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  • - I don't know.

  • I really don't know what other people think

  • other than people would be saying I'm weird and [beep].

  • So maybe I might be marked for my imagination.

  • [melancholy instrumental music]

  • - [Interviewer] LaKeith, you are about to take

  • "Vanity Fair's" Proust questionnaire.

  • You will be asked 35 questions in rapid succession

  • in order to reveal your true nature.

  • Once a question has been read out,

  • you will have five seconds to answer before we move on.

  • Once we have completed all 35 questions,

  • you'll have a chance to reflect on

  • and even correct your answers.

  • If you understand and are ready,

  • please look into that camera and we will begin.

  • - All right. Let's go.

  • [melancholy instrumental music]

  • - [Interviewer] What is your idea of perfect happiness?

  • - I don't think that happiness can be perfect.

  • I think you need all the other things

  • in order for happiness to be a part of the equation.

  • - [Interviewer] What is your greatest fear?

  • - Suffering.

  • - [Interviewer] What is the trait

  • you most deplore in yourself?

  • - I'm very impulsive so I don't really like the fact

  • that I'm so impulsive, but it's also a gift.

  • - [Interviewer] What is the trait

  • you most deplore in others?

  • - Lying.

  • - [Interviewer] Which living person do you most admire?

  • - My mom.

  • - [Interviewer] What is your greatest extravagance?

  • - What does that mean? Extravagance.

  • I love jewelry.

  • - [Interviewer] What is your current state of mind?

  • - Stressed.

  • - [Interviewer] What do you consider

  • the most overrated virtue?

  • - Skin tone.

  • - [Interviewer] On what occasion do you lie?

  • - All the time. No, I'm just kidding.

  • No. [laughs]

  • When I'm acting, I guess. I don't know.

  • - [Interviewer] What do you most dislike

  • about your appearance?

  • - My beard's uneven.

  • - [Interviewer] Which living person do you most despise?

  • - I don't really despise anyone.

  • - [Interviewer] What is the quality you most like in a man?

  • - Honesty.

  • - [Interviewer] What is the quality

  • you most like in a woman?

  • - Honesty.

  • - [Interviewer] Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

  • - Uh, [beep].

  • - [Interviewer] What or who is the greatest love

  • of your life?

  • - My daughter.

  • - [Interviewer] When and where were you happiest?

  • - Probably when I was growing up in San Bernardino.

  • - [Interviewer] Which talent would you most like to have?

  • - Be able to sing.

  • - [Interviewer] If you could change one thing about yourself

  • what would it be?

  • - Nothing.

  • - [Interviewer] What do you consider

  • your greatest achievement?

  • - Being able to act.

  • - [Interviewer] If you were to die and come back

  • as a person or a thing, what would it be?

  • - I'd come back as Zoom, the app.

  • - [Interviewer] Where would you most like to live?

  • - Kyoto, Japan.

  • - [Interviewer] What is your most treasured possession?

  • - I got a necklace from my brother who died.

  • That's my favorite treasure right now.

  • - [Interviewer] What do you regard

  • as the lowest depth of misery?

  • - Poverty and addiction.

  • - What is your favorite occupation?

  • - Therapist.

  • - [Interviewer] What is your most marked characteristic?

  • - Most marked?

  • I'm not sure exactly what that means.

  • - [Interviewer] What do you most value in your friends?

  • - Honesty, loyalty.

  • - [Interviewer] Who are your favorite writers?

  • - Oh, that's hard.

  • I really like Ernest Hemingway.

  • Fuck, what's his name?

  • The guy who wrote "Fences."

  • Sorry, I forget his name, but he's fire.

  • And I love Tupac.

  • - [Interviewer] Who is your hero of fiction?

  • - Hero of fiction?

  • The Joker.

  • - [Interviewer] Which historical figure

  • do you most identify with?

  • - Malcolm X.

  • - [Interviewer] Who are your heroes in real life?

  • - My mom, my brothers, my sisters, my family.

  • - [Interviewer] What are your favorite names?

  • - Magnolia, and if I had a son,

  • I might have one coming soon [laughs]

  • I might name him King, or something like that.

  • Or Sonny.

  • - [Interviewer] What is it that you most dislike?

  • - It might be the government. [laughs]

  • - [Interviewer] What is your greatest regret?

  • - I don't have no regrets.

  • - [Interviewer] How would you like to die?

  • - However I'm a die.

  • - [Interviewer] What is your motto?

  • - Let me see.

  • What is my motto?

  • I don't really got one.

  • - [Interviewer] All right, that concludes

  • the Proust questionnaire.

  • - [laughs] That's gonna be the craziest

  • "Vanity Fair" interview [laughs]

  • - [Interviewer] What'd you think of those questions?

  • - They're cool. Yeah, it's cool.

  • I like it much better than a lot of this press.

  • They be asking the same question so that was cool.

  • [melancholy instrumental music]

  • - [Interviewer] You said your favorite occupation is-

  • - Therapist.

  • - [Interviewer] Why is that?

  • - When I grew up therapy was seen as something

  • that was like weird if you're doing therapy

  • or like anything that has to do with mental health,

  • but I think therapists are dope

  • 'cause they give you the opportunity

  • to communicate and reflect.

  • And it really helps people a lot.

  • You know, I know some people

  • that would have killed themselves if it wasn't for therapy.

  • So I just think it's a real cool job to just like listen

  • and be able to be like professionally help somebody

  • who might be going through something.

  • 'Cause everybody can't do that.

  • Like in my family, I might talk to people

  • but I'm not no professional

  • so I may not give them what they need.

  • But therapists do.

  • - [Interviewer] You said that-

  • - I don't think that happiness can be perfect.

  • - [Interviewer] That you need all the other things.

  • What are all the other things?

  • - Pain, misery, struggle, you know.

  • Muscles get strong when you use them, right,

  • when you work them out.

  • So I feel like struggle and all them bad things

  • make you be able to be happy, you know.

  • You don't even know what that is

  • unless you know that you could be not happy.

  • So I'll be thankful for the bad things

  • 'cause then when I'm feeling good, I'm feeling good.

  • - [Interviewer] You said the person you most admire is-

  • - My mom.

  • - [Interviewer] Why is that?

  • - I admire my mom 'cause she been through a lot,

  • and she had a lot of us and she was able to raise us,

  • you know, without very much help.

  • So I just appreciate her strength and tenacity

  • and being able to just to pull through

  • all the stuff she'd been through.

  • She'd been through like 10 times more

  • than I've been through.

  • So I really appreciate her for that.

  • And that was the first person

  • that showed me some type of love, you know?

  • Yeah, so shouts out, Mommy.

  • - [Interviewer] And speaking of your mom,

  • you said when you were happiest was when you were-

  • - Growing up in San Bernardino.

  • - [Interviewer] What about that time was so happy to you?

  • - Because I was a kid, like everything was brand new.

  • And now I might reflect back on it and be like

  • yo, this wasn't the perfect conditions to live in

  • but when you're a kid it's just fun, you know.

  • Like even all the bad stuff was just fun.

  • Like all the stuff I went through is like worth it

  • at the end of the day 'cause it just, it was cool.

  • It was just all I knew, you know.

  • And I think as you grow up

  • you gotta have so many different responsibilities

  • and things that come into the awareness.

  • When you were a kid, it's just all about playing,

  • which is why I try to keep some of the kid in me.

  • You dig, like so.

  • But that was definitely when I was the happiest

  • when I didn't know that much about the world, you know.

  • - [Interviewer] Going back

  • to your most marked characteristic.

  • - I'm not sure exactly what that means.

  • - [Interviewer] What do you think people know you most for?

  • - I don't know.

  • I really don't know what other people think,

  • other than people would be saying I'm weird and shit.

  • So I might be marked in my imagination.

  • - [Interviewer] You said your hero of fiction is-

  • - The Joker.

  • - [Interviewer] Why?

  • - I think I like the Joker

  • because the Joker makes you have to look in the mirror,

  • flip everything on its head,

  • and like make you have to laugh at everything

  • that you thought was sacred.

  • You know, he kinda like a glorified troll

  • in making people see what they have to see in themselves

  • 'cause ultimately you have to make the own decision

  • inside yourself for like who you wanna be

  • and what you wanna be.

  • But sometimes you don't know what that is

  • until somebody shows you.

  • And the Joker's just like, you know,

  • "You thought this was all so serious.

  • "Nah, that shit's funny."

  • You know what I mean? [laughs]

  • So I think that's a great trait to have and, you know,

  • and in some people's eyes, he's a villain.

  • But to me, it's kind of like hero characteristics.

  • - [Interviewer] You said the quality you most like

  • in both a woman and a man is-

  • - Honesty.

  • Yeah.

  • - [Interviewer] Have you always felt that way?

  • - Oh, I imagine it's something I always felt.

  • I mean, you know, when I was growing up,

  • the people I trusted the most did things that was crazy

  • and like, you know, made me not trust them.

  • And so I knew then that I respected honesty,

  • but it's just reinforced in my life as I grew.

  • - [Interviewer] And you said your greatest extravagance is-

  • - I love jewelry.

  • - [Interviewer] So do you have a favorite piece of jewelry

  • that comes to mind?

  • - Yeah, my brother.

  • I got my brother in a pendant who died.

  • He was killed.

  • That's probably my favorite one right now.

  • And then outside of that,

  • I got this little bust-down Cartier.

  • Oh my grand-mama

  • - [Interviewer] What about-

  • - Kyoto, Japan.

  • - [Interviewer] Makes it the place you'd most like to live?

  • - Yeah, I love Kyoto.

  • It's like feudal Japan.

  • It's really slow and just traditional.

  • Everyone does everything according to tradition,

  • and I love that, you know.

  • In Japan, wherever you go, people bow.

  • That's like a sign of respect.

  • I think it's a really cool one.

  • And a guy in Kyoto taught me how to make green tea.

  • And the first thing that he told me was not, you know,

  • get water or grab a cup.

  • He was like you sit down on your knees