Tim Jenison from Tim's Vermeer
"I'm the busiest human being on earth," says Teller, and that is startling whether it's true or not. You don't expect anything -- let alone such bold assertions -- from someone who rarely speaks on camera, a man who has built his reputation as the soundless, mysterious half of the Penn & Teller magic act.
Behind the scenes, in an interview with L.A. Weekly, Teller barely stops talking. With the number of fresh projects he's been juggling this year, silence is not a luxury he can afford to keep.
In addition to his popular show with Penn Jillette, which he still performs about five times a week in Las Vegas, he's directed the new documentary Tim's Vermeer, opening in February, and the magic show Play Dead, which is running at the Geffen Playhouse through Dec. 15.
In person, Teller is a natural storyteller, and a wickedly sarcastic one at that. He acknowledges the irony of speaking to a reporter: "I've been known to speak offstage, yes," he deadpans. "But for you I imagine it's as if your armchair started to talk, so I understand the novelty."More »