Five Favorite Films with Adam Scott
The A.C.O.D. star also chats about his new film and his own experiences as an A.C.O.D.
Adam Scott's star has been rising for a few years now, with notable roles in cult favorite TV shows like Party Down and movies like Step Brothers, among others, but he's been a fixture in film and television for nearly twenty years. These days, he's probably most recognized for his role on NBC's comedy hit Parks and Recreation as Ben Wyatt, the goofy but charming husband to Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope.
Scott's latest starring effort on the big screen, A.C.O.D. (Adult Children Of Divorce), opened in select theaters last week, and he was kind enough to chat with us about the new movie. First, though, we asked him about his Five Favorite Films, which he had some trouble nailing down; not only did we allow him more than five selections, but he also felt inclined to mention "the first two Godfather movies, but that goes without saying, I think, that those are perfect movies." Here are the rest of his choices:
(Steven Spielberg, 1981; 95% Tomatometer)
My favorite movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark. I just think it's perfect in every way. I find it very moving in parts. I think it's incredibly exciting; obviously, it's really funny. You know, it's been my favorite movie ever since I first saw it when I was nine, I guess it was, and it's just great. I can't wait until my wife lets me show it to my son.
So you saw it when it was in theaters.
Yeah, I remember seeing it and thinking it was so funny, and it is. There's just jokes galore in that movie. It's so awesome. Like, I forget the name of the character, but he comes in and pulls out what look like nunchucks, and then makes the coat hanger out of it. Like that is just... That's like Mel Brooks. It is so good. It's just a perfect, perfect movie. I'm never sick of watching any of it.
(Albert Brooks, 2001; 96% Tomatometer)
One of my other favorites is Defending Your Life, the Albert Brooks movie. It's my favorite of his movies. I was kind of at the exact age where... I was graduating high school when that came out, and it spoke directly to me for whatever reason. Also, I don't think I've ever laughed harder in a movie theater than the Past Lives Pavilion. It's a really, really great movie. I don't know if it's my second favorite movie ever, but I would put it in my top five.
I would also put The King of Comedy. Certainly in my top three movies ever. I mean, it's not underrated any more, because I think it's certainly thought of as a classic movie, but at the time, it bombed like so many great movies did. I mean, it didn't even get good reviews, which is insane. Like, I don't know what its percentage it would have been on Rotten Tomatoes in 1983 when it came out. It's such a great movie. And I think it's sort of an endlessly fascinating subject, this sort of quest for celebrity, and the feeling that some have when they have it, which is just discontentment, and showing both sides of that fence really, really harshly. Jerry Lewis is just astounding in that movie.
I think Goodfellas is another one that's one of my favorites, and certainly Raging Bull.
Big Scorsese fan, are we?
I am. Yeah, I love his movies. You know, when I was in high school, I discovered Scorsese and just loved all his movies. I've seen all of those movies so many times, it's crazy. But yeah, those are all wonderful, and he's someone that keeps making great movies, so I'm really excited for the next one.
(Martin Brest, 1988; 95% Tomatometer)
I'd probably put Midnight Run in there. I love that movie.
(Steven Soderbergh, 1989; 98% Tomatometer)
I'd probably put sex, lies and videotape in there.
Next, Scott talks about A.C.O.D., what it's like working with friends, and how his own experiences as an adult child of divorce compare to the film.