The 'most interesting man in the world' is on Reddit
Jonathan Goldsmith has had a most interesting career. The veteran actor has appeared in films and television for a half century. However, nothing has put him on the map like Dos Equis, the Mexican beer label owned by Heineken (HEIA).
Goldsmith plays "The Most Interesting Man in the World," a man so unbelievably gifted that a scientific analysis reveals he can outkill Chuck Norris.
But there's so much we don't know about the myth, the man, the actor. Goldsmith has lived on a boat, he's saved two lives—one in the mountains, one at the ocean—and he publicly backed Barack Obama during the last presidential election. But what about the beard? What does he drive? Do cops let him get out of tickets?
Thursday the actor opened himself up to questions during one of Reddit.com's famous "AMA" sessions (Ask Me Anything). Goldsmith participated in the event to raise awareness and money for Clear Path International and Mines Advisory Group, organizations working to remove dangerous land mines and bombs in Vietnam left over from the war.
Reddit's AMAs are one of those rare forums where almost anything goes. Goldsmith's answers, and the follow-up comments from fans, make for one of the most interesting reads of the day.
Q: What is your favorite "Most interesting man in the world" fact?
Goldsmith: He once warned a psychic.
Q: The Most Interesting Man in the World seems like one of those jobs where no one has anything bad to say about it...Is there a downside to it?
Goldsmith: I have recurring nightmares that my beard will catch fire. (At which point another Redditor suggests Goldsmith avoid making commercials for Pepsi.)
Q: Teach me how to Beard like you! It's magnificently vigorous!
Goldsmith: Anoint with stardust, rose petals, and weasel droppings.
Q: What kind of cars do you have?
Goldsmith: 1994 Jeep. (Another reader added: "And with that, the sales of 1994 Jeeps skyrocket.")
Q: Do you get free Dos Equis for life?
Goldsmith: I hope so.
Q: What kind of ice cream is your favorite?
Goldsmith: I don't favor ice cream, but when I do it's coffee.
Q: Do cops let you off the hook when you get pulled over???
Goldsmith: I wouldn't want to get anyone in trouble, but it is helpful. (That was followed by a Redditor commenting, "Do you know how interesting you were driving back there?")
As you can see, the real comedy on Reddit comes from the fans. After Goldsmith recognized his good fortune in landing the Dos Equis gig, he added, "Listen closely and you will hear the sound of knocking wood." That was followed by Redditor comments like:
"A rich Mahogany no doubt."
"With many leather bound books."
"A warm brandy on the side."
"Lounge music trilling softly from a nearby record player."
After Goldsmith says one of the perks of being famous is that he gets better tables at restaurants, Redditors added:
"By 'better tables' he means they literally bring a new table into the restaurant."
"They immediately chop down the nearest tree and construct a table out of that."
There was a hilarious debate over whether Goldsmith appeared in an episode of Star Trek in 1966. Goldsmith says he doesn't think so, but his recollection may be "dubious," at which point a Redditor chimed in, "I don't always play B roles in television programs, but when I do I sometimes forget it."
My favorite response, however, was after Goldsmith said his mother would have been proud of his success. A Redditor replied with one of the best lines of the Dos Equis campaign: "His mother has a tattoo that says, 'Son'."
Finally, who wouldn't want to be TMIMITW?
Q: What event/moment made you realize that the commercial you made was something special?
Goldsmith: When I was recognized by a 7 year old in a Mexican restaurant as what he wanted to be when he grew up, and a week later in NYC being knighted with an old man's cane on a bus. He was in his eighties and he said "Sonny when I come back, I want to be you."
—By CNBC's Jane Wells; Follow her on Twitter: @janewells