Seth MacFarlane Sounds Off
The outspoken Family Guy creator has amassed a legion of loyal fans and almost as many mortal enemies—and he has a hundred million reasons to keep the fart jokes coming.
By Amy Wallace
August 2010 Details magazine
Details: Thanks to a $100 million deal with FOX, you’re the highest-paid writer-producer on TV. How has life changed? Seth MacFarlane: I have the same job. I go to the same place every day and work with the same people. I bought a new house. I have a car that I like—an Aston Martin—for Sunday drives in the country. I bought a piece of a plane so I could avoid the airports. But look, I’ll still go through the Burger King drive-thru.
Details: Whopper? Seth MacFarlane: Well, Whopper Jr. these days, now that I’m in my thirties.
Details: Are women just crawling out of the woodwork? Seth MacFarlane: Believe it or not, I have about the same success rate as anyone else. Sometimes you hit, sometimes you miss. When you’re dealing with women of substance and quality, success in Hollywood can be something you’re actually fighting a perception of. Without naming names, there are certainly a lot of people who do what I do who have taken enough hedonistic advantage of their position as to put a negative stigma on the job. If you’re a producer, you’re somebody to check into.
Details: A player. Seth MacFarlane: Exactly. I tried that for a little while. It’s somewhat dissatisfying. With the sort of woman who’s worth spending a significant amount of your time with, you do oftentimes have to press a little bit to insist that they get to know you.
Details: To prove you’re not a cad? Seth MacFarlane: A douche. I don’t own one wool knit cap, though, so I think I’ve got that going for me. Click to continue »