Though it was television’s Scrubs that made him a household name, Zach Braff has seen considerable success on the big screen as well. His directorial debut, Garden State, is loved by many and is, to some people, an absolute classic. So, it was with great anticipation that his second stab at taking the director’s seat, Wish I Was Here, landed in theatres.
Though the film isn’t receiving as much praise as Braff’s first time behind the camera did, Wish I Was Here is still a heartfelt and thoughtful effort from the actor/director, and one which I am glad to have seen. For those unfamiliar with the plot, it follows “a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.”
Our very own Matt Donato reviewed Wish I Was Here not too long ago and concluded the following about it:
Wish I Was Here is an honest second feature from the mind of Zach Braff, and while some may deem it crudely self-indulgent, I believe there’s enough beauty in Aidan’s journey to rattle an older culture of dreamers.
Last week in Los Angeles, while Braff was doing some press for the film, I landed an exclusive interview with him. Among other things, we spoke about the challenges of directing himself, how he put together the soundtrack, where he got his inspiration from, and more.
Check it out below, and be sure to catch Wish I Was Here as it’s now playing in theatres!