Justin Jacob Long is an American actor, known for his roles in the films Jeepers Creepers, Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball, Accepted, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Live Free or Die Hard, for his role as Warren Cheswick on the NBC TV series Ed, and for his appearances with John Hodgman in TV commercials for Apple's "Get a Mac" advertising campaign.
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I really enjoy writing bios. And watching erotic costume dramas
This one time I made a movie about a man who tries to turn another man into a walrus. It comes out this Friday. Please do see it (if you like that sort of thing) - it's called "Tusk". If you don't believe me, here's the trailer....http://tuskthemovie.com
Let's chat, world!
Hi guys - I have to get going but I am hooked on Reddit! Thank you all!
If they were to make a Galaxy Quest 2 would you like to reprise your role?
Absolutely! I'd love to see what Brandon Wheeger is up to 15 years later. There's been talk about doing - not sure how real it is - but yes, I'd do it in a heartbeat. In the meantime, never give up, never surrender.
I'm a big fan of the movie Accepted. So what was it like behind the scenes?
Wild. Just a craaaaaaazy wild ride. I laughed so hard with Jonah that my face would hurt.
Has anyone ever approached you about doing a spin off as the character "Brandon St. Randy" from Zach and Miri? You killed it in that movie!
Kevin and I talk about it every once in a while. We both had so much fun with that movie
We've seen you play a bumbling stuttering nerd and we've seen you do fast talking smooth guy too, so which is the real Justin Long?
It depends on who I'm talking to. I like to think I'm somewhere in between.
First off, I adore you. Truly.
Second- has anyone ever pointed out how similar you look to Carrie Brownstein's character on Portlandia?
HEY GINLIBRARIAN!!! Thank you. Truly.
Not only have people pointed that out, but ENOUGH people pointed it out that the guys at Portlandia (who I'm huge fans of) were finally just like "Ugh, Ok, we'll put him on the show"
I'm gonna be in this season. I play a guy who is dating Lance's mother. It was the best job I've ever had
Dude, what was filming Idiocracy like? It's one of my favourite movies.
Oh yeah, man, me too. It was one day - such a fun one. Luke was super laid back and easy. I was so distracted every time Mike Judge would come over and give me direction because I couldn't separate him from "beavis and Butthead". Stephen Root was on set. He had recorded my previous "out going message" on my phone as "Milton" - it was so good that I kept in on their for a year (since we worked on Dodgeball). Since it was time to record a new outgoing message, I asked Stephen if Mike Judge would be cool if I asked him to do B and B. Root said I probably shouldn't as he had an iffy relationship with MTV. Later that night we all went out after work and had a few drinks. I had enough courage that I asked Mike "Hey, do idiots ever come up to you and ask you to record their outgoing messages as Beavis and Butthead" and his great dry slight drawl he said "yeah, why, you want me to do yours?"
Do you really go full walrus?
I don't want to spoil the movie - you gotta go see it! But yes. Yes, I do.
If you had to get a different celebrity's face tattooed onto your face, whose face would it be, and why?
I would get all the Baldwin brothers as Russian nesting dolls...Stephen would, of course, be the smallest. Why? Because what a great conversation starter!
Listen, I'm thinking of getting a new computer. Do you have any advice as to what kind I should get?
I really do know very little about computers. But I could tell you how to respond to strangers who point at you at airports and say "Hey, you're the Dell Guy from those movies"
On a scale of "maybe if I was Asian" to "that's actually me" how much do you think you look like this guy?
It's just below "that's actually me" but only because I would've remembered wearing those outfits - otherwise, I'd be confused myself. What a handsome devil! is that Carrie Brownstein?
What is your favorite university, and why is it South Harmon Institute of Technology?
My favorite university is Vassar College (because it's my alma mater). A close second is Fairfield University because it's where I grew up and where my dad teaches.
It's South Harmon Institute of Technology because the writers of "Accepted" thought the kids would love a dirty acronym. (SHIT) Really, who DOESN'T love a dirty acronym! #ForTheKids
Justin I'm a big fan! One important question. Would you rather live free, or die hard?
Live free....thats kind of the ultimate goal, isn't it #NewHampshire #RonPaul #unnecessarilyPolitical
Hello Long Justin,
The following question is a bit revealing about oneself and may require much thought...If you could squeeze any condiment out of your belly button, what would it be and why?
Thank you for asking - I was wondering when somebody would. #ElephantInTheRoom
I forgot to answer. Ketchup. Because I think I like ketchup so much that were it to come out of my belly button, it still wouldn't disgust me enough NOT to eat it.
How was it being a contestant on @midnight?
Oh hi, Chris Hardwicke. I told you already, I had so much fun!
Have you asked Jonah Hill about his wiener?
yes. many times. It's pretty much all we talk about
What's your favorite movie that you've been in, and why is it Waiting...?
Ha. Waiting was definitely one of the most fun to shoot. We were all young (20's) and in New Orleans. I got really close with a bunch of the cast and still keep in touch with many of them (which is rare). WE'd go out everynight - I was really irresponsible on that job. I look at my performance in it and I think it suffered because I was always hung over. Though we always justified it (going out) since the movie takes place over the course of one day after a big night out. We thought we were a bunch of method actors but really we were unprofessional 25 year olds running amok in Nola for the first time. #NoRegrets #ButIDoRegretDoingTheSequel
I thought that was ass-to-mouth. Have I been tricked?
ass to tusk
How did you prepare for your role as George Harrison in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story?
Paul Rudd and I holed up in his hotel room the day before poring over Beatles docs. We were so nervous - it was such a daunting task to play the Beatles (even though it was a comedic movie) - we wanted to respect how sacred they are. Jason Shwartzman called his room and told us he was freaking out. One of those guys said they had run into Jack Black the day before and asked him if he was nervous (to play Paul). Jack said, "no, dude, I got it. Just watch 'Hard Days Night'!" We were so nervous Jack would come in and blow us all away. It was one of the most fun days of my life.
I ran into George's son Dani years later and he said really nice things about my performance. I almost cried. It was a special, surreal moment for me. Especially since Dani looks and sounds exactly like George, my favorite member of my favorite band #NameDroppyStory
Who's your favorite superhero?
My dad #sappy #ThisFallOnABCfamily #LifetimeMovies #nausea
You starred in the cult classic movie Crossroads in 2002. Any truth to the rumor the title of the movie is based on the hit song “Crossroads” by Bone Thugs n Harmony?
That is absolutely true #ProbablyNot
Hi Justin! When I see you, I always think of your work as Warren Cheswick on Ed. Can you tell us any stories about working with Tom Cavanagh, Michael Ian Black, and (gulp) Julie Bowen?
"gulp" in a horned up way? I loved and miss that show and those guys so much. I learned so much watching Tom work - he taught me things I could've never picked up in acting school (which is where, I think, I would've been had I not gotten the show). michael made me laugh when I was on camera more than anyone else. I used to go see his shows with "Stella" at the club in the village - all these cool actors I looked up to were also fans of theirs and would show up. I was madly in love with Julie. She was the funniest, smartest woman I'd ever met - and she had the mouth of a sailor - she used to make the grips and camera guys blush. She sat on my lap once and "made out with me" as a bit - I couldn't even pretend to laugh, I was in such turmoil
What was it about Zerk Wilder that drew you to audition for him in “The Sasquatch Gang”?
He was unlike anyone i'd ever gotten to play - a little angry roughian. He reminded me a bit of Matt Dillon meets Sam Rockwell. It was so fun - the most fun
What's your favorite animal?
Monkey. Easy. Being around monkeys genuinely makes me happier than when I'm around humans (even friends and family)
I recently learned that I am going to be a father for the first time. In your experience what are the pros/cons of naming a child Justin? Any harsh kid nicknames?
Also, I'm a fan of the Jeepers Creepers series. This may be a long shot what with your characters status in the films, but any news on another sequel getting made?
Congrats on impending fatherhood! No obvious pitfalls (re: bearing the name Justin) but if it precedes a name like "Long" your child might hear things like "Justin Schlong" or "Justin, are you LONG?" - fun variations on that theme. As long as your last name isn't "Thyme" or "Case" "Myass", your kid should be fine
Was able to see Tusk at the world premiere and loved it!
Will we ever see the character of Brandon St.Randy again? And if you could revisit the character, where would he be now?
Thank you! I would love to do Brandon St Randy again - 2 of the most fun days of my life. Kevin and I talk about doing a road trip movie with BSR and his boyfriend, Brandon ROuth. When he sent me the script for "Tusk" (in theatres this friday....go see it...again) he prefaced it with a letter in which he said he wanted me to do "a two-hander character study" - I thought it was the Brandon St Randy/Bobby Long road trip movie. It turned out to be a script about a human walrus - he failed to mention that in his letter.
What was the most fun you have ever had shooting a movie?
It was a movie called "Strange Wilderness". We made up most of our lines, there was weed, there were ridiculous set pieces, Jonah Hill and I were living together and would drive to work and laugh non stop. It got a "0" on rotten tomatoes - it was a good lesson in the fun experiences not always corresponding to how the movie turned out. though I really like that movie. you just HAVE to be stoned to appreciate it. I was a huge fan of Steve Zahn's. It was a thrill to get to work with him
"Accepted" is still my favorite movie to date.
How was it working with Blake Lively & Jonah Hill?
I was considerably older than Blake so I remember being a little creeped out by that kissing scene we had to do - if I was, god knows how creeped out SHE must've been by it. I was way too old to be playing a college freshman (thanks, genes!) and Blake actually was the appropriate age. She turned 18 when we were shooting. She had a Candyland-themed birthday party. There were cotton candy stations and chocolate fountains. Blake was and is the sweetest person. I used to do an impression of her for Jonah - she would slap me and say "that's not what I sound like" but, not to toot my own horn, it was pretty good. Jonah and I became great friends. He was the funniest person, aside from my brothers, I had ever met
Hi, what's the status of Jeepers Creepers 3 and have you been contacted by Victor Salva to make an appearance (I guess in a flashback)?
There is a script (it's called "Jeepers Creepers: Cathedral"). Gina plays the lead in it (which would be awesome to see her come back and kick some ass). It's been tough getting off the ground, financially, unfortunately. According to Victor, I do get my hands on a flashback.
Do you have any interesting stories involving Charlie Day and/or Jason Sudeikis you can talk about?
They were constantly writing and coming up with the funniest shit. No specific stories - just lots of laughter. I wish I had had more stuff to do with them.
How much did you and Kevin rip on Bruce Willis (share horror stories) on the set of Tusk?
We spoke as glowingly or disparagingly of many people we worked with, depending on our experiences with them #diplomacy
Hey Justin, thanks for doing this iama.
What is your favorite breakfast? I would love to know that.
Mine is two eggs sunny side up, two slices of bacon and a cup of coffee
What a unique breakfast experience you aspire to!
You better Shut your mouth or I'm gonna fuck it
A friend of mine was a waiter at The Viceroy restaurant in NYC (Not sure if it's still open). He used to hear some really great soundbites from the customers. Apparently he overheard a guy say to his boyfriend, in a weirdly hostile and aggressive way, "You better shut your mouth or I'm gonna kiss it". I thought it was so weird and funny. I'll always be grateful to Kevin for letting me say it and preserve it. Then he turned me into a Walrus.
What's your favorite memory from working on "Ed"?
Ugh, so many good ones. Most too long to even begin to type out. One of the most memorable involves a fight between michael Winslow (Police Academy's "sound effect guy"), Christopher Lloyd (DOC!), and Tim Busfield (Poindexter from "revenge of the Nerds" among MANY things) - it's too long to tell but if you ever run into me, make me tell it. It was incredible. Michael Ian Black was the first guy I worked with who consistently made me break character. He was insanely funny. I also remember having a huge crush on Julie Bowen and Kelly Ripa and pretty much anyone Tom Cavanaugh got to make out with on that show.
Hey Justin. I'm big fan of yours (I really love Accepted) and Kevin's and really looking forward to Tusk. What about the script made you want to make a horror film with Kevin, even if it was uncharted territory for him?
Thanks alot! Truthfully, I would've done anything Kevin wanted me to. I was kind of in even before I read the script. It sounds pretty simple and trite but I always try and weigh the potential fun in doing something - Kevin's sets are the most fun - whether you're a gay porn star or a walrus or, maybe one day, BOTH!
I really liked you as the Mac in the Get a Mac campaign by apple, I think it was the first time for me really paying attention to advertisement.
So, my question is, had you as much fun as it seems doing these spots, or was it just another job at the time?
Oh and do you use a Mac or a PC?
Thanks! There were moments, like there are on any job, where I'd tune out a bit because most of my dialogue was pretty much the same. I was always jealous of John (the PC) because he got to do all the fun stuff, all the heavy lifting. But I certainly never considered it "another job" - I always knew how lucky I was to have that. Mostly because I was getting paid to hang out with John (a dear friend) and laugh. Doesn't get better than that. I use a Mac, yes. I genuinely do like their products #HireMeAgain
I apologize, in advance, if I am out of line here….but are you in gay porn?
Guilty as charged
One of my favorite movies of all time is "Youth in Revolt" and your character is awesome in that movie, especially when you drug everyone. What has been your favorite role to play so far?
Thanks so much. When I was playing "Paul" in Youth in Revolt, I listened to a lot of jazz music in between scenes. I'm not a big jazz fan but he just seemed like one of those people who are so burned out (but contemplative) - it always seems like they have a constant stream of jazz music playing in their heads.
My favorite role was probably Brandon st Randy in "Zach and Miri" or Zerk in "Sasquatch gang"
What's your secret to happiness?
I don't know that I've found it or, if I have, that it's much of a secret. I'm a firm believer in checking in with nature as much as you can. Appreciating how fleeting this all is and embracing the now #EckhartTolle #ShutUpAndTalkAboutTusk
How was @midnight last night? I love that show!
Hey again, Chris Hardwicke. Stop! I told you how much fun I had!