Jason Schwartzman is a guy who wears many hats.  For most, he’s known as an actor, who broke out with a starring turn in Wes Anderson’s classic comedy RUSHMORE, where he played the lead role of Rushmore Academy over-achiever Max Fischer.  17 years later, Schwartzman is one of the most interesting character actors in Hollywood, but he hasn’t forgotten his indie roots.

In his newest film THE OVERNIGHT, Schwartman stars as Kurt, an eccentric Los Angeles father who strikes up a conversation with Alex (Adam Scott) and Emily (Taylor Schilling), a new-in-town couple looking to make friends in the area.  When they make plans for dinner at Kurt and his wife Charlotte’s (Judith Godreche) beautiful home, what starts as a simple, fun evening evolves into a night filled with booze-fueled debauchery that forces both parties to take a hard look at their respective relationships.

We met up with Jason in New York this week to talk about the project, and a few other projects he’s working on.  You can watch that video below.

The Overnight is released in UK cinemas Friday 26th June.


During the interview, we discuss:

  • Working with Patrick Brice
  • Reading THE OVERNIGHT for the first time
  • Working with Wes Anderson again


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