By Dana Flax
After a (needless to say) difficult decade, Paul Reubens (best known as rosy-cheeked man-boy Pee-wee Herman) has headed back to the playhouse (finally!) for an all new stage show. Details caught up with Reubens for its latest issue (on stands Oct. 27); check out highlights from the interview below (including his pack-rat tendencies and an "I know you are, but what am I?" directed toward his haters), and then check out more at the brand new Details.com.
The word of the day? How about "anxiety?":
"I am constantly hoping that, like, I'm still relevant at all."
Pee-wee Herman to headline a USO tour? Wouldn't count on it:
"When I was a kid, I'd always watch Bob Hope and go, like, 'I know he must've been funny, but is he past his prime?' What I'm trying to prove now is that I still have it, I'm still around, I still am Pee-wee Herman and Pee-wee Herman is still funny. So I'm feeling very Bob Hope -- hoping I don't see a parallel."
Next season, on the celebrity edition of A&E's "Hoarders":
"I go into a junk store and see some antique thing, and my mind goes: Someone's going to break that in 10 more minutes. You can't love the amount of stuff I have. I filled up my house three times. I have, like, multiple storage units."
An award-winning-celeb version of a "Where are my keys?" moment:
"I don't know where they [his two Emmy awards] are. They're in storage somewhere."
On the ambiguously inaccurate rumors (namely regarding child pornography) that damaged his career:
"All this stuff that happened -- the quote-unquote treatment I received -- was not an inducement to come back to work. To wait for somebody to give me permission to have a career wasn't going to happen, you know?"
One of the many things he has in common with Britney Spears:
"It's a drag to have tabloid baggage. It's weird to have your career be a footnote to that, especially when you love what you do."
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