Both acting and directing were tackled in 1992 with the feature film Falling From Grace, but not with any particular success.
Being a rock star has been a pain in the ass all around. I lift weights, and I run, but my exercise is not about vanity. If I'm going to afford myself the luxury of smoking, I'd better do something to offset it.
It's hard to be taken seriously because I'll always be considered a celebrity painter.
I was young, but I knew what I was doing the night I wrote "Jack & Diane." Everyone knows that song. I said, "I know you consider yourself a dangerous young man, but I'm a dangerous old man." A dangerous old man can use anger to his advantage. I've met thousands of tough guys, thousands of nice guys; they're all the same. We are put on this earth to toil and to make things.
Here's what I told my son Speck, who's always fighting everybody and fighting himself. Girls, never trust a man under 40 because he's still a boy. If you're happy all the time, something's wrong with you.
For the accompanying tour, Mellencamp admirably eschewed any corporate sponsorship (outside of his being signed to a corporate record label, of course).