Patton Oswalt talks ‘Young Adult’ and his career: “I’m not going to lie that I’m not in it for the money”

Best known for his stand-up and as as the quirky friend Spence on King of Queens, Patton Oswalt has moved on to darker comedy with his recent role in director Jason Reitman’s latest venture Young Adult

Co-starring alongside Charlize Theron, Patton stars in the film as Matt, a ” moonshine-making, action-figure-creating disabled man,” in a story that chronicles Theron’s character Mavis, a recently divorced fiction writer who travels back home to Minnesota, hoping to reunite with her married ex-boyfriend.

Talking to the L.A. Times about his role, Oswalt used an acting coach for the first time and faced the challenges of portraying a disabled man, a role the actor says he took to test his abilities. “This guy is very articulate and smart, but there are those moments when that fails him, and I wanted to know that I could play that,”  he said.

He could also relate to Matt, nearly sharing the same fate as his alter ego, Oswalt chose instead to pursue his career as a comedian, rather than continue living in his home state of Virginia, settling down and marrying his college girlfriend.  “That would have destroyed me and I would have been a really unpleasant person had I stayed.” 

Oswalt was also straight forward about working several avenues of the entertainment biz, whether it be stand-up, movie roles, or publishing his own book of essays, the comedian says he’s in it for the money – mainly.  “I’m in this business for the money — and the anecdotes.  I’m not going to lie that I’m not in it for the money, and sometimes the money wins over the anecdotes. But the money lets you explore the stuff you want to do.”

A film like Young Adult for Oswalt appears to be in the larger scheme of things, a stepping stone, and a challenging one at that.  “A movie like this will hopefully give me the exposure to work with other directors I like, or [give me] the breathing room that if [eccentric horror director] Ewe Boll wants me to go to Germany to do something, I can go. Because I also want to observe Ewe Boll and write about that experience.”  Adding that he doesn’t plan to leave the stage, given other opportunities.  “I still want to be a stand-up and you can’t be a stand-up if you’re not living life.”

Watch Patton Oswalt in the trailer for Young Adult.  The movie opens in theaters on December 16th 2011.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Latest Videos

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/wondercon-falling-skies-intervie.jpg
WonderCon: ‘Falling Skies’ Interview with Moon Bloodgood & Seychelle Gabriel
Moon Bloodgood and Seychelle Gabriel were at WonderCon to talk about the upcoming season of TNT’s ‘Falling Skies’. The show is the story of life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a college professor who became an unlikely resistance leader. Bloodgood is Dr. Ann Glass, [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/wondercon-dawn-of-the-planet-of.jpg
WonderCon: ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ Press Conference with Gary Oldman & Andy Serkis
Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis and Director Matt Reeves were at WonderCon to talk about the upcoming, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. I loved the first one and can’t wait for this to come out. Serkis is terrific in everything and to watch him go to e-to-toe with Oldman will be a [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/wondercon-how-to-train-your-drag.jpg
WonderCon: ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Press Conference with Jay Baruchel
Jay Baruchel and writer/director Dean DeBlois were at WonderCon to chat about the upcoming sequel, How To Train Your Dragon 2. In the press conference, they talk about the film, how Baruchel feels like he’s taken ownership of his character and a bit about his acting career. The film is in theaters June 13th.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/wondercon-sean-bean-tina-majorin.jpg
WonderCon: Sean Bean, Tina Majorino, Ali Larter & Morris Chestnut Talk ‘Legends’
The cast and executive producer of TNT’s new show, Legends held a press conference at WonderCon to talk about the show, their characters and more. Legends is based on the book by spy novelist Robert Littellon and stars Sean Bean (Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings) as Martin Odum, an undercover agent working [...]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/john-turturro-narrates-a-scene-f.jpg
John Turturro Narrates a Scene from His New FIlm, ‘Fading Gigolo’
John Turturro narrates a sequence from his film, Fading Gigolo. The film, which written and directed by Turturro and stars Woody Allen, Sharon Stone and Sophia Vergara, is about how Turturro’s character falls into the becoming a gigolo, thanks to his “pimp”, played by Allen.