If you were going to travel around the world and seek some adventure, you sure could do a lot worse in the companion category than Jason Segel, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman. Just think of all the smart-alecky comments as they march alongside you, all the hijinks they’d get into visiting world’s most famous tourist traps, and all the different jails you’d probably land in. Ahh, good times.
Soon enough you won’t have to imagine it anymore: the comedy team is beginning work on “The Adventurer’s Handbook” under the watchful eyes of director/Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer.
“We’re doing it, I believe, in Spring,” Schwartzman said when we caught up with him recently, excited to shoot the comedy about a group of friends who trade in their monotonous lives for a globe-trotting adventure. “It’s the opportunity to work with people who I respect a lot, like Jonah and Jason and Akiva. Those are the kind of things you look for [in a project]; to work with people who are funny, talented and smart. It’s also a really funny movie, and a lot happens.”
“It’s very crazy and wild,” the star of “Rushmore” and the upcoming “Fantastic Mr. Fox” added, saying “Handbook” will bring a unique mix of action and asinine behavior. “It’s just a good, unexpected adventure movie.”
As Schwartzman’s fans know, the actor has been working overtime with his musical side for years, from Phantom Planet to Coconut Records to scoring “Funny People” for Judd Apatow. His character is a burned-out Grammy winner, but he was quick to point out that he doesn’t plan to spoof the music industry in any way.
“I’m not gonna spoof,” he insisted. “No, I don’t ever try to spoof anything.”
“I’m going to approach it as honestly and sincerely as I can, and try to be a guy who’s a successful musician,” Schwartzman explained. “Because it’s a really delicate script; I don’t want to tip it too far and make it like a big joke. It’s not a spoofy kind of movie, but I will be playing quite an interesting fellow.”
“I’m really excited about it,” he teased. “And I’m really excited about my hair in the movie.”
Excuse us? Schwartzman is losing the classic Beatles-esque shag cut for what? An afro? Dreadlocks? A Mohawk?
“I’m not gonna say,” he laughed, zipping his mouth. “That’s all papa’s got to say right now. I’m gonna leave you hanging. What happened to a cliffhanger? I gotta have a cliffhanger.”
What sort of haircut would you most like to see on Jason Schwartzman?