10 Questions with Josh Brolin

Josh flashing the grille-work. (Photo courtesy of Toyota Motorsports)
He's critically-acclaimed in film, theatre and TV. People magazine selected him as one of the most beautiful people in the world. He's engaged to Minnie Driver, and he's good at everything. We wish we could hate Josh Brolin, but forget it--he's good at being likable, too, damn it.

And being good at everything, Josh is the returning Pro/Celebrity champion from the 2000 race. In fact, Josh plans to race professionally now, when he has the time to do it. It might be in his genes -- he's the son of 1978 Pro/Celebrity champion James Brolin.

Josh also got the acting gene from his dad, too. He took acting classes in high school (which of course he was great at), and made his feature film debut at age 16 in The Goonies. From there he's gone from teen hunk to serious actor. Josh isn't afraid of any acting role -- he's played a teen cowboy heartthrob on TV's The Young Riders, sucked armpits in the independent film Flirting With Disaster, and even starred on Broadway in Sam Shepard's True West.

"I covered my face here because they had just taken my wisdom teeth out."
When he's not busy winning car races and filming movies and dating Minnie and being great at everything, Brolin lives on a ranch in California with his two children.

Josh returned to Long Beach, California, to defend his 2000 title in the Toyota Pro/Celebrity race of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in a 10-lap sprint to raise money for charity. SportsHollywood caught up with him at the celebrity practice at Willow Springs raceway in California on March 10, and asked a few questions.


2000 race
Brolin at the 2000 race. (Photo courtesy of Toyota Motorsports)
SportsHollywood: What's the fastest you've ever driven outside of a race?

BROLIN: Outside of a race? I rode with my old man, who used to race. We did 160. That was at Ontario. (Laughs) I'm not going to say how fast I drive outside a race. Are you insane? Then one kid will read this and say, "If he can do it I can do it!"

SportsHollywood: What kind of car do you drive every day?

BROLIN: Grand Cherokee.

SportsHollywood: Are you going to do any more car racing?

BROLIN: Definitely. I was invited to a couple of races, but I was doing a play in New York. I gotta make money -- it all tends to disappear in this field. But I definitely will race again. Maybe do Le Mans!

SportsHollywood: So you became interested in racing through your father?

BROLIN: I was just around all my life. My dad started in this race, then he did a lot of off-road and a lot of road racing... and he was good


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SportsHollywood: William Shatner raced against your dad here, right?

BROLIN: I know. I tried to ask him about it and he just said, "I did?" I think he was on something. Then he mentioned something about transport, like "Beam me up, Scotty," and I tried to joke about it, but he didn't find it funny. Maybe I was talking to the alternate-universe Kirk.

SportsHollywood: Which is a bigger dream-come-true: Becoming a famous actor or being able to drive over 20 mph on a street in Southern California?

BROLIN: 20 miles an hour -- definitely!

SportsHollywood: How many speeding tickets have you gotten in the last year?

BROLIN: Oh man... how about the last week and a half? Seriously, I'm not kidding. Three in the last week and a half.

SportsHollywood: Which is scarier: Going 100 mph on a track or going 5 MPH on the 405 freeway with all the drive-by's?

BROLIN: Definiitely five miles an hour on the freeway.

SportsHollywood: Rate the competition here: Who are your biggest threats?

BROLIN: Dara Torres is a really talented driver and a competitor. She's awesome. I have a long way to catch up, too. I have to start with the pros this year, about 20 seconds back.

SportsHollywood: If Piper Perabo crowds you, do you feel any pangs of remorse if you drive her into a ditch at 100 mph?

BROLIN: She's learning the stick, man! She's the one person I won't pass!

SportsHollywood: Do you call Barbra Streisand "mom?"

BROLIN: (Expletive toward the author deleted).

SportsHollywood: Favorite racing movie?

BROLIN: Well it's not technically a racing movie, but Bullet and French Connection. Awesome chase scenes. That's why I race now.

Josh & Minnie
SportsHollywood: Minnie Driver is your main squeeze. She's hit TWO of my friends in parking lots with her car. You're obviously good at driving. Are you going to give her any lessons?

BROLIN: Dude. She grew up in England man. You're lucky she's in the right lane. Actually she should race! She'd be good -- she'd be all over the place.

SportsHollywood: How do you go to the bathroom in a racing suit?

BROLIN: (Laughing) It's funny you mentioned that. They put this ID bracelet on me this morning over my sleeve and I can't get my suit off! I'm in the porta-poddy with alkl the clothes bunched up on my wrist trying to... never mind -- I can't believe I just told you that.

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Interview by Dan Mahin and Jeff Hause

Josh Josh Brolin: Actor
Films: Slow Burn (2001), Picnic (2000), Hollow Man (2000), Best Laid Plans (1999), All the Rage (1999), The Mod Squad (1998), Nightwatch (1997), Mimic (1997), My Brother's War (1997), Flirting With Disaster (1996), Gang in Blue (1996), Bed of Roses (1996), The Road Killers (1994), Finish Line (1989), Thrashin' (1986), The Goonies (1985)
TV: 21 Jump Street (1987), Private Eye (1987), Young Riders (1989), Winnetka Road (1994), The Outer Limits (1995)

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