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Mr. Schwartzman, is it weird to watch your own mother in films?

The ’70s section of my mom’s career and of my family’s career I am able to enjoy and I think maybe it’s because I know it’s all before I was born. I can watch The Godfather, for instance. I am thankful for that because it’s such a great film and it would be a shame if I were uncomfortable watching it. I don’t watch that movie and think, “Oh there is my mom, this is awkward.” Or, “My uncle made this film!” I really just think about how it is a great movie with great performances.

So it’s the films that were shot after your birth that you have problems with?

It’s a little more uncomfortable. I tried to watch Rocky III when I was younger and I couldn’t do it.

You are from one of the most prestigious Hollywood families, the Coppolas. What was that like for you growing up?

When I was born my mom didn’t work as much and she really was just focused on raising us. She is a cinephile and an audiophile but she is not too interested in the whole schmooze and the more business side of things. We were kept away from a lot of the vultures. She was protective in that way; we didn’t really grow up on a film set. I have no memories of being on film sets, I have memories of playing baseball. Also I wouldn’t remember those things because I was much more interested in music and stuff.

“I never thought I was going to be in the film industry.”

How is it now, do you feel at home on film sets?

Even now that I’ve worked for a while, every time that I go to a shoot it still just feels so weird and so bizarre to me. Maybe I can’t get over certain high school situations that happened like I was pushed or I was laughed at by a big group of girls, but I still carry a certain “I can’t believe it” attitude. Sometimes I am just like, “I can’t believe that that’s Bill Murray.” It’s the truth. It’s a real feeling, which is totally out of the ordinary for me.

You would think that would go away after a while.

Yesterday George Clooney had his arm on me and we were getting a picture taken and I was having a Jean-Paul Sartre moment where all I could feel was his hand on my shoulder. There were no cameras, there was no line, there was just the hand of George Clooney on my shoulder. I was like, “This is incredible, that’s George Clooney’s arm on my shoulder.” It’s a bizarre feeling. You know what I mean though. I enter a weird mode.

How do you feel right now?

Right now I feel I am talking to you but I am thinking: this is right out of Don’t Look Back. You know, the Bob Dylan movie. Wow, when he is being interviewed. And I am like, “Really? Wow, I am being interviewed, too.”

What is your relation to your childhood love – music – these days?

I just really get a joy out of being around instruments. Even aesthetically, just looking at instruments makes my brain feel much more positive and happy. Especially holding them. It’s just nice. I need to do this, I like to play music and listen to music. If I go too long without any type of music in my life I can feel it.

With such an interest in music, how did you end up being an actor?

Music was everything to me, but I think the reason I never thought I would be an actor was because in the ’80s when I was growing up the big stars were all very muscular. There were these really big movies, which I enjoyed so much, but I never thought I was going to be in the film industry.

Jason Schwartzman stars alongside Natalie Portman in Wes Anderson’s short film, Hotel Chevalier (2007).

Because of the way you’re built?

I never thought I was going to be a muscular action hero type of person. I realized recently that there was no gradation from action movie to comedy in the ’80s. There were just big comedies and big action. There was also Jim Jarmusch and stuff but I didn’t know about that. So I just loved Bill Murray, I loved those movies but I never thought I was going to be a Ghostbuster. I never saw Commando and never thought that was going to be me either. They weren’t speaking the things that I was feeling – but music was. So when I met Wes Anderson

…everything changed.

It’s one of the most beautiful conceptions of my life. It was just, on a grander level, I think very important for me to have met Wes Anderson at that age. That was an age where I was really struggling to find anyone who would take me seriously and really ask me what I was feeling or thinking about who wasn’t my mother. It was tough. I wasn’t really being engaged, no one was talking to me about anything that I was interested in or wanted to learn about. So this great guy comes into my life and says, “What do you think?” I was literally shocked when he asked me what I thought about something. I was like, “Really?” He was my instructor and he’s still my mentor.

What makes Wes Anderson, the man who gave you your first part, so special?

The process in which he makes his movies is so unique and unorthodox. It’s not the normal way to make films. It’s interesting that not only is Wes writing a movie when he’s writing a movie, but he’s also writing in his mind and envisioning the way he wants to make the movie.

Can you give me an example?

For instance when he made The Darjeeling Limited he said, “I would like to write a movie about three brothers in India on a train and let’s begin to write that.” But also he said, “I would also like to really make it on a moving train with no hair and make up departments; the actors should do all their own hair and make up and the suits should already have microphones in them. I would like no trailers, all the actors if possible should stay on set.” He already had a way that he wanted to make it, the experience he wanted to have.

Source: The Talk

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Top 5 Celebrity Interviews To Read Today




All in all, big name profiles are somewhat of a joke. They regularly pander to the star and never really uncover anything remotely near reality about their identity. They discuss how sweet they will be (“They appeared two hours late however appeared to be really self-reproachful about it!”), what they’re eating (“Reese Witherspoon cautiously eats her Udon noodle soup as she considers life, love, and circumcision… “) and how rational they run over (“Despite having millions in the bank, Coyote Fox is as yet the modest young lady from the Bronx!”) Occasionally, however, a profile like this one will turn out and really come clean about its subject. “OMG, superstars truly are bizarro egomaniacs! I knew it!”

It is kind of adorable when this happens. If you are an eager peruser of superstar chatter, it is complete happiness to see something that challenges to be straightforward. Other than this splendid takedown of LiLo, we have chosen to impart to you the five most loved bits of amusement news-casting. They’re really (heave!) engaging!

1. “Chris Evans Is Captain America” by Edith Zimmerman

In this now-notorious GQ profile, which turned out in 2011, Edith Zimmerman pays tribute to the style of composing found in old mags like Sassy and Jane by giving us a #realtalk all-access go into the universe of Chris Evans. While going through a couple of days with the motion picture star in L.A., Zimmerman opens up about the typical tease that creates amongst them and even points of interest a night in which she got squandered at his home. Individuals were blowing a gasket about this article, calling it “out of line,” yet offer me a reprieve. Edith made us keen on senseless exhausting CHRIS EVANS. If that is not the good ability of an essayist, I don’t comprehend what is.

2. “Step by step instructions to Get Under Aaron Sorkin’s Skin” by Sarah Nicole Prickett

We sort of dependably knew Aaron Sorkin was a dick (a misanthrope who at times smokes rocks? Nectar… ), yet author Sarah Nicole Prickett at long last gives us the evidence we required with this meeting in The Globe and Mail. While getting some information about his new show on HBO, The Newsroom, Sorkin treats Prickett with striking haughtiness, calling her “Web young lady” and notwithstanding showing her how to high-five appropriately. Fundamentally Prickett discovered that Sorkin treats ladies precisely the same he gives his male characters a chance to address them in his TV shows and films. Enchanting!

3. “Tiffani-Amber: Something Does Not Compute” by Mary-Ann

Cheeky invariably distributed the best big name interviews since they genuinely did not think about kissing anybody’s can. A valid example: this vintage meet with Tiffani-Amber Thiessen in which it’s uncovered that the Saved By The Bell star is a monstrous dum. Scarcely a stunner yet at the same time: LOL!

4. “Meet Your New Boss, Dov Charney” by Claudine Ko

Cheeky’s successor, Jane, kept with the pattern of good prominent name reporting, especially with this piece about America’s # 1 trendy person crawl, Dov Charney. Author Claudine Ko discusses the CEO of American Apparel jerking off before her and for the most part carrying on like a sexual stalker amid their meeting. If you at any point considered how Dov got such a terrible rep, this incredible bit of diversion reporting would be it.

5. “M.I.A’s. Agitprop Pop” by Lynn Hirschberg

Lynn Hirschberg is no more peculiar to penning questionable big name profiles. In the 90s, she talked with Courtney Love for Vanity Fair and mentioned that the vocalist was all the while utilising heroin while pregnant — a reality Love fervently denied. In any case, this made a torrential slide of horse crap, which in the long run brought about the association of Child Services. Uh oh! In 2010, Hirschberg by and by demonstrated that the pen is mightier than the sword when she composed this blistering profile of M.I.A. in The New York Times. Hirschberg calls attention to the numerous logical inconsistencies in the pop star’s life, including her claims that she’s a political radical who lives on the edges of society when truth be told, she dwells in a house in Brentwood with her super-rich spouse. M.I.A. was naturally pissed about the piece, however, and got Hirschberg to admit to a misrepresent. In any case, the American open never honestly took a gander at M.I.A. a similar way again and her collection, which turned out not long after the piece, wound up failing.

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Mr. Schnabel, when does a work of art become important in your opinion? Do you need external confirmation, or is it something explicitly personal?

I don’t think something is important just because an audience likes it. Most people make art and movies as a job and if a lot of people go to see it they make money and that is their sign of success. I am not making judgment here, but their goal is strictly business-oriented. I don’t do this as a business.

So commercial success doesn’t interest you?

Do I think it’s good if people like it? I have to like it. If I think that something is good, it is fine. I mean Gladiator came out when my movie Before Night Falls came out. Gladiator won the Acadamy Award, Russell Crowe won the Acadamy Award. Would I rather be Ridley Scott? No. Do I think Javier Bardem’s performance was better than Russell Crowe’s, although Russell is an excellent actor? Yes. Javier Bardem’s performance was better. Did we win the Oscar? No. Does it matter? No. I mean he was the first Spanish actor to ever be nominated for an Academy Award. What does that say about the Academy? There is a level of chauvinism over there; it’s a club.

Do you think your indifference to the system has actually made you more successful?

Well I can’t just say yes to that, because then I would sound like the guy everybody says I am supposed to be: the arrogant, self-satisfied Schnabel. (Laughs)

But what you can admit is that you made quite an interesting transition from acclaimed artist to successful filmmaker. How did that come about?

I thought:If I feel like I should do it, I should do it. I shouldn’t worry that the art world is going to say, “Oh, Schnabel thinks that we’re not good enough for him, he is going to make movies now. The art world is not big enough, he’s going to make movies.” Then when the people liked the movies they said, “Oh, now he is a better movie director than a painter.” But that’s not really true. I happened to do it just the same way as some artists write letters. Van Gogh wrote letters and so we have a book of his letters to Theo. It is a great thing to have. The guy is a painter but he happened to write good letters also.

Are you interested in bringing the film and the art world a bit closer together? During the 2010 Toronto Film Festival you premiered with the exhibition Julian Schnabel: Art and Filmwhich seemed to aim at that.

Maybe it should have just been called Paintings That Have Something To Do With Film. I think the idea was that maybe people from the film world would go and see the museum and it would bring these worlds together. I don’t care if those worlds are together or not. My attitude toward it is similar to the way Joseph Beuys left the Kunstakademie open so anyone who wanted to come, anyone who was interested in art, could come. Whatever brings somebody in so they can have an art experience is a healthy thing.

Do you prefer filmmaking or painting more?

I prefer to paint; I don’t have to translate anything. I don’t have to know if it is good or bad while I am working. I don’t want to think when I am working. Even if I am making a movie, I get to a point where I throw the script away. I know what I want people to do and ultimately it is a spontaneous kind of activity. They need to be able to feel comfortable enough to trust me so they can do something and know I won’t let them get hurt. They end up feeling that way and that is why the movies are good. But I prefer to paint.

Unlike painting, movie making is extremely collaborative. Do you have to fight to get your way sometimes?

I am my biggest critic. I have final cut on my films and I don’t care how much money they ultimately make. If I would have made The Diving Bell and the Butterfly in English, it would have made more money. But it wouldn’t be the movie that I wanted to make and I think the other people in charge had to swallow that when I told them about my intent to make a French movie. The guy is French and I am not going to have French people watching American people making believe they are French in France and then they are reading French subtitles.

We knew you were a talented filmmaker and painter, but we didn’t know about your photographic skills until you recently toured the world with a Polaroid exhibition.

First of all, I didn’t intend to be a photographer and I didn’t intend to be a movie director. I am not a photographer, but I took photographs. And the photographs that I took are very physical; they are like paintings in a way.

Why did you start taking pictures in the first place?

Because I was dissatisfied with how my work looked when it was photographed by other people. I wanted to show the way paintings look inside places where I am working. So I was taking these pictures over the past eight years and I didn’t have any intention to show them and this woman came and looked at them and said: do you think we can show those photographs? So to cut it short: was Stanley Kubrick a photographer? No. He was a movie director. But he took photographs that are a gift to see.

Are you in a way proud of all these different careers?

I don’t have a career as a photographer and I don’t want a career as a movie director, and I don’t have a career as a painter.

You don’t have a career?

No, I never thought of art as a career. I thought it was more like a monastic practice. It is something that you do – you can’t not do it. If I made money doing it, I would do it; if I didn’t make any money, I would do it.

Could you live without art?

If I never made another movie, I probably could live okay. I made the movies that I made, I think I did a good job, but if I couldn’t paint, I don’t know what I would do. If I couldn’t paint, I think I would be a problem. I would definitely be a problem to the people who have to put up with me, live with me, deal with me. I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I would go surfing I guess and live in the jungle or something like that. You know, obviously I’m not perfect but the thing I am best at is painting.

Source: The Talk

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Mr. Young, do you see yourself as a provocateur?

My life is not a political campaign. I just write about what is on my mind. I just play whatever I feel like playing. Whatever is in my soul at the time is what I want to do. I have, thank god, enough people who are still interested in what I am doing so that I can go out and keep doing it.

Do you think music can still change how people think these days?

I think that it can cause reflection and discussion, which is all you can do.

What about in the past?

I try not to look back. I’m looking forward. I’m worried more about what I’m going to do next week than I am what I did last week. There are too many things to do. Looking back is for everybody else.

Well, let me have a look back. I’ve read that you refused to be filmed at Woodstock. Was that really true?

I believe it was.


That was a turning point when music was becoming media and music was turning into an industry instead of a direct communication between musicians and the audience. In my view, cameras had no place on stage. They could film from far away and it wouldn’t bother me at all.

Live performance of Heart of Gold in 1971 by Neil Young. At the beginning of the video, Neil Young searches his pockets trying to find the right harp.

Do you think music today is too corporate?

Well, I can’t imagine American Idol in the ’60s. It’s so different you can’t compare it. The idea that there is a contest for who can pose the best. They are all just imitating other people. I don’t know what that is.

Unfortunately that garbage works.

Well it’s the media. The media has got the whole thing. (sarcastic) But we don’t have to worry about that in the United States. We’ve got CNN. We have the best political team on television working the story, so we’ve got no problems. (Laughs)

So, what excites you these days?

Well, when I get excited about anything nowadays it’s either new music or energy. Those are the two subjects I’m most concerned with.

Your own new music?

Yeah, I’m always open to new stuff. I don’t sit and try to figure out what to do, I just wait for an idea to come.

And what excites you so much about energy?

We’re working on building an automobile that doesn’t have to go to a fueling station, that creates its own fuel. That’s really what I am focusing the rest of my life on. I am finished with everything else as far as I am concerned.

Besides music of course…

The music is great and it is nice because it gets people thinking, it moves people, but ultimately, to make a real change in the world, it’s going to have to come from energy. It’s going to have to come from physics and science.So I am working with physicists, scientists, and engineers around the world trying to build this car.

“We have been lulled into addiction and everything is built around it and you have to break out of it and think outside of the box.”

Source: The Talk

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