Jason Schwartzman Talks Moonrise Kingdom, on Blu-ray and DVD today, October 16th
One of our favorite films of the year, director Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, October 16th. To celebrate, we caught up with actor Jason Schwartzman, who plays a small but important role as a Khaki Scout troop leader responsible for bringing together the film's two leads, Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, in this romantic and magical coming-of-age adventure for the whole family.
We didn't have much time with Jason, so we quizzed him with 'yes' and 'no' questions, only occasionally straying off topic. Here is our conversation, sold short and sweet just like the movie itself.
Is Moonrise Kingdom your favorite Wes Anderson movie?
Jason Schwartzman: Yes!
Is it your favorite Jason Schwartzman movie?
Jason Schwartzman: Yes!
Is this your favorite character you have ever played?
Jason Schwartzman: No...No, wait...Yes! Yes it is! Yes to everything!
Would you join the Khaki scouts if it were a real organization?
Jason Schwartzman: No.
One word why not?
Jason Schwartzman: Camping.
Camping? So you don't like to camp?
Jason Schwartzman: I love to camp. But I feel like...No, let me take this back...One word why I don't want to join...
Jason Schwartzman: Um...Uh...Ah, I don't know. Snakes? Dehydration? I don't know why I wouldn't join. I wouldn't.
What do you feel is the most important attribute a Khaki Scout can have? You know what, I'm sorry if I sound like I have a speech impediment. I have a broken jaw...
Jason Schwartzman: No, you have a broken jaw? What happened?
I fell off my Vespa...Actually, someone sideswiped me, and I took a dive right into the sidewalk.
Jason Schwartzman: Oh, my fucking god!
Sometimes it sounds like I am drunk when I am talking. It makes me self-conscious...
Jason Schwartzman: I wanted to get a Vespa. I guess, maybe I shouldn't?
No, do it! I love my Vespa. It's just some of these drivers out here in Los Angeles! They are crazy. But by all means, do it, get a Vespa!
Jason Schwartzman: Jeez, I am sorry to hear that.
I'm okay. I lived. Its just my tongue, it gives up on me sometimes and I sound crazy.
Jason Schwartzman: Don't worry. My tongue gives up on me sometimes too. Oh, wait...Let me think...The most important attribute a Khaki scout can have? I think it's...I don't know the word...I think he should be trustworthy.
What's one word that sums up Moonrise Kingdom?
Jason Schwartzman: Sublime.
What draws certain actors to be in a Wes Anderson movie, and go completely with Wes Anderson's vision?
Sorry, that is two words.
Are you going to be in Grand Budapest Hotel?
Jason Schwartzman: Yes.
This question you can give me a few more words...
Jason Schwartzman: This is the most fun I've had today!
What brings you to a Wes Anderson movie?