SI: How big a
baseball fan are you--really?
Macy: I get
interested in the playoffs. My biggest connection to baseball is I used to live
in Wrigleyville. I had a house on Waveland Avenue.
SI: So do you
root for the Cubs?
Macy: I'm a Cubs
fan, and I probably always will be. I think there's something about all the
losers I've played in my career that makes me believe that the Cubs sooner or
later will win the Series.
SI: What's your
Macy: My sport
would be boxing. I love watching boxing, and I've taken lessons.
SI: You must have
a favorite fighter.
Macy: I got to
meet Muhammad Ali at Elton John's Oscar party, and it was one of the rare times
that my skin tingled. I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience. I got
about three or four minutes with him, and it was mostly a monologue. I just
told him how much he meant in my life.
SI: At Goddard
College you studied acting under David Mamet. Did he have any Lombardi in him
as a professor?
Macy: He was Bill
Parcells. As tough as can be. You could not be late. Five minutes early was
late. He'd close the door at five of 10 and say, "If you think you can walk
into class at 10 o'clock and be ready to act, you have your head up your
ass." He was tough as nails, and, boy, am I lucky. He gave us a work ethic
that is not common in this business.