It's official: Elon Musk is a bona fide celebrity. He's appeared in Iron Man 2 and his actions appeal to people who don't obsessively follow his work at Tesla Motors. Or SpaceX. Or who send money online. He also makes the late-night talk show rounds, and chatted with Jimmy Kimmel last week. Oddly enough, while Musk and his Twitter tirades against a questionable road test article in
The New York Times had been getting tons of attention, Kimmel didn't even ask the Tesla Motors CEO about it. Tesla's first-ever quarterly profit didn't come up, either.

Kimmel introduced Musk as the co-founder of PayPal and the founder of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, but he left out the electric car part. The interview was all about SpaceX and trips to Mars. "He will lead us to Mars whether we want to go there or not," Kimmel said in the introduction. A brief bit of the interview went like this:

Musk: "I do want to go at some place, and it's probably not a good idea for the CEO to be the test pilot".
Kimmel: "What if we get to Mars and it sucks?"
Musk: "Well, Mars is a fixer-upper of a planet. But I think over time we can make Mars as livable as earth."
Kimmel: "I'd love to have the first talk show on Mars."

Shana Lynch, managing editor at Silicon Valley Business Journal, wrote about the interview, saying "Not that space isn't more fun for nationwide audiences than earnings, but still. We felt a little left out." You can fell left out yourself by watching the video below.







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      American Refugee
      • 1 Day Ago
      "bona fine". Oh, autoblog.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Day Ago
      I agree with Jimmy Kimmel, Elon Musk's achievements are incredible for one relatively short lifetime.
      RB
      • 1 Day Ago
      Thanks for posting this piece Jon. I've been waiting for more info to arrive publicly on Hyperloop and was very surprised to hear Kimmel actually ask Musk when he will publish.... surprised that Kimmel even knew about Hyperloop. Go Tesla, SolarCity and SpaceX; you guys rock.
        Rob Mahrt
        • 1 Day Ago
        @RB
        ET3.com is the best ource of info so far on at least a variation of the hyperloop if you don't already know about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03kVU2FYl6U
      Ugo Sugo
      • 1 Day Ago
      Surely, Musk with all these phallic shaped rockets, capsules, and superchargers on display, must induce women to have a lot of expectations about his endowment and performance!
        Rob Mahrt
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Ugo Sugo
        Well, 4 kids and two good looking wives to date, I think he is doing okay.
      Joeviocoe
      • 1 Day Ago
      Sooooo... the very topics that would pertain to this blog.... were not even addressed in this interview. Jon, what the hell is this digital diarrhea???
        Grendal
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        @Joeviocoe
        During the show they did show him driving up in a Model S. It's not in the clips though. I did like how, and I'm pretty sure this was unscripted, JK says that he can barely fill his car with gas and Elon says "I have a solution for that." It was a great moment in an otherwise bland interview.
      • 1 Day Ago
      Actually, here's a short (exclusive) interview about how the Model S behaves in cold weather and his opinion on using supercapacitors to improve performance: http://www.greenoptimistic.com/2013/02/23/model-s-cold-weather-elon-musk-interview/
        Grendal
        • 1 Day Ago
        Well done. Excellent questions. I like the details in his answers.