August 23, 2011

Rashida Jones OUR IDIOT BROTHER interview slice

It’s the end of summer and that means that it’s finally time to see the films that everyone was talking about in Park City.  Our Idiot Brother, the first of the big sale items from the Sundance Film Festival hits theaters this Friday from the newly reinvigorated Weinstein Company.  Unlike many Sundance offerings, this is an audience-friendly comedy starring Paul Rudd as a stoner that means well.  The film also stars Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Zooey Deschanel and Elizabeth Banks.

Recently, I sat down with Jones to discuss the film. During our interview she told me about her straight-laced upbringing, her rebellious sister, the excitement of mainstream success, how she doesn’t sing or dance in The Muppets, how Rudd is a different kind of idiot than Fozzie Bear, the origins of Parks and Recreation and how winking at the camera is different from playing it straight.  Hit the jump to watch.

Rashida Jones

  • Since she has a mischievous on screen persona, was she a black sheep growing up
  • Was her sister like Paul Rudd’s character
  • Talks about how in the past year or two she’s gotten a lot more exposure due to Parks and Rec
  • Talks about her work in The Muppets. Says she doesn’t dance or sing in the movie but she did get to act with Muppets
  • Is it more challenging to work with Paul Rudd being an idiot or Fozzie
  • How did Parks and Recreation come about
  • Talks about the differences when you’re winking at the audience versus playing everything straight


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