Interview with Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler is known for his roles in “Mad Men” and “Lost”. Patrick just recently co-starred on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” with his wife Lauren Bowles. He is also co-starring in Kevin Smith’s latest film “Red State”. Media Mikes had a chance to chat with Patrick about his roles and what he has planned next.

Mike Gencarelli: How was it working with your wife, Lauren Bowen in the recent episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”?
Patrick Fischler: It was awesome! We have known each other for 20 years, as we went to college together. We worked together in theater and we were both in “Ghost World” even though we didn’t act together. We also did a couple episodes of “Veronica Mars” but this was the first time that we got to play a married couple and it was a complete blast!

MG: Tell us about working with Kevin Smith on “Red State” which is coming out in October?
PF: It was phenomenal. Kevin is a super great guy and really fun to work with. I just can’t say enough good things about Kevin. I was really excited to be a part of the film as I have been a fan of Kevin’s for awhile. The movie is going to freak some people out and probably piss off a few others but I think all good entertainment does that. I think good entertainment should touch all emotions.

MG: What can you tell us about your role on “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1”?
PF: There’s not too much I can talk about that other than it has been released and it was an enjoyable project. Paul Johansson who directed the project is a really nice guy and there was also a really good group of actors on the project as well. Most of my stuff was with Grant Bowler who played the lead and he was just a great guy and a fantastic actor.

MG: What can you tell us about appearing on “Franklin & Bash”?
PF: That’s a fun group of people who like to have a good time. The episode I appeared on also had Jason Alexander on and he is just great to work with. The best thing I can say about that show is that they are all having a great time and I think it shows when you watch it.

MG: What can you tell us about working on “Dinner for Schmucks”?
PF: That was fun. I did a lot of training with that bird and there is actually a scene that didn’t make the movie where I do whole act with the bird. It was a bummer it didn’t make it in to the movie. It was really great and fun watching amazing comedian’s improv and say great dialogue. I got to watch that every day for weeks and it was just great.

MG: Can you tell us about some of your other projects?
PF: I have “Red State” coming out in October and then in January I have one coming out with Katherine Heigl called “One for the Money”. This film is based on a group of books by author Janet Evanovich. I play Katherine’s sleazy cousin who she comes to work for at the bail bonds business my character runs. That was an amazing experience and I hope people go out and see the film. I just finished shooting a film called “Big Sur” which is a film adaptation of a Jack Kerouac book. The film starts Kate Bosworth and Josh Lucas. The film was one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. We shot for five weeks in Big Sur outside of San Francisco and we are hoping to take the film to Sundance this year. The cast was just incredible!


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