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Quint chats with Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson about Zombies, Facebook and a certain cameo...

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. As promised, I held off on posting this interview with the stars of ZOMBIELAND until after its first weekend. We talk a lot of spoilers, especially about the now infamous cameo, so hopefully now you’ve gotten a chance to see the movie and can read this without the danger of spoilerage. Below you’ll find my chat with Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. We cover a lot of ground, including a bit about Eisenberg’s upcoming leading role in David Fincher’s THE SOCIAL NETWORK (which is known conversationally as “The Facebook Movie”). We start right after I was introduced to the two of them as being with Ain’t It Cool News. Enjoy the chat!

Jesse Eisenberg: The last movie I was in, when I saw it, I spoke to my agent and said, “You know, the movie’s really good.” She was like, “Well, no one cares until Ain’t It Cool News likes it.”

Quint: Was that ADVENTURELAND?

Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah. She was like, “it has to be viewed by some objective source, like Ain’t It Cool News. You can’t just have the producer tell you that it’s good…” Woody Harrelson: Who are you guys with?

Quint: Ain’t It Cool News. You know Harry Knowles, the big red headed dude?

Woody Harrelson: Yeah, yeah.

Quint: It’s his site.

Jesse Eisenberg: They pioneered Internet movie writing. Woody Harrelson: Really? Jesse Eisenberg: I think you changed the industry, right?

Quint: Well, not me personally. Harry did. I was there, but Harry was the lead.

Jesse Eisenberg: I mean it like underlined the film industry by releasing early reviews of things in a very public and…

Quint: It was opening up film discussion early.

Jesse Eisenberg: I shouldn’t have said, “Undermined it,” but it’s “undermined the system.”

Quint: Well it undermined the NRG, the national test screening guys.

Jesse Eisenberg: Oh, I see.

Quint: We have always been very filmmaker friendly. We love movies, that’s why we do what we do. There isn’t really an outlet, like ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY and ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, they are all gossip stuff. They don’t really cover movie…

Jesse Eisenberg: Oh, you guys don’t really do gossip?

Quint: We love movies, not gossip.

Kraken: There are rumors with like casting and stuff like that, but not like personal gossip stuff.

Jesse Eisenberg: That’s nice. Woody Harrelson: You guys are based in Austin?

Quint: Yeah, we live here yeah.

Woody Harrelson: So do you know like Rick Linklater and stuff?

Quint: A little bit, yeah.

Woody Harrelson: Have you done some interviews with him?

Quint: The Austin community is so tightly knit, so I knew Linklater and Mike Judge and Rodriguez when I was like fifteen or sixteen, because I would go to all of the same movies that they did. They are movie lovers. They don’t do it for paychecks, so they are out watching movies all of the time and so you just run into them.

Woody Harrelson: Those guys are great. Really great.

Quint: It’s really cool. You worked with Rick on A SCANNER DARKLY, right?

Woody Harrelson: Yeah! I really like him a lot. Jesse Eisenberg: Was that a movie that is like animated over people? Woody Harrelson: Yeah. It was shot and then painted over, yeah…

Quint: And they shot it on video, right? He shot it very low tech and they animated over it, so it was very…

Woody Harrelson: Which he had done before with… What was that?


Woody Harrelson: I don’t know if he was the one who just kind have invented that whole style. I hadn’t seen it before…

Quint: I hadn’t seen it before WAKING LIFE, either, and then they did a lot of commercials like that with credit cards and stuff. I saw ZOMBIELAND. Obviously it’s up my alley and I was very disappointed to learn that I wouldn’t make it very far in the zombie apocalypse.

Jesse Eisenberg: (laughs) Yes, you would! You are smart, so you would figure it out.

Quint: I would have to get the cardio going way in advance of an outbreak. Then I might stand a chance…

Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah, but you would know every rule, because you have probably seen every zombie movie.

Quint: I have seen a lot of zombie movies. That is true.

Jesse Eisenberg: Did you like the movie? You guys are, like, the authority on it.

Quint: I loved the movie. Everybody that I talked to at the press screening did, too. I love that (director) Ruben [Fleischer] essentially took John Wayne and Woody Allen and put them in a zombie movie. I love that.

Woody Harrelson: (laughs) Jesse Eisenberg: You really think I’m like John Wayne?

Quint: Yeah, absolutely! [Laughs]

Woody Harrelson: Thank you, by the way! Jesse Eisenberg: Woody Allen is amazing. [To Harrelson] I’m a huge fan of Woody Allen, so it’s an honor to meet somebody who is kind of like him. (laughs)

Quint: It’s two types you never see in that situation and I think it’s really difficult to walk that line of having a horror story that is a comedy. It’s really difficult to not make it ridiculous, but I think you guys brought a lot to the movie in that the characters were people who were a little bit larger than life, but they were also relatable. Do you know what I mean? I guess the first question should be, how did you guys work on that? Was it all there in the script or did you guys work to achieve that?

Woody Harrelson: There was a lot of great stuff in the script. The script, I think both of us were knocked out by the script, but luckily Ruben, as well as the writers and executive producers were open to us trying new stuff and there are a lot of really funny stuff that he added to it that I’ve got to say… I was just talking with a buddy of mine, Owen, earlier, because he was asking me about that. I said “Yeah, Jesse comes up with incredible stuff on the fly and I think he’s really brilliant,” like stuff that even I was thinking, “Well, I don’t think that’s that funny.” But then you watch the movie and it’s just hysterical! Jesse Eisenberg: I had the opposite reaction. I thought when you said something, Iwas like “That’s hysterical” and then you watch the movie and it just falls flat. “This is a scene where I can go to the bathroom.” When I read the script, like Woody said, I loved it. I thought the characters were so much more sophisticated than… It was written in such a more sophisticated way than you read in most of these things. I thought… I’m very sensitive anything cutesy or kitschy. When I met with Ruben and he said Woody was going to do it, I knew immediately the acting would be respected, because you don’t get a guy like Woody Harrelson to be in a movie like this if you are not going to take the character seriously and he’s not going to sign on to something that treats the characters in an unnecessary way or make them look foolish or be shoehorned into a plot or something like that.

Quint: So, it was almost like a safety checklist.

Jesse Eisenberg: Exactly. Woody Harrelson: You are very kind. Jesse Eisenberg: It’s true. That’s the first thing you asked Ruben, right? Woody Harrelson: Yeah, that was one of our early conversations, I was just hoping it wouldn’t be too off, you know? Some of these movies can be really over the top. You want to be over the top, but within bounds.

Quint: Well, you have got to live by the rules of your universe. And this universe has a lot of rules. (laughs) It’s very inventive in the way they present the rules system. When they came up on the screen was really funny, but my favorite parts were when they don’t show up on the screen, but the audience knows that you are following your rules, like when you check the backseat when steering that car off the road.

Jesse Eisenberg: It feels like you are in on the inside joke of the movie when the rules come up or sometimes the rules are hidden in the scenes, like he says… You really can’t hear it that much, because I think you have a joke right before you say this, but when he smashes up this minivan, he’s like “I think I pulled something.” Way in the background it says “Limber up” on the car. It’s so creative and half the audience catches it and they like nudge to their friend. You just feel like you are in on something.

Quint: Background humor. That’s kind of a lost art form in comedy.

Jesse Eisenberg: Like THE SIMPSONS.

Quint: THE SIMPSONS does it. The Zucker Brothers were masters of it back in the day.

Jesse Eisenberg: By having something not relevant to the story in the background.

Quint: Yeah, something hilarious and just another story going on, something else happening. That gives the movie layers. You can see a movie more than once, get a lot out of it and shift your focus if you need to.

Jesse Eisenberg: Do they do that a lot in, like SUPERHERO MOVIE and…


Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah, those.

Quint: No, those are so surface. Those movies are more focused on just repeating a scene that you will recognize. There’s not really a through story. You look at something like TOP SECRET or AIRPLANE!. They are knockoffs of certain movies, but they are their own story whereas the newer spoof movies are just like “Oh, I’ve seen that! That’s THE RING!”

Jesse Eisenberg: So do you guys like those movies at your website?

Quint: No.

Jesse Eisenberg: No? Okay. Woody Harrelson: You don’t like the Zuckers?

Quint: No, I love the Zuckers. I thought you meant like…

Jesse Eisenberg: No, these are like… Can you explain them? I have never seen them, but I know what they are. They do parodies of genre films.

Quint: They will take a genre and cram as many recognizable characters and famous scenes as they can into one movie. This new trend started with SCARY MOVIE, I guess.

Jesse Eisenberg: SCARY MOVIE, that’s what it’s called.

Quint: The SCARY MOVIEs aren’t the worst of them. I actually really like the second Scary Movie, because it feels more like what the Zuckers used to do.

Kraken: They have started doing so many of them in the last two years that it is just sort of diminishing returns.


Woody Harrelson: So, like that SNAKES ON A PLANE, is that like one?

Quint: That wasn’t really like these movies. That was kind of a throwback to a Roger Corman type thing. It was just a big dumb exploitation movie, you know? The tongue and cheek was a little bit too much, because they weren’t taking themselves seriously, but it’s not a spoof movie.

Woody Harrelson: That is one of the things that I really like about (Zombieland). The tone of it and the way Ruben frames it tonally… You always feel like it’s real. You are not feeling… I’m trying to think of an exception to it, but I think throughout the movie you really feel like “Okay.” Once you get into it with what’s happening, you start caring for Jesse’s character almost immediately, then you just kind of jump in with the journey and you are with it, you know? You are never feeling like “Oh, this is bullshit… Come on…” When it is a joke with things like in the background and stuff, you eat it all up. You take it all.

Quint: Look at THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Those characters are larger than life, but they are not unrealistic. They are not really anybody that really exists in your world, but you see enough true-life characteristics in the Dude and Walter.

Woody Harrelson: There will only be one The Dude. That’s one of the greatest characters ever!

Quint: Absolutely and that’s the balance. If less talented filmmakers and actors put their hands on it, that could have dropped. It just wouldn’t have worked. I think a lot of the same thought goes into the characters here. I get that same feeling where its people I recognize, but they are not… They are bigger than life, especially your character, a badass zombie killer, but there’s something that grounds the comedy.

Kraken: I think I heard somebody at the screening say that they want a Tallahassee diorama action figure of you in the carnival booth with the zombie around.

Woody Harrelson: I’m going to go do some pushups as soon as soon as we are done here. (laughs)

Quint: This interview is not going to run until after the movie comes out, because I really want to talk about Bill Murray. I really really really want to talk about Bill Murray...

Woody Harrelson: (laughs)

Quint: I mean, Woody… You got to be a Ghostbuster for Christ’s sake. I knew in advance that he was going to be in the movie, but I didn’t know to what extent and I was surprised by how big his role actually was.

Woody Harrelson: So it didn’t hurt any that you knew in advance?

Quint: Well, I think it’s better not to know. It’s better for the surprise, but it certainly didn’t hurt my enjoyment.

Kraken: It’s almost like a geek sin to ruin that, so everybody at the festival was like “If somebody ruins that for you, they deserve a punch in the face.” “Don’t let anyone ruin the surprise for you, so punch them in the mouth and punch them in the mouth hard!” Woody Harrrelson: (laughs) It’s great. I think he was amazing. That was all in a day.

Quint: That was all in one day? How much of that was planned in advance? Or was it all just figured out on the fly?

Woody Harrelson: The interesting thing is that the way they had the part written before was much different from how it ended up with Bill. It was supposed to be some big stars house in Beverly Hills, but other than that… He was supposed to be an actual zombie, so there was no dialogue whatsoever and none of the stuff of him getting… I don’t know if we should talk about it… Jesse Eisenberg: Do we get to say what happens?

Quint: Yeah, this will run after the movie comes out.

Jesse Eisenberg: So the fact that he gets (makes a gun motion with his fingers). That’s okay?

Quint: You kill Bill Murray, so you’ve got to talk about it.

Jesse Eisenberg: That was like a major debate, like the day before he came, we weren’t sure what the hell was going to happen and I think one of the producers thought it would be really funny to have him pretend to scare one of us and we kill him and how funny that would be. When I heard that, I thought it was the stupidest thing, because I just thought this movie was going to turn so broad and dumb if you kill off a character… we had already filmed the end of the movie, so there would be no way to acknowledge it, that we did this thing. You watch this movie and it’s like the greatest thing in the world and you don’t care. Woody Harrelson: It’s the biggest moment of the movie when he gets shot, right? Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah. Yeah and then the next scene is like Woody telling like a really sad story and it doesn’t seem to butt heads in anyway.

Quint: It works, yeah.

Jesse Eisenberg: It’s just the tone of the movie. I’m shocked that all of that stuff was able to come together in that way.

Quint: And I think Emma (Stone) kills it in that scene, too! When she giggles. “He just gets me.” I so want that painting of Bill Murray with the crown.

Woody Harrelson: It’s great, right? Jesse Eisenberg: It must have been painted the day before. Woody Harrelson: Remember, he wasn’t in it until maybe two days before that.

Quint: It’s an absolutely killer scene. Everybody is talking about it for good reason, because not only is it just “Oh cool, I love Bill Murray and he’s in the movie,” but I love that it’s this exaggerated version of Bill Murray that lives in this amazing mansion with his paintings of himself everywhere. At the point that your character is meeting him, he’s so lonely that he’s desperate for human contact that he’s willing to go and dress up as a Ghostbuster. We might never get GHOSTBUSTER 3, but we have that scene now, so that’s at least something. So what are you guys working on next? You have that Facebook movie, right?

Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah.

Quint: That’s really cool. I’ve heard that’s an amazing script.

Jesse Eisenberg: It’s a good script, yeah. Woody Harrelson: I hear that director is not bad either! Jesse Eisenberg: He likes to get things right. (laughs) Woody Harrelson: Doesn’t he like to do like a million takes? Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah. We haven’t shot yet, but he’s told me that. Woody Harrelson: Really? Jesse Eisenberg: Yeah. I guess he probably told a lot of actors and they ran out of the room and I was the only one who stayed, but yeah he’s a brilliant director.

Quint: It sounds great. The cast that they have announced is really interesting to me. Andrew Garfield is really awesome. I think he’s going to do really well here.

Jesse Eisenberg: Andrew Garfield, yeah, he’s great. Justin Timberlake is playing this guy who created like Napster and Justin Timberlake isn’t probably all that similar to that guy, but the movie presents him as this rock star that comes and convinces me to leave that guy who I started (Facebook) with, so it’s very clever and creative casting.

Quint: I think he’s underrated as an actor as well.

Jesse Eisenberg: He’s also a really good actor. Woody Harrrelson: I thought he did a really good job in that one with Ben Foster. ALPHA DOG.

Quint: Oh yeah? I liked him in SOUTHLAND TALES.

Woody Harrelson: What’s that?

Quint: SOUTHLAND TALES, the Richard Kelly movie which was kind of a trainwreck of a movie, but he was really good in it.

Jesse Eisenberg: He’s been great from what little rehearsals I’ve had with him.

Quint: What about you ,Woody? What are you up to?

Woody Harrelson: Well, I’m gainfully unemployed. I did a movie called THE MESSENGER, which I’m really excited about, with Ben Foster by the way, and another called DEFENDOR, which was at Toronto Film Festival and then got picked up by Sony. Jesse Eisenberg: Really? Woody Harrelson: Yeah. Jesse Eisenberg: Congratulations! Woody Harrelson: Thank you. It was made for like two and a half million dollars and it’s kind of a… I’m sort of a somewhat retarded guy who thinks he’s a superhero and bullets don’t bounce off, but he’s out trying to fight crime and he’s getting the shit kicked out of him. I just thought it was really. I was thinking, the odds of this thing being good… and then I watched it man and thought it was fantastic, but even still the odds of it getting picked up…

Quint: You both have worked on some smaller movies and ZOMBIELAND itself isn’t exactly a giant big budget picture. Do you find, when you discover these two and half million dollar movies, these smaller movies, is there an attraction to you and an excitement about doing smaller?

Jesse Eisenberg: Oh yeah. Much more so. I much prefer that. I did a movie that we had started right before ZOMBIELAND for like 19 days and I prefer that, because there’s like a momentum that’s created and sustained for a 19 day shoot, whereas this movie you might have a week off or something. You’ll be in the entire movie, but you’ll miraculously have a week off for some reason. Or you with have six hours where you are sitting in the (trailer) and so you just go out there and maintain your energy. I find it very difficult. Just watching you (Woody), you seem to handle it really well, but it was very difficult for me. Woody Harrelson: Well I think it’s a hard thing when you have to kind of put together in your head all of these little tiny splinters that are going to make up this action sequence. That kind of stuff I think is hard, but you know, this one yeah isn’t a big budget movie at all, but fortunately they are getting behind it like it was, so that’s cool.

Jesse Eisenberg: You mean Sony? Woody Harrelson: Yeah. I mean for like advertising and things. They are getting behind it. Jesse Eisenberg: When you watch it, it doesn’t seem like there was anything compromised and it seems like every scene is just fun to look at.

Quint: Yeah, the movie doesn’t feel like it’s watered down and a lot of times… I think that’s a benefit of being a smaller film, too. I really dug the movie. I think the horror fans are really going to dig it and the comedy. I think the movie is going to reach a lot of people.

Jesse Eisenberg: You don’t think that people are going to mind that the movie is funnier than it is scary?

Quint: There are going to be some people, but that’s not what this movie is. It’s like going into AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and saying “This is bullshit, how come the whole thing isn’t scary?” That movie lives by the rules of its universe and this movie does too. That’s what a movie has to do, it’s just when it starts getting inconsistent. If it feels like it’s betraying what it’s setting up, just because it’s easier for the scenario.

Jesse Eisenberg: Right, like right at the end it turns contrived so it can be scary, because you are trying to put everything at the end. In fact, while we were shooting I was worried the ending would just feel inconsistent to the rest of the movie, because it was so action-oriented and the rest of the movie felt like a lot of character and dialogue. When I was watching, I was so amazed. There are little moments of great irony and it’s really tense and still really fun. Woody Harrelson: So, you guys consider yourselves like more aficionados like with genre films specifically?

Quint: Yeah, but to a degree. I love Busby Berkeley musicals. I love noir. I love all films, but I grew up on horror.

Kraken: You’ve got to say there’s a special place in our hearts for horror films, though.

Quint: Well, certainly. I’ve got a DAWN OF THE DEAD one sheet back home on my wall and a John Carpenter’s THE THING one-sheet, but at the same time JAWS is my favorite movie. You could call that a horror movie or an adventure movie or a men-on-a-mission. It has a monster in it, but it’s not really what I think of when I think “horror.”

Woody Harrelson: JAWS is? So, let me ask you, do you ever go out swimming in the ocean, do you not just naturally think…

Quint: I can’t swim a swimming pool without thinking there’s a great white shark in there with me.

[Everybody Laughs]

Jesse Eisenberg: Do you take showers?

Quint: [Laughs] I do take showers, yes! No baths!

Woody Harrelson: That’s why I can’t watch movies like that. After JAWS, it took me years and I’m an ocean guy. It took me years before I could relax and just go out swimming. I think only a few years ago I finally got through it! (laughs)

Kraken: The scary thing about JAWS is that shit does happen. Sharks do attack people.

Woody Harrelson: Yeah, but you probably are ten times more chance to get into an accident walking on the street than getting bit.

Quint: But Michael Myers isn’t going to walk around a corner and slice your face off. You can go swimming in shark-infested waters.

Kraken: Sharks are beautiful creatures, don’t get me wrong.

Quint: Alright, well thank you guys so much for taking the time.

Woody Harrelson: Thank you! It was a pleasure. Jesse Eisenberg: Thank you so much. What do you write under?

Quint: “Quint.” My favorite movie is JAWS, so… there you go.

Jesse Eisenberg: Oh, I get it. Nice to meet you!

I had a blast talking with both of them. Forgive the tangents, especially at the beginning and end… I have no idea how they read, but they’re my favorite part of doing these kinds of interviews. It’s a taste thing, I’m sure, but I hope the conversational stuff reads as fun as it is to be there for. Congratulations to the ZOMBIELAND team for winning the weekend. I expect that means many of you fell in love with the movie as much as I did. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

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  • Oct. 5, 2009, 4:44 a.m. CST

    cool interview

    by bizarroAsimovlives

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Great interview, Quint

    by Chakraborty

    It's funny, Jesse's insecurity comes through sometimes as he keeps asking Quint for reassurance that he liked the movie. And personally, I was kind of sad to see Murray get shot. For some reason, I would have rather he was eaten by a horde of zombies while heroically fighting them off to protect the others. I know it's a comedy, but still, Bill Murray doesn't go out like that.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Excellent interview

    by viranth

    I love interviews like this, very entertaining.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 5:07 a.m. CST

    I like the tangents

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Very nice interview Quint.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Didn't like Bill's cameo...

    by Ronald Raygun

    The basic idea of having Bill Murray playing himself as a survivor of a zombie apocalypse only to get shot during a practical joke is brillant. The fact that he quotes Ghostbusters, apologizes for Garfield and has a long, unfunny death scene is just shameless pandering to fanboys (not in a cool way, more in an annoying, Kevin Smith won't stop referencing Star Wars kinda way). As a matter of fact, the whole movie was kinda just shameless pandering to fanboys.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 5:55 a.m. CST

    QUINT, WTF?!?!?

    by Playkins

    You talk about a cameo, and blow the surprise without a spoiler warning??? Would've been nice, dontcha think?

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Mick LaSalle deserves to be punched in the face

    by wizmotron

    Mick's the reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle and since he didn't like the movie very much he seemed to see no problem in blatantly talking about the cameo. Hence, according to this interview, he should be punched in the face. Sorry, Mick.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 6:06 a.m. CST

    Oh, Ronald Raygun-

    by Playkins

    Same to you, buddy. Spoiler warnings are considerate thing. Thanks to Quint, I won't be surprised. Thanks to you I know exactly what happens. Nice.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 6:13 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    There is a spoiler box around the headline and I did wait until after the first weekend of release. I even mention in the headline that we talk about the cameo... not to mention my blatant spoiler warning in the intro. Sorry you got spoiled, but aside from installing an age gate-like "Are you sure you want to read this interview?!?" pop-up I did everything I could to get this interview published and protect those who might not want to know.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 6:22 a.m. CST


    by TheBlackKnight

    They're idiots. They don't deserve a response.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST


    by TheBlackKnight

    They're just being sarcastic bastards.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST

    So how long before there are TV spots with the cameo spoiled?

    by Spifftacular Squirrel Girl

    Still won't beat Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift which showed off the Vin Diesel cameo a week before it was even in theaters. <p> As for spoilers... I was pretty certain that this article had the spoiler box wrapped around it when I read it.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Ronald Raygun

    by Mostholy

    Well-put. Not to open a continuing coax fight over here, but the movie had that aggravating Family Guy feel to it, as if random pop-culture references (Ghostbusters, Caddyshack) and slobbering fan service (see also: Robot Chicken) are inherently funny by themselves.<br /><br /> I thought Zombieland was well-meaning, but underwhelming and mostly unmemorable.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST

    i can't believe anyone...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...especially someone working in the movies, needs aintitcool explained to them! it the most famous and notorious movie website in the history of the internet! anyway, can't wait til wednesday when i'm going to see this.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 7:42 a.m. CST


    by The InSneider

    No mention of the Kingpin reunion between Woody and Murray? And I wish you'd asked Jesse about The Fuck-Up, an adaptation he was attached to that he;d be perfect for. Otherwise, good stuff.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 7:44 a.m. CST

    ok, just read the whole interview..

    by billyhitchcock

    ..and i don't mind spoilers before a film, this site pretty much invented them, but although the interview itself was very good quint i was totally frustrated for you :-) having to explain the site and that whole bit about them not understanding the difference between the zuckers and the wayans shit had me pulling my hair out! i love both as actors, and jesse seemed quite switched on, but does woody live in a cave?

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Great job Quint and Co.

    by blakindigo

    The tangents read as conversational banter. It doesn't seem like a publicist rushed Q&A, but like you're sitting down drinking…<br><br>No mention of the movie's opening titles and pre-credit sequence? That was a great introduction to the world. Also, the voice-over was pretty damned funny…

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Woody Harrelson Not Knowing About AICN Website

    by Red Dawn Don

    Woody Harrelson Not Knowing About the AICN Website is kinda lame. However, one of my biggest pet peeves is when some actor gets a sweet starring role in a show and then tells how they have never seen the earlier shows. Kate Mulgrew did that with Star Trek: Voyager. Ruined that show for me. Plus I had my heart set on hottie Genevieve Bujold playing Captain Janeway. Not Mrs Columbo by way of the Ryan's Hope soap opera.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Not a great interview

    by enderandrew

    But a fun conversation none the less. It felt more like they were interviewing Quint.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    Red Dawn Don...

    by billyhitchcock, i read the title of your post and imagined some AICN haters' diatribe about 'why should Harrelson know about your shitty little site' :-) when we all know that it's widely read by the industry as a way of determining the geek pulse.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Good Stuff

    by The_Ad_Wizard_Who_Came_Up_With_This_One

    Noone really does these meandering interviews except you guys. This was a really cool one again. Now if you guys could send Quint to do the more artsy interviews as well and not always that asshole Beaks (because he calls himself a cineaste or what? what's the deal?) the site would be even better. but at least with stuff like this it remains the best movie site on the net.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Zombie rules...ruled!

    by Powerring

    That was one of the most rippingly funny deadpan parts of the movie! It was almost like part of Max Brook's Zombie survival guide. It was a great antithesis to Tennessee's kill em all approach.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Dammit Playkins

    by Captain RawBeard

    You just spoilt the fact the spoiler is spoiled in this article and now I feel doubly spoiled.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    "SOUTHLAND TALES. What's that?" LOL!

    by YackBacker

    Poor Richard Kelly. <p>If they ever do a biopic on Ted Turner, Woody needs to play him. Also, nobody has mentioned it yet, but Woody in NCFOM was awesome. Great interview, Quint.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Red Dawn Don, re: Bujold

    by YackBacker

    She was terrible in those initial scenes shot for VOYAGER. I am not making it up-- watch here:

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 10:24 a.m. CST

    So what if Woody Harrelson didn't know about AICN

    by Crawfish

    that guy's about "out there" as you can get. isn't he always going on spirit quests in those native american sweat lodges while doing crazy amounts of weed and peyote? not that i'm judging...

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 10:37 a.m. CST

    So every one is supposed to know ?

    by liljuniorbrown

    I had no idea that every one in Hollywood is supposed to know about this site. I'm not being sarcastic either, I just didn't think this site was a known must read for hollywood types. Here's my questions..... if all of you actors,screen play writers,and producers are reading this,then why and the fuck can't some one make a good Superman movie? Why do you insist on remaking every fucking thing that ever made money? Do any of you know that Channing Tatum sucks as an actor? Why would you put him in anything? I could go on all day,but I just wanted to know how questions like that go unanswered if AICN is read and taken seriously by these people. If your going to read it hollywod atleast take notes.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 10:50 a.m. CST

    unfortunately lil jr...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...reading this site doesn't make them better writers, directors or producers and it doesn't make them less greedy :-) the people that attain power generally make it there because of a ruthlessness that doesn't go hand in hand with the creativeness that is needed to make good art, eg. films.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Actors not knowing about AICN...

    by conspiracy

    Look, if you made somewhere between high 6-8 figures a year, spent 20-30 weeks of the year on set shooting a film, and those weeks you were not working in Cabo San Lucas fucking underage hookers, eating fish tacos, smoking high grade cannabis and sleeping until wouldn't even know what fucking year it was much less what AICN is.</p><p>The only reason we get guys like Roberto Orci dropping by is so they can interact with people who actually know who the fuck they are, and maybe steal a few ideas.</p><p>So Woody not knowing what this site is makes sense.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 11:18 a.m. CST

    And speaking of Woody...How good was the Contact high Quint?

    by conspiracy

    I've heard just being in the same city as that guy is enough to make you fail a drug test. Being in the same room with the dude would probably put most fuckers in a fetal position.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST

    They seem pretty cool

    by Just_Some_Guy

    Woody is a pretty decent actor. I'm excited to see this movie. I am always curious to hear actors talk about other movies, so I appreciate the tangents, Quint. I think it'd be cool to hear more of them. Like, how about some interviews of actors about totally off-topic stuff.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 12:06 p.m. CST

    I've always liked Woody Harelson

    by liljuniorbrown

    He's got his own views on things but he doesn't take it to Steven Seagal type levels. I'd much rather listen to Woody debate the helpful benefits of cannibas than listen to Steven Segal explain how he can heal peoples souls with his music and trust me, I've heard the " message" of Steven Segal. That was thirty priceless minutes of my life.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Eisenberg cannot act for shit

    by mintoncard

    You left out the part of the interview where Eisenberg talks about doing his Cera impression when on camera for EVERY MOVIE HE IS IN. What an idiot.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Eisenberg in a Fincher movie...

    by mintoncard

    Maybe the director can get Eisenberg to FUCKING ACT for once.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 12:23 p.m. CST

    thanks for spoiling it asswipe

    by animas

    just kidding , i already saw it

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Great interview!

    by Count3D

    Caught the movie the other night, thanks for not spoiling the big cameo. Eisenberg and Harrelson sound like pretty cool dudes.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST


    by donduck

    If there was a weird bizzaro world where Bill Murray and Chevy Chase were to start their careers today, my lord, please watch as the lame internet fanboys eat them up..

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 1 p.m. CST

    Ronald Raygun

    by shodan6672

    Your GREATLY overestimate the importance of "fanboys". The director made the film he wanted to and included a hilarious cameo. Way to ruin a movie for yourself by overthinking it. A well written, acted, directed film that didn't insult the intelligence of the audience. How terrible. You are entitled to your opinion, but I have a problem with your reasoning.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Y'know with the right hairpiece....

    by thelordofhell

    Woody Harrelson would make a pretty good Captain America.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    You pandering to the Timberlake casting is ridiculous

    by IndustryKiller!

    You know damn well the guy is fucking terrible. And Southland Tales? He was HORRIBLE in that, mugging at the camera with that ridiculous deep voice. The sequence in the arcade with the killers song has to be on of the worst scenes in film history. Its pathetic Timberlake trying to look ooooo scary, dark, and distant by making angry eyes at the camera and pouring beer that is somehow as colorless as water on his head, I bet he ad libbed that one, what a thespian.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 1:27 p.m. CST

    QUINT: Well, god damn!

    by Playkins

    I didn't even see the spoiler warning box, was it there when you first posted? My bad apparently.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 1:34 p.m. CST

    BM Cameo fucking RULED!!!

    by HarryCalder

    Seriously, if you have a problem with that, there's no hope for you. Maybe the best sequence in that movie. And holy jebuz, Emma Stone has turned into a Stone Cold SuperFox! Zombieland has it all, I tells ya...

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 2:14 p.m. CST

    No one was good in Southland Tales, NO ONE!!!

    by drewlicious

    One of the sorriest pieces of work I have seen in the last decade. Normally when the script is crap the technical issues are at least handled competently. Not in this case. I have seen student films, at community colleges no less, that were shot better than that. And almsot every actor in that film tanked, and these are some really good actors, but you can't give a good performance if you can't make heads or tails of the script. Timblerakes performance was completely superficial but then again that's the best you can hope for with anyone in that role.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Also, I have never seen Jesse Eisenberg and Michael Cera in the

    by drewlicious

    A little suspicious if you ask me.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    HEY WOODY!!!

    by Prague23

    The bartender/owner or the bar in ATRANI, ITALY who you're in the photo with says 'HI.' I was just there, mentioned that I have connections to the film world (true) and he pointed out your photo together and said 'say "HI" to Woody if you ever run into him'. I've never met you but if you're reading this, ATRANI is the best place ever! Cheers dude.

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  • Oct. 5, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    "Is that how you say hello where you're from?"

    by The Dum Guy

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 3:31 p.m. CST

    um, i believe the aintitcool term is...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...hate speech. anyone?

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 3:41 p.m. CST


    by Metropolis

    Saw it last night, go see it, tell others, it was so much fun. DON'T SPOIL THE GREAT CAMEO for anyone. It also has one of the best intro credit scenes of all time. I'm not usually a fan of sequels, but if they did one for Zombieland (if done right/with same director) I'd be very happy.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Bill Murry cameo cannot save this film

    by mintoncard

    There, I just saved you a wasted movie ticket and 90 minutes of your life. You are welcome.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by Big_Daddy_Nero

    Uh ohhhh..! taintlick is secretly in love with a geek and doesn't know how to express himself.. don't worry taintlick, just accept the fact that you are a gay fish, and go and live among Kanye and the fishes.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Let's see...

    by The Garbage Man

    All-caps, unoriginal user ID, homophobic, unnecessarily vitriolic, nothing but negativity... welcome back, TITBAG. We haven't missed you. <p>Oh, and newsflash: using "geek" as a pejorative might pack a bit more punch from you if you didn't spend hours at a time trolling one of the geekiest websites in existence. Methinks the TITBAG doth protest too much.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 5:47 p.m. CST

    I've got to say....

    by torpor_haze

    I thought Zombieland was going to be a funny little flick, but that was definetly in top 10 best movie experiences I've had in my life. I had trouble hearing the dialogue with all the laughter and for good reason.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by torpor_haze

    scenes in BM's house felt very Hughesian to me.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    "We may never get GHOSTBUSTER 3"....

    by FilmGuy125

    I never knew Ghostbusting was a solo act.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 8:05 p.m. CST

    I love Kraken's green text!!

    by BadMrWonka

    it's like he just descends on the conversation fro above, interrupting it like a producer in a music studio, but then all he says is "We don't do gossip."<p>for some reason that tickles me. also, that the interjections, like the stage direction in a script, are int he same color. as though to further solidify Kraken's omnipresent character.<p>great interview Quint. I missed this this weekend (saw the Invention of Lying instead) but I'm definitely checking it out this week. I'm glad it made such bank, I hope they do a sequel.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Yeah, I loved it. I really, really loved it.

    by James_Camera_On

    "FAGGOTS WILL LOVE THIS MOVIE by PAINTDICK, who bring you this WTF moment.

  • Oct. 5, 2009, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Eisenber and Cera

    by Juwanna_Mann_2_Fanboy

    They're both great in my book. They may be one note, but they play those notes very well, and very differently IMO. And Jesse didn't rip off Michael because he's been playing that type of character since 1999 in the show "Get Real" and the movie "Roger Dodger" (boh great). Michael Cera was what, ten years old when Eisenberg got on the scene a decade ago. He deserves the reccent attention because he worked his ass off for ten years. He didn't get lucky with a great show like "Arrested Development" then ride that glory into the ground and then turn on the fans and cast by refusing to do a movie for said TV show.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Had to see it after this interview. Hilarious!!

    by antonphd

    I loved it! It's kind of like Shaun of the Dead but not as scary and a bit sweeter.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:29 a.m. CST


    by Ronald Raygun

    Perhaps "fanboy" is not the word I was looking for, since people who use it negatively tend to come off as pompous assholes. All I know is, all the people in my theater were clapping and cheering at mentions of Warcraft and Mountain Dew code red and "double-taps", and I was left there feeling like grnadpa at a Hannah Montana concert wondering what all the hootin' and hollerin' was about.

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  • Oct. 6, 2009, 10:36 a.m. CST

    I bet taintlick says something

    by Powerring

    Really, really fucking retarded and homoerotic for himself. I wonder how he can smell with shit on his tongue? His anal vocal cords are well developed. All that talking out his ass makes good practice.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Its a zombie movie not fucking citizen kane

    by WickedJacob

    Though, a movie about a zombie fucking citizen Kane might be good.

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  • Oct. 6, 2009, 3:44 p.m. CST


    by billyhitchcock

    why would you post on a board where everyone so obviously hates you?! here we are trying to enjoy film based opinion sharing in quite a pleasant manner and here you come bulldozing in with you immature nonsense. i understand you want to waste our time, but why waste yours?

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Actors NEVER go to the movies!

    by catlettuce4

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  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:11 p.m. CST

    I'm not going to retype it for you.

    by The Garbage Man

    If you don't understand it, feel free to take a big sip of reading comprehension and go read it again.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 5:36 p.m. CST

    A minor problem I had with the movie

    by Chakraborty

    There are some character inconsistencies that bugged me, and one example is Woody's Twinkie obsession. He goes the entire movie dying for a twinkie and when they come across a box full at the amusement park, Eisenberg has shot a hole in the box and blown the twinkies to bits. But here's the thing, the hole was in the center so there must have been some intact twinkies around the edges or in the corners, but Woody doesn't even look. He just pulls out a handful of Twinkie mush and then gives up. Twinkies were his holy Grail, so why would he give up so easily. <p>. And let's say all the twinkies were blown apart, he could still look for half an intact Twinkie. And even supposing there's not so much as half a Twinkie, why not pick out the buckshot like Eisenberg suggested and eat the Twinkie mush? This guy has decapitated zombies with garden shears, but you're telling me he's too dainty to eat Twinkie mush? It's the apocalypse. Their food choices were gonna get very limited very soon...yet he's suddenly a food snob who won't eat Twinkie mush or look for an intact Twinkie in that box.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:02 p.m. CST

    The same thing applies to the BM cameo

    by Chakraborty

    When they meet Bill Murray, they gush over him and they go on and on about how great it is that one of the last people alive with them is Bill Murray, especially Woody. And as an audience member, you're right there with them about how awesome it is, and then, Eisenberg blows him away. None of them are particularly broken up about it, and Emma Stone even laughs. <p> So they broke their own rules. Character consistency was given up in favor of gags. There's nothing wrong with the fact that it's a comedy, but they have to decide what type of comedy they want it to be. If they want a jokey gag comedy where they kill Bill Murray and laugh about it, you can't have a scene 5 minutes later with Woody crying about his dead dog/son and expect the audience the be invested in it. You can't jerk an audience around. Don't get me wrong, it's a fun movie, but it's good, not great.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:06 p.m. CST

    I dug this flick

    by ToshiroShimura

    And this interview. The movie wasn't quite as scary as I was expecting, but I don't think that was to the film's detriment. Both Woody and Eisenberg seem like pretty cool chaps...unlike Quint!

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 6:17 p.m. CST

    Woody does not friggin age !!

    by pumaman

    he looks just like he did in White Men Can't Jump ( superb film of course )

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by justanothermoviefan

    Are some of you people upset that Woody Harrelson doesn't know about this site!? It's a movie geek website. I love the site, but its for nerds. If I was making millions as an actor, the last thing I'd be doing is writing on talkbacks for summer blockbusters.

  • Oct. 6, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST




  • Oct. 7, 2009, 2:35 a.m. CST

    Chakraborty re. consistency

    by Tall_Boy66

    for the twinkies, that box looked pretty fucked up to me so I'm not sure if any survived. Maybe he would have gone back and looked for intact twinkies, but I think he didn't want to give up his dignity. As for them not caring about Murray, it's well established in the film that to survive, people have to be brutal and not form emotional attachments, it's mentioned/ reinforced several times at the start of the flick (hell, even one of the rules "travel light" is sort of a take on that idea). So them not being too broken up about the death of Murray is keeping with the logic of the story. Besides, that scene is played for laughs so much that suddenly getting serious about Murray would be a cheat (kind of like how in Shaun of the Dead it's a flat-out comedy all the way through until the last 20 minutes when it suddenly gets really serious). Also, the main point of the flick is that these 4 people form a family, Murray wasn't a part of it and since they're used to loved ones and brutality, it's logical to assume they'd shrug it off. You're supposed to be invested in Tallahasse's story about his kid because that's a character that we're rolling with. Murray is just a wacky side-story moment. And I loved Emma Stone's giggle reaction, one of my favourite parts of the film (also because it's Emma Stone too)

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Isn't Scary Movie 2 a Wayans film, not Zucker?

    by Shan

    I thought the Wayans did Scary Movie 1 and 2 with the Zuckers taking over from 3 onwards. <p> Also, maybe laughed at Scary Movie 2 once. Maybe. <p> Finally, any reason why the internet cafe in Seoul I'm using blocks this site with their web filter, forcing me to use a proxy server?

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by Spango

    I haven't seen this film, but am looking forward to it.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    just saw the movie...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...and loved every second, especially the opening. pure fun. can't wait for the sequel.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    oh yeah...

    by billyhitchcock

    ...taintlick, go and play with your power rangers.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 3:42 p.m. CST


    by Nizzuts

    Your joking right? I know of about three people who are familiar with this site. All of them are movie buffs. Outside of the fanboy community this site is nothing.

  • Oct. 7, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Tall boy 66

    by Chakraborty

    The inconsistencies just add up and they sacrifice the weight of situations and characters in favor of gags. Another example is how Talahasee uses a variety of weapons to kill the zombies, like garden shears to take one zombie's head off. That would be extremely messy and difficult, and most people wouldn't do that especially since the zombies are all infected by a virus. It makes sense to keep as much distance between them and you so as not to risk a drop of blood dropping into your eye and getting infected. But as an audience, you excuse it because you see that they are trying to make the point that Talahassee is a badass, but eventually these flaws start adding up. <p>. Like the fact that the girls were surviving in a grocery store full of zombies without weapons, and the fact that the con they pull on the boys was really dumb and risky, and that they risked getting the little girls' head blown off. AND the fact that the only reason the girls were in the movie was so that Eisenberg could have a love interest and so Woody can play Daddy. It's all these big clunky plot devices that come together too perfectly and character logic sacrificed for gags which prevents a good movie from being great...and determines its shelf life and potential for repeated viewing.

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  • Oct. 8, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Uh, Quint, The Dude WAS BASED ON A REAL PERSON

    by Rhuragh

    You say, "Quint: Look at THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Those characters are larger than life, but they are not unrealistic. They are not really anybody that really exists in your world, but you see enough true-life characteristics in the Dude and Walter." <BR><BR>The only problem with that statement is that yes, The Dude was in fact based on a real person, Jeff Dowd, a real member of the Seattle Seven. <BR><BR>Hilarious way to completely miss the ball on that one.

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Testify Quint!

    by Evil Chicken

    Great interview. It reminds me of Rolling Stone – and that is a compliment. BTW, the “We love movies, not gossip” was brilliant. Spot on the money.

  • Oct. 9, 2009, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by Frye777


  • Oct. 9, 2009, 7:12 p.m. CST


    by Rhuragh

    That's an odd comment coming from someone who forgot to turn off caps lock.

  • Oct. 11, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST


    by hamster factor

    I accidentally heard his review of Zombieland - where he takes great glee in casually spoiling the Bill Murray cameo. This is the third fucking movie he has spoiled me on. He always does it suddenly and without warning, before I can react. I'd already read several reviews of the movie - I had listened to the entire Creative Screen writing interview on the movie - even they kept the Murray cameo secret. I will actively avoid Michael Phillips from now on, what a dick.

  • Oct. 13, 2009, 2:52 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    You don't need to tell me about Jeff Dowd. I've spent a lot of time with the man... even passed the pipe once or twice back in my more reckless late-teen years. But if you've ever met him you know that The Dude in the movie is a much exaggerated version of Jeff. He's totally the real life Dude just as John Milius is the real life Walter, but both characters in the movie are far, far more exaggerated. That's all I meant.