Wes Anderson: Jason Schwartzman we found after a long, long search. We spent over a year trying to cast this part. We looked into all these different schools, and we looked in England and Canada..and he actually lived in Los Angeles. He’s from a movie family, his mother is Talia Shire, his uncle is Francis Copolla and he has the exact opposite background from what I was expecting and he’s physically completely different from what I imagined. But the second that I met him I thought that he’s something completely different from any other people that I’ve met and he’s the best that we’ve seen.
Owen Wilson: When Wes and I was writing the movie, I think the kid that we had in mind was this kid from Flirting, he was also in Shine..I imagined a kid like Wes, kind of a very thin, pale kid who look a bit like a young Mick Jagger, slightly kind of uncooked look, and Jason obviously doesn’t look like that but when he came in and did a reading it was funny because it was so different from the way Wes and I imagined the role physically, but he could say the line so well and he was really smart, getting all the jokes and stuffs.
Jason Schwartzman: [Wes] said when I walked into the room he instantly re-thought the look of the entire character, he thought it could be more Dustin Hoffman, which just means shorter.