Zachary Israel "Zach" Braff is an American actor, director and screenwriter. Braff first became known in 2001 for his role as Dr. John Dorian on the television series Scrubs, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005. In 2004, Braff made his directorial debut with Garden State. He returned to his home state New Jersey to shoot the film, which was produced for $2.5 million. The film made over $35 million at the box office and was praised by critics, leading it to gain a cult following. Braff wrote the film, starred in it, and compiled the soundtrack record. He won numerous awards for his directing work, and also won the Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album in 2005. In April 2013, Braff announced he was launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to shoot a new film, titled Wish I Was Here.
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I was on Scrubs. I made Garden State. I played a monkey in one Disney Movie and a Chicken in another. I haven't made a movie in 10 years. I finally have. It comes out this weekend. It's called "Wish I Was Here."
I sometimes look at /Gonewild
Ask me anything...
What's your favorite place to take Donald Faison out to dinner?
> What is your most embarrassing on set experience?
This is fucked up. But funny.
How is rampart?
Finally a question about Rampart!
So I just went on your profile and noticed:
When did you decide to be more open about this part of your life?
People add me as a moderator to all that shit. I've never clicked on any of it. I have to ask the mods how to turn that off...
In Garden State, your character says: "It's really amazing how much of my life has been determined by a quarter-inch piece of plastic." What has been the quarter-inch piece of plastic in your life?
My parents divorce at a young age. I was shocked by it and it truly caused life-long pain that I'll always deal with.
What was your favorite thing that Dr. Cox said to you on Scrubs?
Either this guy has a lightbulb in his ass or his colon has a really good idea.
Does Donald Faison know you're doing this AMA? If so, how long do you expect it to take for him to show up?
He doesn't know how to use Reddit. Too baked.
I would like to thank you and the wonderful crew of Scrubs for helping me through so much growing up. You guys are the best.
What is your most embarrassing/funny on set experience?
P.S. Do you and Donald cruise around on Sasha and Black Sasha together?
Bill secretly put a "TV DOC" license plate on my car. I didn't notice it for a few days. Humiliating.
Hey Zach! Just a out of context question, what do you think about tattoos and do you ever want one?
Yes. Want one. Still deciding between Donald's face on my balls or Donalds balls on my face.
You have such a great smile.
What's happened to Rowdy? (The fake dog) I sincerely hope either you or Donald has him in your house somewhere.
I thought i was going to be able to keep Rowdy and then Disney (who owns the show) took him. They let me borrow him to put him in the background of a shot in Wish I Was Here. So look for him. It's like "Where's Waldo..."
How often do you smoke with him?
I don't smoke that much now. Way too overwhelmed with 8 shows a week on Broadway and releasing my film. But I go through waves where I enjoy God's Lettuce quite a bit.
Thank you for doing this! I’ve always been curious as to how you felt about the Zach Braff quotes that came out of 4chan a few years ago. Were you offended or did you find them stupid and/or humorous?
Thought it was offensive. Not to me personally, just the jokes were in bad taste. But I can't control the interwebs. Thanks, Al Gore.
was the Janitor really supposed to be a figment of JD's imagination at first?
That was Bill's plan in season 1. But Neil was too funny. And when we became a hit, he had to branch him out.
what's your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Sorry. Sit down. I hate appletinis. Usuallly drink Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Kettle Soda.
Thanks so much for replying. You are my all time favorite actor/director/writer. I planned this AMA since you announced it. I set four alarms to remind me and typed out my question yesterday, so I could paste it. Keep up all your amazing work. It is inspirational to everyone.
Wow. Thank you so much.
Does she say, "I want white dick?" This is amazing.
She does. And it's glorious. I'm playing this video for everyone that walks into the room while I'm doing this ama.
Hey Zach thanks for doing this AMA.
What's your favorite cereal?
Life. Both flavors.
Hey Zach, I'm having a bad day. What do you do when you have a bad day?
Listen to music that will make me feel happy. Call someone who can call me out on my bullshit. Spoon my dog. Clear the chamber.
Poor Rowdy. I hope he isn't sitting lonely in a warehouse somewhere gathering dust. And moths. Taxidermy really tends to attract moths. And now I've made myself sad.
I picture him in a giant warehouse of Disney props like the warehouse at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
What's the best part about being famous? What is the worst? If you could have the same level of monetary\prestige success without being famous would you take it?
Best. Everywhere you go in public people are nice to you.
Worst: Anonymously on the internet, people say and write horrible things about and to you:
Are you Superman?
Wait for it........ I'm no Superman. (P.s. Have you ever heard the full song? Lazlo Bane. It's quite good. The music video was one of the first things I directed...)
Since you browse /r/gonewild so often, have you ever thought of posting there?
He's chillin' with Rosebud.
How do you feel about the way the Obama administration has worked out? I ask because I remember you were an avid supporter in 2008 before he was elected, even doing some speeches on it if I remember rightly. Do you feel let down or are you happy with how he's spent his time in office?
Huge fan by the way. Loved Garden State, The High Cost of Living ^^and ^^The ^^Ex.
EDIT: Also extremely hyped for WIWH!
First of all, no one loves THE EX, but thanks for lying. I don't know how someone (anyone in either party) can be an effective President with this deadlocked congress. He's by no means been perfect. But I think he is a good man doing his best in a country that is gridlocked in opposing passions.
Hey Zach! What does Donald Faison likes more, weed or animating Legos?
Donald is now obssessed with Golf. So I thing it goes: Weed, Golf, animating Legos. Here's a link to one of his movies:
First, you're easily the funniest account I follow on twitter. Second, toilet paper.. over or under?
thanks, Over. Under people are savages and must be ended.
Why not both?
Hi Zach! Thanks so much for doing an AMA. What's the best advice you could give an 18 year old who has no idea what to do with their future?
EXPLORE! Read, watch movies, travel, take classes. You can't discover what you love if you don't look.
my question is about the "Wish-I-Was-Here-Thank-You-Screening".
I paid 30$ on your Kickstarter campaign, with the promise that I will be able to see the film online. As I live in europe, the screening was geoblocked in my region. I don't understand that you talked about "those who had problems with the screening" in your mail, because the vhx-team told me that there weren't any problems with the stream, but that the publisher (you?) didn't allow them to show the movie in europe.
Why wasn't this issue communicated before the screening or even before the backing itself. Will there be another screening, or what can I await for the money I have paid?
Thanks in advance for your response!
I'm so, so, sorry about that. I want to deliver on my promises to everyone and we are franticly figuring out a solution. To be honest, streaming content globally and geoblocking and each individual foreign country's rules for distribution are a little over my head. And so that one got away from me and caught me by surprise. But rest assured, I will make it right. I will not let you down. Just give me a little time to launch the movie in USA and Canada and then all of my attention will turn to International for August and September. I can't sleep at night if I've let even one of my Backers down for a spilt second, so trust that I'm on it and will do my best to not only fulfill but go above and beyond for each and every one of you. There was some miscommunication, but the buck stops at me. I will make it right. Standby.
How would you have wanted scrubs to end?
Would have been funny if we recreated the Sopranos ending shot for shot, line for line, with our characters.
This is so funny. Haven't seen this in so long. This is what the Scrubs set was like. Laughed so hard everyday.
Does Harry Styles smell as good as I think?
Like a unicorns's queef.
How did you like being in Amsterdam? Any chance of you coming back?
I was too high to remember anything. So I need to.
What's the dumbest joke on Scrubs that made you laugh?
The scrubs short shorts the janitors wife made me with her limited fingers. Giggling now as I type this.
Clear the chamber means what it means, right?
Edit: Zach Braff his own self has cleared it up: it's jerking off. I thought it might be unloading a suicide firearm, other people thought it might be hitting a bong, taking a shit, or mom's spaghetti. All good guesses but we got our closure.
It French for "empty one's load" aka ejaculate into a tissue.
Is Hooch still crazy?
Hooch is out of his fucking mind.
What was the most difficult scene to film in your career. Whether you are the one acting it or directing?
The emotional scenes in "Wish I Was Here" were the hardest things I've acted in and directed.
Why not both?
Someone please put that MEME of that little girl saying why not both here.
Fuck, Marry, Kill?
Donald Faison, Queen Elizabeth II, and The Gopher from Caddy Shack?
Fuck them all.
Do you care that the rotten tomatoes rating for 'Wish I Was Here' is so low?
I don't think I'm much of a critics darling. Never really have been. Wasn't expecting it. As long as my fans go, I'm happy. I made this for people who like what I do.
Did you ever see someone you know in Gonewild?
No. But I can't recognize people by their assholes. Can you?
Taran Killam is a star on SNL, and had some appearances on Scrubs, as well as many other popular shows. Was he always that funny on and off the show as he is today?
That guy is so talented. Talk about speaking shit into existence, he was saying the whole time on Scrubs, "One day I'm gonna be on SNL..." It was like his mantra. And he made it happen. And he's the best on there right now I think.
Have you and Donald Faison ever had a romantic relationship? You can't fool us...
It's not gay if it's just the tip.
What's up with you and The Shins?
I just really like the band. Nothing up, they just give me the feels.
Hi Zach, thanks for doing the AMA.
How was it working with the cast and crew of Arrested Development?
I love that show. The scene I did where I'm exposed as a never-nude with David Cross was one of the funniest days of shooting ever. He and I riffed so much shit about being a never-nude and jean shorts that didn't make the cut. He is hilarious.
Hi Zach, Do you pump iron / exercise? What do you do to stay fit and will you be back to San Diego Comic Con?
Loved Comic Con and I will come back. We shot a scene for Wish I Was Here there. Josh Gad and Ashley Greene are Cosplayers. Won't make it this year as I'm doing Bullets Over Broadway 8 shows a week in NYC.
How much are you affected by the critical reception your projects receive?
My ego wants everyone to like my art. But I know that's not realistic. So I just hope that enough people like what I do so I can keep making stuff. Otherwise I'll just go on FarmersOnly.com, find a wife and settle down.
What do you think of Children's Hospital? It sort of reminds me of scrubs, just raunchier. Thanks for the AMA, love your work!
Never seen it. But they used to shoot in our old abandoned hospital until the owners tore it down.
What is one show you would like brought back?
"The Comeback" with Lisa Kudrow. And they're bringing it back. Also "Project Greenlight" and they're bringing that back!
Favourite song of all time? Favourite song on the Wish I Was Here soundtrack?
Favorite song on the new soundtrack is the collaboration between Coldplay and Cat Power. It's the title track of the movie and I pretty much just listen to it on a loop. Chris Martin saw the movie, loved it. Got together with the band and they wrote the song. Cat Power saw the movie, loved it, said she'd sing it. Chris sings harmonies. I love it.
What's your favorite book?
The Game of Thrones pop up book my Mom just bought me:
What is it about WIWH that made it so personal for you? I mean, it seemed like a movie you really, really wanted to make--so much so that you pushed it and pushed it until it finally happened. What makes this project different from other projects, to paraphrase the Passover Seder?
It's about my family, spirituality, love. I don't believe in an afterlife, so it's about "How long am i allowed to go after my dream before I have to give up..." It's very personal to me.