Maxim Interview: Jason Schwartzman

The indie comedy wunderkind talks Moonrise Kingdom, Bill Murray, tequila, and more.
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You’ve worked with director Wes Anderson on many films, including Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, and Moonrise Kingdom. Are you guys real-life besties?
Well, Wes is 10 years older than me; I met him when I was 17. I was a musician making an album, and had never really thought about being in movies. But I met this casting director who asked if I’d ever been an actor, and I went to this audition [for Rushmore], just really thinking it would be more of a good story to tell people—hey, I auditioned for a movie!—but I got the part, and that’s the first time I met Wes. And I would say that from 17 until now, he’s been one of the most important people in my life.

You and Wes often work with Bill Murray. Do you have a favorite Bill Murray movie?
That’s really difficult. That’s like asking if I have a favorite Beatles album. Stripes is great, and so is Groundhog Day, and I loved him in The Man Who Knew Too LittleMeatballs,Ghostbusters… I am also a huge fan of Scrooged.

And What About Bob?
HUGE What About Bob? fan. My good What About Bob? story is that for a summer I worked at this small tennis center, and on the weekends they would show a movie in the rec room—which was a huge room with a film projector—and I tore tickets for the whole summer. But because it wasn’t like a professional theater, it wasn’t like a new movie was out every week, so What About Bob? played for whole month, and I took tickets and would watch the movie. I love that movie. It’s a deep, deep, deep love. And actually one of his best performances is also in Tootsie.

Read my entire interview with Jason Schwartzman at Maxim.com.

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