03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Paul Reubens Says "Time Is Ripe" For Pee-Wee Movie

"Being Pee-wee Herman is a good conversation starter," Paul Reubens said in a mellow deadpan about the comic creation that defined his career.

Two decades after you could say, "I know you are, but what am I?" to just about anyone and get a knowing laugh in return, Reubens still can't escape the character -- nor does he really want to. In fact, it's quite the contrary, Reubens said in a rare interview last week with MTV News, as he outlined his plans for Pee-wee's future adventures.

Reubens seemed almost embarrassed at the impact of the character today. "I keep meeting people who come up to me and say they just turned their kids on to it. I get mail that just says, 'Pee Wee Herman, Hollywood.' It's like 'Miracle on 34th Street,' " he marveled.

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