Saturday, June 26, 2010

Gratuitous Brunette: Jason Schwartzman

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In Hollywood terms, Jason Schwartzman's is a very noble lineage indeed...

The son of pop culture icon and perennial Trivial Pursuit (Silver Screen Edition) question subject Talia Shire* and the late producer Jack Schwartzman, today's lucky Gratuitous Brunette** represents a very fertile branch of the family tree that is Coppola.

His onscreen achievements include star turns in the 1998 film Rushmore*** and David O. Russell's I ♥ Huckabees, a romantic lead as Louis XVI which is as hapless as it is accurate opposite Kirsten Dunst as the title character in his cousin's Marie Antoinette, and such ensemble works as The Darjeeling Limited and Funny People among others; currently he's the star of the HBO series Bored to Death where he plays an unlicensed detective advertising himself on Craigslist

The rest of his time is taken up by music - as the drummer with Coconut Records and formerly of Phantom Planet - his new marriage (to designer Brady Cunningham), and whatever black magic he's practicing that helps him keep getting hotter and hotter...  (Hint: it seems to involve veganism.)

*Yo, Adrian!  Ring any bells?  How about If you touch my sister again, I'll kill you! Rat-tat-tat-tat!  No?  Seriously, maybe you need to get out less...
**Sarcasm, natch!  The Gratuitous Brunette is the world's singularly most underwhelming accolade - which is why it's typically accompanied by a strenuous sales pitch.
***In which he held his own opposite Bill Murray, whose career resurgence dates to this poem on celluloid by Wes Anderson - coincidentally (or not, depending on your outlook) the first film I ever bought a) on DVD, and b) from the Criterion Collection...
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