What is your favourite vacation spot and why?
Venice, Italy. There are two places that have made me cry just from seeing them. One is New York City and the other is Venice. I went on the water taxi from the airport and you turn the corner in this lagoon and there's this thin strip of buildings in the middle of the lagoon with all the colours that you only ever see in a painting unbelievable.
What's your number-one travel tip?
Plenty of socks and underwear.
What do you never leave home without?
What's your ultimate travel destination?
I think I'd like to spend a week in Bath in England. It feels like England's Venice.
What's your best Australian travel experience?
I went to the Gold Coast and I had to do a show and I just walked around in the city … I walked around this city then I walked around on this beach that seemed to never end and I want to say I walked for five hours and then I walked back for five hours, but the beach never ended. I've never seen that before in my life!
What and where is the best meal you've had travelling?
Tuna tartare, salmon tartare in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Did you have a favourite location filming Love Guru?
I'm a big hockey fan. I was born in Toronto, I follow the Toronto Maple Leaves, they're my people, and I go to skate at the rink where my team plays, with all the seats and stuff, and I got to take slap shots. That was awesome.
What's the best thing about making this movie?
I love the tremendous opportunity to be an actor and to make people laugh. I love silly films and I love to make people laugh.
What's the most prized possession or souvenir you've bought on a trip?
I got a drawing of the ferry on the Mersey, that's where my father was buried. My father, we spread his ashes on the River Mersey, so I bought a watercolour of a ferry across the Mersey.
What's the most memorable place you ever got lost?
Venice, yeah, it's very easy to get lost.
What's your favourite city?
New York City
Where will you most likely live in the world?
Where I live right now, New York City. I love it. You know, if aliens came to the planet and said "where should we go?", I'd say "New York".
It's the centre of the centre of the centre. I think it's beautiful. There's a lot of beautiful places, Venice, London, Paris … There's a term that they have called 'idealsphere' which is like a biosphere, it's like a rainforest of ideas. It's where ideas meet other ideas and make new ideas.
Where's the strangest place you ever saw your own image?
I saw it in a pool hall in Kenora, Ontario, which is a mining town and I saw a Wayne's World
poster in the pool hall and everybody in the pool hall was over 90 and I was like, how did my poster end up there?
Name three people you would want to take if you were stranded on a desert island?
Kurt Vonnegut, Deepak Chopra and Pierre Elliott Trudeau (one of Canada's greatest prime ministers).
How did you come up with the idea for this movie?
I came up with this idea after my father died in 1991. I started to read a whole lot of philosophy and this voice emerged when I would tell people the weird and wonderful thoughts about love, and "the only way out is in", and "you are a beautiful spirit" and all these wonderful thoughts. And I did it as a stage show in 1994 and it's an idea that I've wanted to do ever since.