T.J. Miller thinks "it's more important to be polarizing than neutralizing."
Well, mission accomplished.
During a recent interview with Vulture, the "Emoji Movie" star -- who recently quit hit HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley" -- said he believes "people need a villain" and that he's "occupying that space."
His first victim? Women.
"They’re taught to suppress their sense of humor during their formative years," Miller told Vulture. "Women want to be treated as equals, and we want feminism to be a thing, but it's really difficult when every woman makes the same point about her vagina, over and over. I think shock value works well for women, but beyond that, there's no substance. I want to see what else there is with such complex, smart creatures."
Here are seven more WTF comments from the actor, who apparently aspires to fill the messy void that Lindsay Lohan once filled.
Miller also spoke poorly of 'Silicon Valley' showrunner Alec Berg in a June interview with The Hollywood Reporter. How come?
"After the election, I realized that there was a gap. Nobody right now is publicly the Lindsay Lohan–train wreck–but–not–quite person. If I’d just said it was an honor to work on 'Silicon Valley' and was thankful to Alec Berg, I would have disappeared. Instead, by being just a little authentic, I infected the news cycle. It’s more important to be polarizing than neutralizing. That’s my position."
He talked trash on Louis C.K.
"He doesn’t say anything surprising anymore."
He's super ungrateful for all of the opportunities Hollywood has given him.
"I know it’s hard for people to understand, but I don’t really care about movies or TV. Stand-up is always going to be the foundation of what I do. If Hollywood fired me tomorrow, I would be like, 'Finally, I can relax.'"
So why doesn't he just quit the biz?
"Contradiction is something to pursue rather than avoid."
What exactly does he hope to accomplish then?
"My goal is to distract people from the tragedy of the impermanence of everyday life. And I can do that best by oversaturating the market. Statistically, I give people a better chance of laughing if I do film, stand-up, improv, podcasts, TV, advertising than if I just say 'What’s a bigger TV show I can be on?' I’m not making things for wannabe intellectual hipsters complaining on Reddit. I’m doing 'The Emoji Movie' and 'Deadpool 2' for people en masse."
"In the American Zeitgeist, you have to recognize that there is no Zeitgeist."
He thinks moderation is for sissies.
"There’s no point in moderation. Every American’s job in this capitalist society is to consume content. If nothing means anything, then anything can mean everything."
He was a total D-bag to his interviewer.
In the middle of his interview, Miller interrupted Vulture reporter David Marchese. "Where are you from?" he asked. As Marchese answered, Miller interrupted again: "That was a trick. If you ask somebody about themself in the middle of them asking about you, then they’re flattered and ask you nicer questions during the interview."
A while later, Miller interrupted again: "Do you think you’re good at your job?" Marchesa said he didn't think he was great at it, and Miller replied: "I agree. That was another trick. By my asking that, you thought, 'Is he playing a trick right now?' And that made you feel like you were ahead of the game."
"I wish we were doing the interview in a bar and not a gravel pit." Marchese then suggested switching locations, to which Miller said, "No, you don’t seem like the kind of guy who knows where the bars are."
He's not a fan of his fans.
When the interview was over, Miller and Marchese walked out of the building together. A fan spotted Miller and said, "Erlich!"
"That’s why I had to quit 'Silicon Valley,'" Miller said.