HOW TO RAISE $2 MILLION THE EASY WAY
Star of both big and small screens Zach Braff stopped by to talk about his wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to finance his next movie Wish I Was Here, which raised $2 million in 36 hours.
Zach was finding it almost impossible to get studio financing for his project, and was about to sign a deal he felt awful about (it guaranteed the financial backer cast approval and final cut) when he got word that his friend and fellow actor Kristin Bell had successfully set up a Veronica Mars movie via the crowd-sourced funding site.
It caused some controversy, with people complaining that Zach would take the attention away from the other projects on the site, but he actually ended up drawing thousands of new participants to the site AND funding his next movie.
Donate or don't-nate... no one has a gun to your head.
ZACH ON MEL
While Oksana had a hard time opening up about Mel Gibson, Zach had no problem talking about his feelings towards the actor, who once famously said that "Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world." Zach admitted that he's heard people defend Mel as a "good guy," but feels he must really hate the Jews to ruin his image and let that hatred pour out of him. Plus, you know, Mel's father is a Holocaust denier. So that.
He doubts he'll ever work with Mel, unless he somehow convinced Zach that it really was a huge misunderstanding.
GROWING UP WITH MS. LAURYN HILL
Zach Braff grew up in New Jersey with singer, actress and future ex-convict Lauryn Hill, but not the Lauryn Hill we've come to know. He knew her as a sweet, intelligent girl he'd run lines with and commute into New York City with for auditions. She was even Zach's dance partner at his Bar Mitzvah. They even played Coke and Pepsi together. (If you've been to a few East Coast Bar Mitzvahs, then you probably know what this game is.)
He said that the militant, puffy-coat-wearing, "Keeping it real for Newark" Ms. Lauryn Hill is a stranger to him... literally. Zach said he hosted a charity event that Ms. Hill performed at, and she acted like they had never met before.
HOOKING UP IN HOWARD'S HOT TUB
Zach and his supermodel girlfriend Taylor Bagley were guests at Howard and Beth's house one weekend, and Zach was so nervous that he'd never be asked back that he decided to REALLY live it up at the King Of All Media's castle. He made love to his girlfriend in the guest bed, then hooked up with her in the hot tub, and possibly even smoked pot, but Zach isn't 100% sure.
Howard announced at the end of the interview that he was creating a KickStarter to have his hot tub cleaned.
MORE FROM ZACH...
- Once did a high school TV pilot with Gwyneth Paltrow that didn't get picked up.
- Zach made his hit film Garden State for $2 million and in only 25 days.
- Zach was dating Mandy Moore when Wilmer Valderama came on the Howard Stern Show in 2006, claiming that he'd deflowered the pop star. Mandy was mortified and said it wasn't true, so Zach called Wilmer up and they had it out.
- Zach seems very interested in bringing another woman into the bedroom with Taylor.
(Taylor Bagley pics courtesy of PRPhotos.com)