In 2007, he made five or six movies and it was “the happiest I’ve been in years.” This year, he’s got his Tooth Fairy duties (without the dress and wand, naturally), has written a couple of scripts and while it’s been a more profitable path he said that he didn’t have nearly as much fun as acting.So that’s Jim (disclosure: the first time I saw him was his hilarious turn as a commentator alongside Fred Willard in the Christopher Guest film ), and he’s incredibly pleasant dining company, putting a random stranger like myself completely at ease.From there, it was on to regional theatre doing weekly and fortnightly rep, and before long he was asked to direct a play at drama school. The Drama Studio then opened a place in Berkeley, CA, and asked Jim if he wanted to travel over to the States for three months to direct and teach improvisation to students mostly around the same mid-20s age as him. But impatience and a yearning to get back into acting led Jim to organize a one-man show.
It was the first screenplay Jim wrote, with a collaborator, that sold and then suddenly he had another writing career. Most recently he sold the story idea for the currently-filming movie , which he is also executive producing.Before we got to the interview, we scanned the menu for options.Jim settled for the grilled Wild King salmon for while I played it safe by choosing angel hair pasta with diced tomato and chicken breast for .Nevertheless, that greatest British quality, the ability to persevere, led to the play being produced in a small 99-seat theater. “I really just wanted to exercise a few muscles and do something I’d never done before.
And yes, I’m biased toward British people and their ability to be pretty much brilliant, always. It terrified me the idea of it, but it was one of those wonderful things and became a huge hit,” Jim said.
It was Friday night, so I was more than happy to split a bottle of wine during dinner to get me pleasantly light-headed before heading to a friend’s bar in Hollywood later that evening.