Jason Schwartzman: “In order to work, you have to be unafraid to be terrible”

  • Pin It

jason-schwartzman-moonrise-kingdomJason Schwartzman is back on the big screen with another of Director Wes Anderson‘s films, Moonrise Kingdom. The film has had rave reviews and even though Schwartzman is only in it for about 10 minutes, he does leave his mark on the film.

The actor said that  working with Anderson has made his acting choices a lot less difficult. “It makes it a lot easier when you have the ability to work with someone you  know,” he told Collider. “On the first day of work, you’re meeting new people and there’s a little bit of nervousness in your body, because in order to work, you have to be unafraid to be terrible.  And that can be embarrassing.  But Wes, for instance, I have been so bad in front of Wes—bad acting, bad mood—that there’s no expectation anymore.”

“For instance,” he went on to say, “on [Moonrise] I was on hiatus from Bored to Death, and I literally drove overnight—I worked until three in the morning on Bored to Death and then drove straight to the set at 6:30 in the morning on Moonrise Kingdom, put on the boy scout outfit, walked onto the set and started working.  I think, maybe I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I didn’t know [Wes.]  There was no fear.  Wes and I have so many shared memories.  He can be like ‘Remember that guy who sold you that black licorice at that place…’”

Schwartzman has not only tackled movies and TV, he was also the drummer for the band Phantom Planet, proving the actor’s wide range of creativity.  He said, “I think that movies and music, basically—it’s the only thing I love so deeply…I never thought that I would be an actor.  But I think that, for some reason, the weird way that I got into acting and how quickly it happened…I still kind of carry the weird jolt.  I am happy to say that I work with Wes, who’s a guy that I love.”

Moonrise Kingdom is currently in theaters.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/watch-andy-serkis-talks-motion-c.jpg
Watch: Andy Serkis Talks Motion Capture, His Career and More
This week saw the release of the final film in The Lord of the Rings saga, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Out of the dozens of actors who appeared in the series, the one whose career was most defined by the six-film franchise is Andy Serkis, who portrayed Gollum in the series […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/dan-stevens-summer-in-february.jpg
Dan Stevens Recalls When Shia LaBeouf Disrupted One of His Broadway Performances: “I wish I’d had a broadsword then”
Though Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is billed as the final movie in the fantasy series, it still incorporates some new blood into the mix alongside franchise favorites like Ben Stiller and Robin Williams. The most significant new addition is Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey, who plays Lancelot. Lancelot doesn’t realize that […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/bradley-cooper-the-elephant-man.jpg
Bradley Cooper Takes A Grad School Dream To The Broadway Stage With, ‘The Elephant Man’
Bradley Cooper is proving to be an actor who wants a career defined by strong work. Instead of solely relying upon franchises like The Hangover, the Oscar nominee is mixing it up again between the big screen and the stage. Cooper is starring in The Elephant Man on Broadway this theatre season. It’s a role […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/bob-balaban-a-delicate-balance.jpg
Bob Balaban on Being a Character Actor: “It’s what I do and who I am and I really enjoy it”
With Glenn Close and John Lithgow in the cast of Broadway’s A Delicate Balance, it’s okay if you didn’t notice that veteran actor Bob Balaban is also in the cast. Balaban, who is probably best known for his roles in Christopher Guest‘s mockumentaries and for his supporting roles in dozens of other films, has returned […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/michael-c-hall-hedwig.jpg
Michael C. Hall on His Broadway Life After ‘Dexter': “There was a desire to perform an exorcism”
When it was announced that Michael C. Hall was replacing Andrew Rannells in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway, it was a bit of a surprise. It wasn’t that people thought Hall couldn’t pull off the role of a transgender rock star — he was previously on Broadway as the Master of Ceremonies in […]