On how Jason Schwartzman got the role as Max Fischer
Wes Anderson: Jason Schwartzman we found after a long, long search. We spent over a year trying to cast this part. We looked into all these different schools, and we looked in England and Canada..and he actually lived in Los Angeles. He’s from a movie family, his mother is Talia Shire, his uncle is Francis Copolla and he has the exact opposite background from what I was expecting and he’s physically completely different from what I imagined. But the second that I met him I thought that he’s something completely different from any other people that I’ve met and he’s the best that we’ve seen.
Owen Wilson: When Wes and I was writing the movie, I think the kid that we had in mind was this kid from Flirting, he was also in Shine..I imagined a kid like Wes, kind of a very thin, pale kid who look a bit like a young Mick Jagger, slightly kind of uncooked look, and Jason obviously doesn’t look like that but when he came in and did a reading it was funny because it was so different from the way Wes and I imagined the role physically, but he could say the line so well and he was really smart, getting all the jokes and stuffs.
Jason Schwartzman: [Wes] said when I walked into the room he instantly re-thought the look of the entire character, he thought it could be more Dustin Hoffman, which just means shorter.
Jason Schwartzman in the Rushmore - Criterion Collection commentary
it’s really funny how he actually kind of yelled I WAX MY CHEST in the commentary.
Like Clark Kent (or Hannah Montana, for that matter), the musician Robert Schwartzman leads a bit of a double life.
For some, the California native is a singer and composer for Rooney, an indie rock band that surfs between the Beach Boys’ lithium chords and the Strokes’ fuck-it-all lyrics. For others, he’s a teen heartthrob who kissed Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries, to the jealous groans of a million tenth grade girls.
Jason Schwartzman (via oceannsize)
as promised, here are the scans of jason’s interview in full, linked under the read more because they’re huge .. 2000 pixels wide almost. so, yes. this is not dial-up friendly.