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Schwartzman's thrills for jerk role

Jason Schwartzman has revealed that he liked delving into his narcissistic side for Listen Up Philip.

The Saving Mr Banks actor portrays Philip, a self-involved novelist who decides to swap New York City for an isolated country refuge, in the comedy-drama, written and directed by Alex Ross Perry.

" It was exciting to play this character who's in a very sad place in his life. It's a very different role," he said at the film's premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

His co-star Josephine de La Baume added: " It's unusual to see him in that kind of character, someone so unlikeable. He's a likeable guy in real life but his character is quite hated."

Filmmaker Alex admitted he was very impressed with his leading man, who has starred in films like Rushmore, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and The Darjeeling Limited.

"The character is quite mean-spirited. He's not outwardly antagonistic, he's just a grumpy guy," he said.

"We always knew it was a tricky character and if it was performed with any sense of malice or callousness, it was going to be very challenging for anybody to identify with him in any way. We always thought it would be great to get a nice guy to play a bad guy, and Jason's the nicest guy. He makes Philip softer around the edges than I think anyone else ever could have."

Jason, who used to be in a band, jammed in between breaks with co-stars Elisabeth Moss - who won a Golden Globe award for her role in crime drama Top Of The Lake - and Krysten Ritter.

"I think playing music is very relaxing and it's nice to be relaxed on set," he said.

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