Actor Jason Schwartzman is a member of an exclusive club and no ... I'm not talking about the Coppola family. While, Schwartzman is the nephew of the famed director and Nicolas Cage's cousin he is also a member of a prestigious group of actors that appear in Wes Anderson films. The talented ensemble includes Luke and Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, Seymour Cassel and Michael Gambon, actors who have all appeared in more than one Wes Anderson film. Schwartzman himself made his film debut in Anderson's Rushmore and later appeared in The Darjeeling Limited but now returns to work with Anderson again in his new film The Fantastic Mr. Fox, opening in theaters on November 13th. The film, which is based on the classic children's book by author Roald Dahl features stop motion animation and also introduces Oscar winners George Clooney and Meryl Streep into the Anderson family of actors. We had the opportunity to speak with Jason Schwartzman about the new film, collaborating with Wes Anderson and how successful Clooney and Streep were adapting to the ensemble. To watch our exclusive interview click on the video clip below.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox is visionary director Wes Anderson's first animated film, utilizing classic handmade stop motion techniques to tell the story of the best selling children's book by Roald Dahl (author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach). Mr. and Mrs. Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox's wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but also the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers; Boggis, Bunce and Bean, who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost. Also featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson and Jarvis Cocker and directed by Wes Anderson, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, opening in theaters everywhere on November 13th.