Ed Begley, Jr. is a delight, on screen and off. Summon a performance of his to mind—A Mighty Wind, Arrested Development, Pineapple Express, Better Call Saul, Batman freakin’ Forever, the list goes on—and odds are, your day just improved a little. An actor who somehow combines absurdity, gentleness, a world-class deadpan, and unbeatable timing with a knack for keeping even the silliest performances in the realm of the real, Begley has been a mainstay of comedic ensembles (and the odd drama, like Six Feet Under) for decades. If I didn’t have to write a second paragraph in this intro, I’d go watch one of his scenes in Pineapple Express right now.
Aw hell, let’s do it anyway.
Now he’s returned to TV as a part of the cast of ABC’s Bless This Mess, and he (along with Pam Grier, a potential love interest!) is the standout. For more about that particular show, and for another important perspective on the issue of the age, click below for a brief conversation with his co-star.
In short, I love Ed Begley, Jr., and so I asked him if a hot dog is a sandwich.
The Takeout: Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Ed Begley, Jr.: That’s a good question! Let me think.
TO: By all means.
[A brief pause. He really thinks.]
EBJ: A hot dog—a veggie dog, for me—is a sandwich because it’s a meal and it’s between two pieces of bread. Yes. I say, a hot dog is a sandwich.
TO: And whether those two pieces of bread are linked or not doesn’t matter?
EBJ: That’s interesting. No, I think if you’ve got something between two pieces of bread, linked or not, it’s a sandwich. Maybe you could call it a pita. In that case, I’m not sure.
TO: So, maybe a pita, maybe a sandwich.