Jason Schwartzman: Crazy Like a Fox

The Bored to Death and Fantastic Mr. Fox star shares his self-deprecating views on sexuality, style, and surviving high school.




Do you agree with Ames that sexuality is grayer than black or white?
Well, there’s a great story arc for Ted Danson’s character, a magazine editor, where he feels he’s losing all his female readers. His therapist tells him to do something shocking with his life, so he decides to call a male escort to get in touch with the other side of his sexuality. He and the male escort have this amazing night, and Ted’s character quotes Klaus Kinski’s autobiography: “I can either fuck or get fucked — it’s all the same.” I love that line.

Ames also edited Sexual Metamorphosis: An Anthology of Transsexual Memoirs, so I wasn’t surprised to see I Want to Work for Diddy contestant Laverne Cox pop up in the first episode as a prostitute.
Isn’t she amazing? Laverne! She’s the best — and so smart.

Have you ever been offered a gay role?
No, they always skip over me and go right to the other guys.

You starred opposite Molly Shannon on the criminally short-lived 2004 sitcom Cracking Up, which was created by Mike White, who's bisexual. How was that experience?
Mike is actually one of my best friends. We talk all the time and have breakfast together weekly. I did the show because of how wonderful Mike is, so the saddest thing about it ending is that I couldn’t spend more time working with him. If I could, I would just live with Mike, but I think he likes to have his own space. He’s always welcome to come live with me, though.

A couple of years ago, White criticized Judd Apatow, with whom you recently worked in Funny People, for the bullying homophobic humor in his films. Can you see where White’s coming from?
I love both of those guys so much, so I don’t really want to comment on that.

For what it’s worth, I actually detected more homoeroticism than homophobia in Funny People. Do straight guys really talk about their penises that much?
Good question, but I don’t know. I spend a lot of time with my wife and my dog, so I don’t go to a lot of cock-talking parties.

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