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KCRW DJ Jason Bentley

Spinning at the Governors Ball after the 80th annual Academy Awards

KCRW DJ Jason Bentley, who’s spinning at the Governors Ball after the 80th annual Academy Awards.

You can hear Jason live on Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW (89.9 FM and most weeknights from 7:30 pm to 10 pm PST.

Last film I saw:
“Once,” directed by John Carney. I interviewed Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in front of a group of high school students for a Grammy in the Schools panel recently (magic!), and so I watched it to prep for the discussion.

Three films that mean a lot to me:
“Blade Runner,” directed by Ridley Scott
“A Clockwork Orange,” directed by Stanley Kubrickv“Collateral,” directed by Michael Mann

Who do you think is the best actor in Hollywood at the moment?
Daniel Day-Lewis, by a milkshake!

Who do you think was the brightest star of the silver screen?
Marlene Dietrich

If you could play any real-life person in a movie, who would it be and why?
Barack Obama. History is in the making right before our eyes, it would be amazing to be him at this moment.

Who do you look to for inspiration?

Song currently playing in my iPod:
“Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” Vampire Weekend

Three songs that mean a lot to me:
That’s a near impossible question to answer, but right now I’ll say “Be Here Now,” Ray LaMontagne; “God Only Knows,” the Beach Boys and “Pogo,” Digitalism.

Concert that changed your life:
Los Angeles rave scene, early ‘90s.

Guilty pleasures
* TV: “The Soup”
* Film: “Anchorman”
* Reading material: “Our Dumb World” by The Onion
* Web sites: The Daily Swarm
* YouTube video: Techno Viking!

Who is your inner Muppet?
Rowlf the Dog

Best hangover remedy?
Soon Tofu

What advice would you give to someone trying to break into your profession?
Stay in school.

Do you have a dream project?:
Working with Michael Mann.

What helps you get out of bed in the morning?
Peet’s Coffee

Who was your celebrity crush growing up?
Erin Gray from “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”

Are there any activities you do to make you feel un-famous?
Filling out Variety’s Pushy Questions!
(Editor’s note: Gee, thanks)

What’s more dangerous: a mountain lion or a bitter ex?
A mountain lion? Is that like a cougar from Malibu?

Would you rather see a Lakers game next to Jack Nicholson or a Knicks game next to Spike Lee?
Lakers with Jack all the way. I’ll drive though.

What is the single worst purchase you’ve made in the past year?
The iPhone. Definitely the worst phone service I’ve had.

What is the real reason behind answering these questions?
I don’t want Rachel (music department publicist) from KCRW to be upset.

Five people who I’d like to see answer this survey:
Amy Winehouse, Dave Chapelle, Hedi Slimane, Lou Reed, and Sophia Loren

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