There are many bad things that can happen during an interview with someone. He’s boring. He talks waytoofast or waaaaaaayyyyy tooooooo sllllloooooooow. He says nothing. Or comes armed with a publicist who refuses to leave his side.
The absolute worst thing just happened to me two minutes ago, with a prominent former NFL star: “Oh, I have an absolutely terrific story about [PLAYER I’M WRITING ABOUT]. Terrific! Wait, you know what, I can’t tell that story. Too embarrassing.”
No, really, you can!
“No, I can’t. I just can’t.”
I like to think decent reporting skills can dislodge any good story from a mouth. Sometimes, however, it just doesn’t happen.