Well, I would always recommend taking anything Reid Scott says with several large grains of salt, though he doesn’t appear to be in his most “why don’t I torture the audience” mood, for which we can only be grateful.
I have some thoughts.
Like a lot of actors, Reid Scott tends to kind of answer questions from the perspective of the character at the time he’s asked the question. So I actually find it pretty significant that he’s apparently moved from his usual comment – that Dan is barely capable of human emotion – to saying openly that he loves Amy. That is a big shift in his perception of Dan and his limited inner landscape, that’s for sure.
I am also amused that – whenever Reid Scott is asked about this, I guess because he has a more ambivalent relationship with his character than Anna Chlumsky, he always gets this slight tone of “no Dan and Amy shouldn’t be together, because he is terrible and she deserves better.” (Which is true). I think there’s a kind of actorly thing of Reid having affection for Amy as a character, because he plays Dan, who loves her, but because he’s also a much, much nicer person than Dan, there’s almost a protectiveness there? I feel like Reid is one hundred percent on Amy’s side of the “future argument ending in murder.”
Hence, I think, the description of Amy as “sweet” which is hilarious to me on so many levels – Dan Egan is almost certainly the only person in the world who would think of her that way. (And it does make a kind of sense from his perspective – compared to Dan, she is).
And a lot of this comes down to a philosophical question about what love is. I mean, I don’t understand how Dan’s feelings about Amy can be described as “not romantic” because it seems to me all the necessary components are there – the physical attraction, the affection, the intimacy, the desire for her exclusive attention – it’s just that Dan is a terrible, terrible person. And one of the ways that he’s terrible is that he tends to take advantage of situations where he thinks Amy is stuck with him – if he thinks there’s no realistic possibility of her leaving, he gives free rein to his assholishness. (This is one of the qualities that has the potential to seem close to abusive if the writers don’t handle it carefully).
Now does that mean he doesn’t love Amy romantically? I would say no, but I suspect Reid Scott would say yes – and what it fundamentally comes down to I think is a disagreement about what romantic love is. (I actually think it’s kind of naive to imagine that terrible human beings aren’t capable of love, but that is a much, much bigger argument than I want to get into here),
Also, Matt Walsh’s face is hilarious all the way through this.