‘Stanger Things’ Star David Harbour Can See Elves

David Harbour has seen some stranger things in his life.

Appearing on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast (via PageSix), Harbour reveals that he, “has a capacity to see ‘the elves’ in the corners of the room if I really allow myself to go there.”

This led his parents to take him to a mental hospital, which isn’t as fun as literally no one makes it out to be.

“I have one thing to say about the mental asylum: I’ve romanticized two things in my life and both have fallen short. One is being in a mental asylum. Really not as fun as you think it is,” he continued. “You do have a romantic idea of it – [like] ‘you’re a genius’ — and it just ends up being sad and smells like s—t.”

People only think you’re a genius if you go to a mental hospital because Kanye West. Every other person thinks you’re crazy and need help.

Boating was the other thing he romanticized, in case you were wondering. And yeah, boating is boring.

Harbour was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

“The funny thing about my brain is every time I’ve had an episode like that it’s coupled with spirituality. Generally, people are like ‘I need to meditate more’ or ‘I need to get into yoga,’” he remarked. “And I need to like, eat a cheeseburger and just like smoke cigarettes and hang out. Because like the minute I get close to that – what I consider a flame – of like ‘the answers’ and the mysticism, and I’m like ‘completely present,’ it’s like I’m out of my mind. So if I write the self-help book, it’s going to be like, ‘Sit on the couch and play some video games.’”

That’s the advice I give myself every day and it’s working out pretty well for me.

This whole thing adds a new level of depth to Stranger Things. Now I’m wondering if the whole upside down is really just a figment of Hopper’s imagination.

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