In case you haven't heard, Vincent Kartheiser has a long and storied history of being a real, how should we put this ... prick-ish weirdo in interviews. In honor of his most recent offense, where he made fun of a Huffington Post reporter and told her that her place of work "posts some pretty bad shit," (though, to be fair, Kartheiser was referring to a post about his jerkiness, penned by said reporter) we thought we'd give you a brief rundown of all the times it's seemed like playing Pete Campbell is not too much of a stretch for him. Read below to review PAPER 2008 Beautiful Person Kartheiser's most un-beautiful quotes while worrying a little for Alexis Bledel. Run away, girl, run!
Turns out that Kartheiser gave us some warning of his sometimes off-putting and often weird ways when his popularity really started to pick up. In a 2010 Guardian profile he said, "I sometimes like to be unhealthy in my thoughts and my actions." And something about that quote makes us think he wasn't talking about eating a large buttered popcorn by himself at a matinee screening of Marmaduke. This was also the first mention of him wearing a wedding ring, "so I can flash it to warn people off if I need to, or at least put it on in the morning."
For a while Kartheiser supposedly didn't have a toilet.
"Like, I don't have a toilet at the moment. My house is just a wooden box. I mean I am planning to get a toilet at some point. But for now I have to go to the neighbors. I threw it all out." The reporter confirmed it. Don't worry, now he has a toilet.
"It's not rape after the first 5 minutes."
This one's a double-whammy: At the Lambs Club in 2010, Kartheiser told PAPER that that he wore a fake wedding ring because he liked the kind of woman it attracted. He also told BlackBook: "It's not rape after the first 5 minutes." Charming!
America the Great?
Buried in a long interview, Kartheiser gives an interesting quote on being lucky: "The fact that I'm born in America, and America has control over all these other colonies, and enslaved all these other countries -- I mean, there are so many things that have happened in my life that make me so lucky." Also in that interview: "This is exactly how I always wanted to have children: in a movie. In a movie, on a TV screen, or in some sort of nightmare."
But don't compare him to Pete.
Kartheiser admits that he shares some not-so-great traits with Pete Campbell: "I think there's plenty of me in Pete Campbell. People on the show like to say that I'm very different from my character, but what else are they gonna say? I play a really despicable, ugly character...So my co-stars don't want to completely ruin my love life."
People just naturally want to hurt him.
Kartheiser told Vulture, "I just have one of those faces you just wanna rip to pieces."
He's cool with ditching children. So are all men, apparently.
When asked (of the the first episode of Mad Men), "Could you imagine sneaking into a colleague's home, having sex with her when she was asleep, never acknowledging the activity and then not feeling responsible for the baby?" Kartheiser's answer was "Sure." When the interviewer implied that Pete's actions were pretty despicable, he responded, "You've got to hang out with more men."
Accidentally dissing Alison Brie
Kartheiser sort of dissed co-star Alison Brie's show Community, saying: "I don't really watch TV. I mean, I do, but I don't watch that kind of TV. I watch some comedies, but not that one. God, I sound like an asshole." So much nervous laughter.
Throwing things at reporters
Towards the end of an interview published a few weeks ago, Katheiser started throwing crumpled up paper at the reporter, saying "I'm going to hit you right in the face with this!" He misses every time.
He once got in trouble over a rock.
"I picked out one rock, in the river, like a 650lb rock. A monster stuck between two other rocks. We were in the river and we got it moving but this guy comes out shouting, 'You can't take my rock!' I'm like, 'It's the world's rock!' And anyhow I needed it for my sink... but in the end we left that rock alone and we had to find another rock. We got a cool one."
Somewhere out there, there's a video him cussing for several minutes while doing a Matt Weiner impression.
"I did [my Matthew Weiner impression] on video once! And then I was like, 'Oh my God! Please edit that out!' And then they wouldn't, so I just kept saying, [yells] 'Cuuunt. Fuuuck. Cuuunt. Fuuuuck.' So they couldn't use any of it. So then there was just this two-minute video clip of me going, 'Bleeeep. Bleeeep. Bleeeep. Bleeep.'"
Boy, this guy hates the Huffington Post.
As previously mentioned, while at a Mad Men panel discussion, Kartheiser was asked a question by a reporter from Huffington Post. He responded by asking her "Oh, do they pay you at least?" When the reporter said that she is indeed paid, Kartheiser said, "You're one of the few." Then he added, "You guys post some pretty bad shit over there sometimes, no offense." The "no offense" is truly the cherry on top.
But, uh, maybe he just needs a good spanking...
From a 2012 interview: "Uh-huh. Yeah, I believe in spankings. I believe in spankings more and more, as I get older."