Film: I Heart Huckabees
Why: On the strength of two indie films, “Rushmore” and this year’s “I Heart Huckabees,” Jason Schwartzman’s status as cult favorite is forever secure. The son of Talia Shire, he grew up in the illustrious Coppola clan, although he remains refreshingly unjaded by Hollywood and admits to getting starstruck when meeting icons like “Huckabees” co-star Dustin Hoffman. Schwartzman also has spent 10 years in the band Phantom Planet, whose pop anthem “California” is the theme song to “The OC,” and is working on a solo music career.
Glenn Kenny, film critic for Premiere magazine, says, “He seems to be something of an archetype, the disaffected, precocious, alienated but not too far gone on the cynical side guy, a little like Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate,’ only with more overt angst.”
Quote: “I try not to rely too much on luck or winging things. I just try not to have things on my will-not-do list. I think it’s a little limiting. I hope I have an open mind. If there’s one thing I strive for, it’s to work with people like David O. Russell who are amazingly talented. All I can hope for is to learn and investigate. The ultimate thing is to love the thing you’re doing and be passionate about it.”
What’s next: Wrapped “Shopgirl,” filming “Bewitched” with Will Ferrell and donning a wig in “Marie Antoinette” for cousin Sofia Coppola.