How Jason Schwartzman sees the world

Jason Schwartzman is an odd little man that plays odd roles. He’s best known for his appearances in the Wes Anderson films “Rushmore,” and “The Darjeeling Limited” and other  indie-ish films “I Heart Huckabees,” and “Shopgirl.”

The Rushmore star is promoting  the strange HBO dramady Bored to Death. In Bored to Death, Schwartzman plays Jonathan Ames a poor yet published writer who spices up his life by becoming an unlicensed private investigator.

His uniqueness is in full bloom in his candid interview with Terry Gross below.

“This is an embarrassing story, and one that I feel terrible about because it will expose me as a low-key liar. But I did it and I brought it upon myself so I’m just going to come clean now. … I was finishing up a film, Funny People, that I was acting in that was taking up all of my days. And I was supposed to be writing the song, and every week I would get an e-mail from people at HBO saying, ‘How’s the song coming?’ And I would just say, ‘Everything is great,’ even though I had nothing written. And I would quickly invent something that I had written, and describe something, like, ‘I’ve come up with this walking bass line; I think it’s very right for the song,’ and they’d write back, ‘Great. Can’t wait to hear it.’ … Basically, I lied for a month on the fly about what was in this song, musically. Then it came time for me to submit a demo, and not to seem like a liar, I went back through all of my sent e-mails and saw all of the things I had said were in the song, wrote them down — and then basically to fulfill the lie, I wrote the song based on every fib I had e-mailed. And I wrote it in 10 minutes.”

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words to live by: bill parcells’ quarterback commandments

1. Ignore other opinions – Press or TV, agents or advisors, family or wives, friends or relatives, fans or hangers on – ignore them on matters of football, they don’t know what’s happening here.
2. Clowns can’t run a huddle – don’t forget to have fun but don’t be the class clown. Clowns and leaders don’t mix. Clowns can’t run a huddle.
3. Fat QBs can’t avoid the rush – A quarterback throws with his legs more than his arm. Squat and run.
4. Know your job cold – this is not a game without errors. Keep yours to a minimum. Study.
5. Know your own players – Who’s fast? Who can catch? Who needs encouragement? Be precise. Know your opponent.
6. Be the same guy every day – in condition. Preparing to lead. Studying your plan. A coach can’t prepare you for every eventuality. Prepare yourself and remember, impulse decisions usually equal mistakes.
7. Throwing the ball away is a good play – sacks, interceptions and fumbles are bad plays. Protect against those.
8. Learn to manage the game – personnel, play call, motions, ball handling, proper reads, accurate throws, play fakes. Clock. Clock. Clock. Don’t you ever lose track of the clock.
9. Get your team in the end zone – passing stats and TD passes are not how you’re going to be judged. Your job is to get your team in the end zone and that is how you will be judged.
10. Don’t panic – when all around you is in chaos, you must be the hand that steers the ship. If you have a panic button so will everyone else. Our ship can’t have a panic button.
11. Don’t be a celebrity QB – we don’t need any of those. We need battlefield commanders that are willing to fight it out, every day, every week and every season and lead their team to win after win after win.

Playlist – A Red House Painters week

“Have You Forgotten” (in Vanilla Sky)

“Japanese to English” (in Amateur)

“All Mixed Up” (in Excess Baggage)

“Carry Me Ohio” (in Shopgirl)

“Song for a Blue Guitar” (in The Girl Next Door)

“Around and Around” (in Tarnation)

“Lord Kill The Pain” (in Floundering)

hulu hoops and the police

G20, originally uploaded by StartPoint Media.

A friend’s creative protest in Pittsburgh’s G20 protest. She says she was “Trying to soften up the riot cops before they get hard on us!”

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