Interview with Jason Schwartzman
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And didn’t you just do something with Bill Murray?
Yeah, I did The Fantastic Mr. Fox.Is that done?
Yeah. It was cool. Now it has to be animated. George Clooney and Bill Murray did their stuff separately from me, because I was on a press tour, so I had to do mine in London. There was a moment when it looked like George Clooney, Bill Murray and myself would come together to do some recording – but it didn’t come together.
I was set to do it in London over one day – a full day. I asked Wes [Anderson] whether we could put aside some time first to talk about the movie, my character, his motivation… and so on. He said ‘sure, we’ll be fine… we’ll rehearse first and then talk about those things later – way before we record anything’. So anyway, it got to Friday, the day we were recording, and again I said ‘can we talk about it?’ and he said ‘we’ll be fine, we’ll rehearse it… we have the whole day’. Anyway, it’s about 2 o’clock – bear in mind I have a dinner at 8 o’clock that night – when we go check out the puppets. 7 o’clock rolls around and we still haven’t recorded anything. He says ‘should we cancel it? It might seem a bit rushed now if we do it”, and I said ‘yeah, it’ll be too rushed – lets cancel it’. Thing is, he’d already paid the money for the studio. So, he says ‘Lets just go in there and mess around [anyway]’. And what did we do? We did the entire movie in 20 minutes! Every single take! It was so much fun.How were the puppets?
So amazing - so great. It’s amazing to think that in this day and age, with the advances in technology and everything, when you do this kind of a movie, which is stop motion, you still have to click, or take your shot, and then move the puppet a little, click again, and so on… all with your hand. It’s hand-made. Amazing stuff.