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EM: I definitely agree with that. That's part of the media world now. You have to be able to create some controversy and make headlines. Overly praising someone is not as interesting. It's like, "All right, that's fine—now give me the gossip."
DP: Who was your inspiration for your role as a cop in the commercial?
EM: Tom Selleck is always an inspiration, even without the mustache. I think I've always been envious of people who could grow that thick mustache and pull it off.
DP: Peyton looks like he's sporting a mullet in the ad.
EM: That was natural. Had some downtime this off-season. He's still all business obviously. But he's got a little party in the back.
DP: Is Peyton directing everybody at these shoots?
EM: He'll state his mind if he doesn't agree with something. He tries to do it in somewhat of a nice way. He'll tell the guy, "Sir, I'm telling you that's not funny. If you want me to say it, I will. But I think I have some better ideas." He's done enough commercials. He's been on Saturday Night Live. He has a good eye for humor.
DP: Growing up, did Peyton have NFL sheets on his bed?
EM: No. I think he just had game films. He'd be watching the Cleveland defense from 1976. He and Cooper in car rides would be in the backseat playing the numbers game: number 34 ... and name every single player back and forth [with that number]. Bo Jackson ... whoever couldn't name a number 34 lost. And they'd go to a new number.
DP: They just left you out of it?