The Zombieland actor talks about his return to box office glory

By Adam Markovitz
Updated May 13, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Congrats on being named one of our Entertainers of the Year.
Oh, that?s so f—ing cool, man!

When did you first know you were having a good year?
I think when Zombieland opened, and it opened well. I was pretty exultant that day. Bear in mind, I had 16 years where I didn?t have a hit. Literally, the last movie I was in that was a hit was Indecent Proposal. Even these other movies, Kingpin, Natural Born Killers, Larry Flynt, movies that got attention, they weren?t hits. So that was a pretty cool day. Because let?s face it: If people don?t go see your movies, then it?s only a matter of time before people stop offering them to you.

And plenty of people saw you in 2012 — it?s made more than $700 million worldwide.
Yeah, I knew a long time before that movie came out that it was going to do great. It was cool just getting to spend time with those guys. Me and John [Cusack] are talking about doing a comedy together. I like him.

Can you pinpoint your favorite moment of 2009?
There are two. I remember going to see Zombieland for the first time at this huge theater. And it was incredible, the response. It was like being at some great rock concert. But the other really great memory was getting an e-mail from [The Messenger producer] Lawrence Inglee, saying that Jerry Lewis had seen it. And Jerry Lewis? comments were just — I tell you, it made me so happy. I?ve been a huge Jerry Lewis fan since I was a kid.

You also recently won Best Supporting Actor from the National Board of Review for your role in The Messenger. How did you celebrate?
I just did a happy dance.

Can you please describe that?
Every bone in my body goes in a different direction at the same time, and I spin around. It?s not like I have any established methodology. But that?s the beauty of it.


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