This week, Examiner Dorri Olds sat down with busy actor Justin Long to talk about everything from movies to walruses.
Dorri Olds: How do you feel about your nerdy-ish movie persona?
I guess I’ve been doing a lot of roles like that. It’s pretty similar to who I am. I’m not that different. I really miss playing characters less like me. I don’t think I’m quite as neurotic as Sam in “A Case of You,” or as unsure of myself. Certainly not now. There was a time when I was and maybe I continue to draw from that. I’m not quite as outwardly nervous or angsty. I hope anyway.
No you don’t seem that way. And you’re very handsome.
I usually don’t have a mustache and I apologize for that.
What is the mustache for? What are you working on?
My sex life. No, I’m kidding. It’s for a movie I’m doing with Kevin Smith next. It’s about a guy gets kidnapped by a psychopath. It’s a horror movie. It sounds really ridiculous but it’s going to be fun. The psychopath turns my character into a walrus. So I sent a photo of my mustache and said, “I can’t really grow one.” I can’t. I have strong follicles but they’re sparse. As you can see, so I get a patchy effect. Kevin said, “That’s perfect, you’ll be a walrus anyway.” I’ve been looking at walruses … I think you think I’m making this up, but I’m not. I’ve been looking at a lot of walrus pictures and they have, in fact, very bristly but sparse mustaches. [Laughs]
Do you get to say, “I am the walrus, coo cook ca choo.”?
You’d think I would, right? No. I don’t.
That’s too bad.
I know. Why else would you do a movie where you get turned into a walrus unless you got to say that? “Goo goo ga joob.” That’s what it is. I always thought it was “Coo coo ca choo.” I was going to send a tweet the other day to Kevin but realized I didn’t know how to spell it so I looked it up.
Oh, you mean I’m not the only one who pointed out that “I am the Walrus” thing?
I thought about it. Sorry.
When you write a script, like “A Case of You,” how painful is it when the actors want to change something?
It’s not, when you’re working with actors you really trust and admire, especially like Vince Vaughn. I think the part that we wrote for Vince was maybe a little bit underwritten and we couldn’t have been more thrilled by what Vince brought to it. Vince is a genius with dialogue.
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Justin Long gives a candid interview
Examiner Dorri Olds and actor Justin Long had many fun and lighthearted exchanges during their one on one interview.
Dorri Olds: Are you Jewish?
Justin Long: I’m not. I say that apologetically. I’m half Italian, and Catholic. Similar guilt issues and dinner conversations.
And Moms trying to feed you too much, right?
Yeah. That’s a fun question to start off with.
I’m Jewish, so don’t worry I’m not asking because I’m anti-Semitic. Just curious.
No, no, I didn’t think that. Most of my friends were Jewish growing up. I’d like to think of myself as an honorary Jew, if you’ll have me.
Yes, we’ll have you.
Justin Long talks openly during an interview
Dorri Olds: What is it like to write with a sibling?
It’s great. We have different strengths; he’s good at focusing on the story. He’s much smarter and good with structure. He’s funnier too. I don’t know, I guess he’s just better in general. [Laughs] I tend to write too much and look for too many jokes. He’s good at centering me and I love writing with him.
Justin Long stars with Evan Rachel Wood in the movie, ‘A Case of You’
Justin Long wrote the screenplay for the romantic comedy “A Case of You,” which stars Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell, Vince Vaughn, Brendan Fraser, Busy Philipps, and Sienna Miller.
Justin Long stars in ‘Best Man Down’
In “Best Man Down,” a newlywed couple (Justin Long and Jess Weixler) cancels their honeymoon and returns to the snowy Midwest to make the funeral arrangements for their best man, who died unexpectedly after their ceremony.
Justin Long talks about writing with his brother Christian Long
Is Christian jealous of your success?
He would be the one to ask. He had aspirations to be an actor, but we spent so much time together in LA and I think he saw the downside.
Justin Long talked about the challenges of growing a mustache
Justin Long: I can’t really grow a mustache. I have strong follicles but they’re sparse. As you can see, so I get a patchy effect.
Justin Long talks about playing a man turned into a walrus
Justin Long: In a movie I’m working on, a psychopath turns my character into a walrus. I’ve been looking at a lot of walrus pictures and they have, in fact, very bristly, but sparse, mustaches.