Who better than Lou Grant to tell it like it is? Ed Asner is a long-time actor, best known for his role on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Later, he was still Lou Grant on the eponymous Lou Grant. He won Emmys for both shows. That's amidst a long and storied stage and film career. And outspoken does not begin to describe Asner.
Asner is angry that, as an old man, there are so few acting opportunities for him. "There are not many leading man roles, not many fight films, not many villains" that he'd be suitable for. The grandpa is about all that's left.
When asked about the vagaries of aging, he admits to the physical encumbrances. But Asner thinks he's gotten better as an actor with age. "I don't leap tall buildings like I used to." But there's also an upside: "Cooling the fires of lust is a great advantage."
Most recently, Asner was a recurring guest star on the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Nearing 80, Asner remains impassioned in his causes. He served two terms as the president of the Screen Actors Guild, was the spokesman for the 2004 Racism Watch, and is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Asner has worked as a cabbie and a metal worker, among other things. "I was terrible at those things," he says. "Acting is the only job I took pride in and still do."