. I said, F***! You wrote that script? 10 minutes later she offered me the job. They had come to Toronto and didnt have their leading man yet. She was hoping to find him in Toronto. She just didnt find anybody in Los Angeles that she wanted to play the role, and they were shooting in four days.
You bring a lot of charm to the different roles you play. Do you think thats hard to put onscreen, to just be yourself? Is it really acting?
Its a little of both. You have to do it over and over and over. You know, you do that one scene for four hours so you have to recreate it every time. And the cameras got film in it. They say, Action, and they clap the board, and you know that things moving so you want to try to be interesting on some level and have some kind of charisma (laughing). So you know, you have to manufacture it a little bit. But its easy to me. I know what the scenes about and I know how charming or not charming I want to be in any scene.
Are you ready to have a family?
How about marriage?
Im not opposed to it, but Im not close to it. Ive never been married. Yeah, so I dont think Ill be getting married or I probably wont ever have kids.
Is it a commitment issue or is it not important to you?
I just think you should get married if you want to have some kids. And if you dont I dont really feel the need I have somebody in my life for the last three years, so theres a commitment there. We live together.
Do you think its ironic that youve become sort of the ideal leading man to a lot of women, based on some of the roles youve had?
Yeah. Yeah, I do. Im always sort of blown away when they want me to play that guy, but Im so f***ing bored of that. I dont really want to do that anymore.
What do you want to do?
I want to sing. I want to play my music and go down that road. Its getting harder and harder to be on a movie set and to be there all day long. Im 43 now, and Ive been doing this for I dont know 20 years almost and its just not that fulfilling to be on a movie set all day long.
Is it a waste of time?
The moneys fantastic. Its not a waste of time because they only ask me to be there for five or six weeks and then they give me, literally, a wheelbarrow full of money. I mean, the kind of money that would take me 10 years to earn if I had a regular job. So its impossible to say no, you know?
What about television?
No, Im done. Im done with television.
Do you think that working less is becoming a trend with actors? Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow have both mentioned it recently.
I never really thought about it and I dont care about anybody else but its a good plan. Ive been stocking my nuts away like a squirrel for 15 years. I dont have kids, I dont have a wife. I own my own house. I dont owe anybody for it so I put my nuts away. I really made a commitment to myself to just do what I like to do and want to do, and not to do anything. Im not even going to give six weeks away for money anymore, you know?