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Jul 21, 2009

Ten of his favorite things.

By Rachel Fernandes

Running very fast
“I’ve started to get into speed again, and I can run about a quarter as fast as I used to in high school. But I feel so much better now. It’s awesome.”

(Denton Texas rock/folk band)
“This band is just like the Cohen Bros—they give you just enough. They make intellectual versions of all the big things in life.”

Marguerite Phillips paintings
“She takes a very realistic photograph and reverse engineers it. She takes it one step out of the reality and makes it sort of—for lack of a better term—a more obscured version of the truth.”

Looking at real estate online
“Constantly dreaming of new ways to live, making communes, having land…”

“This place is fascinating all around, and you can buy a house for $100 or less.”

Cheaply made documentaries on Netflix instant viewing
“That realm of art has at least a 50 percent chance of offering you something you’re gonna enjoy…”

America’s Funniest Home Videos
“The greatest storytelling of all time. So efficient, natural, and perfect. My films will never be this good.”

American Movie
“The greatest film of all time. A real life Rocky. I love this movie.”

Amazon.com used book for 1¢
“You can order anything you want and have it at your door, technically, for a penny. I’ve got Ulysses and Gravity’s Rainbow on back order, but I also have a bunch of Lonesome Dove stuff as well.”

Sun Kil Moon
The band and the Chinese restaurant… “Actually the restaurant is called something else, but it’s similar enough to the band that this one phrase functions for both. These are tones of home: Kung Pao and listening to Mark Kozelek’s voice. Sunday nights at home with my wife, ordering in, a little bit of peace.”


Writer, director, and actor currently residing in Los Angeles. Originally hailing from New Orleans, Mark and his brother Jay made themselves known on the indie-circuit with a string of award-winning short films, including This Is John and Scrapple, which premiered at Sundance in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Soon after, the brothers followed up with the low-budget, breakout festival hits, The Puffy Chair, which starred Mark in the lead role alongside his future wife, Kathryn Aselton, and Baghead, which cleverly blurred the line between comedy and horror. Mark also received notice for his performance in Joe Swanberg’s Hannah Takes the Stairs, solidifying him as a force in the “Mumblecore” movement.  Currently, Duplass can be seen in the newly released Humpday, an edgy comedy about two heterosexual male friends that decide to make a porno together. In addition, Mark will also be seen next year alongside Ben Stiller and his Hannah co-star Greta Gerwig in the new Noah Baumbach film, Greenberg. He has also recently completed directing his next feature (currently untitled) with his brother, which features an all-star cast including Catherine Keener, John C. Reilly, Jonah Hill, and Marisa Tomei.

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