He has also started his own record label, Young Baby Records. “I was around 16 when I started to find films like Harold and Maude, and I was, like, ‘Wait, this is pretty great.’” I ask him whether, given his family background, he feels under pressure to garner acclaim and accolades. “Because each person in my family who is in the film business has their own aesthetic and a sense of what’s funny or interesting to them.” He pauses, before adding with a laugh.
“It’s enjoyable to be related to these people and then to be able to just say, ‘To hell with it, I’m on my own.’” 'Bored to Death' is on Monday 7 November on Sky Atlantic/SAHD at 10.15pm The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.
The New York Times said that “it’s as idiosyncratic and delightful in its own way as Curb Your Enthusiasm.” It has a nifty theme tune, too, composed and sung by Schwartzman himself, with a little help from Ames on the lyrics.
Indeed, growing up in Los Angeles, Schwartzman insists it was music, rather than acting, that appealed to him.
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