Actor, screenwriter and filmmaker Albert Brooks is out with his debut novel, 2030 (St. Martin's, $25.99). He spoke with USA TODAY.
1. You paint a pretty bleak picture of the future in your novel, yet you say you're hopeful?
I don't consider what I wrote as bleak. The fact that we're still here in my book is hopeful.
2. Old people are targets in your novel. You're 63. Do you worry about this scenario?
Yes, I have. I've always thought because of our generation — the size of it — it's apparent that unless we're killed off by some Boomer flu, we're going to be here and people are going to have to deal with us.
3. Was writing a novel more difficult than writing a screenplay?
I didn't sell it until I finished it, which took pressure off.
4. Another novel in the works?
I've got two other ideas. I really like the form.
5. You were the voice of Marlin, the fearful clownfish in Finding Nemo, because the director said you could make worrying appealing. Did you take that as a compliment?
I take anything other than "you big pig!" as a compliment.