[May 2005] How Steve Martin transitioned from comedy to writing, and how celebrity affected his day-to-day life:

SM: You know, there’s a moment when you’re famous when it’s unbearable to go out because you’re too famous. And then there’s a moment when you’re famous just right. [Laughs] And then there’s kind of a respect or distance or something, but you have a little bit more grease.

BLVR: When did the “just right” occur for you?

SM: I would say mid-eighties. There’s a kind of heat fever that just dissipates. You’re not someone who’s constantly being followed.

“Interview: Steve Martin.” — Meghan Daum, The Believer (May 2005)

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