'Shopgirl,' 'Pride' thesps visit <I>Variety</I> series

HOLLYWOOD – Variety‘s Screening series welcomed “Shopgirl’s” Jason Schwartzman for a Q&A Monday at the ArcLight, following a visit last week from “Pride & Prejudice” star Donald Sutherland and helmer Joe Wright.

SHOPGIRL

The magnetism among the three main actors could be likened to gravity, Schwartzman mused of his onscreen triangle with Claire Danes and Steve Martin.

“(I think of us) as our own solar system held together by a force,” he said. “There’s a chemistry and a love affair happening, a balance that’s delicate.”

More specifically, Schwartzman noted how Danes sparked inspiration for his own character, quirky rock slacker Jeremy. “When I first saw Claire, she animated Jeremy. It was like, he was invisible ink and she was like lemon juice or something,” he said.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

One conversation point at the Oct. 25 “Pride” Q&A was Wright’s personal prejudices surrounding the story.

“I thought it was for girls. I hadn’t read the book when I was sent the screenplay,” said Wright. “However, by page 15, I was laughing. And by page 16, I was crying into my lager. I feel like I just discovered the book. I wanted to share it.”

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