5 Minute Interview: Mark Levin
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Mark: I am Mark Levin. If you Google me, you will think I’m a conservative talk show host. I’m not him. I’m Mark Levin the screenwriter and film director. Not to be confused with Marc Levin, the director who made Slam! He’s another guy. I tell stories and I work with my wife. That’s what I like. I like that as a married team we get to blur the line between work and play. I like writing screenplays and my reward for finishing them is occasionally we get to gather 150 people together and make the movie. Oh, and I’ve got this website called themansguidetolove.com.
Alvin: In your opinion what does it mean to be a father today?
Mark: Fatherhood is Childhood, Round Two. You get another shot at it, without any of the joy of discovery, but none of the pain of it either. You get to see the world for a second time through young eyes. You get to understand what love is on this whole level you never knew. But let me warn you, being a father is very expensive.
Alvin: What are your favorite activities you enjoy most with your children?
Mark: I think discovering things. More than showing them things I like (which is awesome), it’s discovering new things with them. Last summer, we cashed in all our frequent flier miles and went to Venice, me, the wife, the daughter, the son. I can’t imagine a better activity to do with my children than discovering the world.
Alvin: What has been your greatest experience so far with the “The Mans Guide to Love” project?
Mark: I don’t get to meet a lot of guys unless they’re fixing something at my house or they’re parents at my kid’s school. Actually going out into the world and asking men to talk about this subject they never get to talk about is the greatest part of The Man’s Guide To Love experience. Connecting, communicating, asking men for that advice is actually the reward. Which makes it especially ironic that I hate you so much for asking me to open up.
Alvin: You have asked hundreds of men what information do they have about love. How would you answer the same question?
Mark: You’re talking to the wrong guy. Actually, that’s the number one response we get. But I reply, “The wrong guys have the best advice. Tell me what not to do.” Truthfully, I’ve been lucky. I found my love when I was twenty-five and nineteen years later I haven’t screwed it up yet. This is what we tell our kids: “Love the people who love you. Don’t worry about the others. If you can learn to love those who love you, and return that love, you’ll be happy in life.” You can take that to the bank.
Alvin: What’s your motivation behind “The Man’s Guide to Love”?
Mark: I guess if I were to really look into my heart, the answer would have to be world domination.0