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Jason Schwartzman: I never have work plans

Jason Schwartzman says if people look at his IMDb page they’ll see he never has new work scheduled in.

The US star is known for his acting roles, but is also an accomplished screenwriter and musician.

He comes from the Coppola dynasty, with famed director Francis Ford his uncle. Despite his family connection to the industry, Jason doesn’t always land career defining parts.

“7 Chinese Brothers (2015) was the first movie where I knew ahead of time that I was doing it. You can meet an actor on the set of a movie then look them up in IMDb and see they’ve got like five more movies wrapped or in pre-production. Me, I never have that. If I’m making a movie, I never know what the next movie I’m gonna do will be,” Jason admitted to British newspaper The Guardian.

“This is such an odd business: I can’t tell you how many times I go on an audition, I get offered the part and the movie falls apart, or it gets made, but not with me in it.”

Luckily he has a strong working relationship with Wes Anderson and often teams up with him, appearing in The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Darjeeling Limited and Rushmore.

Jason’s latest film, Listen Up Philip, is released in the UK today, and tells the story of author Philip and the anger that builds as he awaits the publication of his second novel.

“I was very nervous. My reaction to reading the script was probably a lot like your reaction to seeing the movie; like this guy is so obnoxious, so abrasive, just off-putting. And I remember reading it and going, ‘I don’t know,’ because I thought, this is too much, I had to lay the script down,” Jason admitted.

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