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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