Interview: ‘Looper’s Noah Segan Urges You To Be Your Own Asshole! | One of Us

Interview: ‘Looper’s Noah Segan Urges You To Be Your Own Asshole!

3 Submitted by on Wed, 09 October 2013, 16:17

One year ago, I was sitting in the lobby of The Four Seasons hotel waiting to interview Looper director Rian Johnson during Fantastic Fest. While prepping, I struck up a conversation with a very energetic, intelligent young man who, after a few minutes, I recognized as actor Noah Segan. I had just seen Noah as Kid Blue in Looper, and here he was in Austin; having flown down on his own dime and staying with friends for no other reason than to support the film and his friend Rian.

I was blown away by his drive, his passion, and the how remarkably similar our experiences were. We were, and remain, two people trying to succeed at being professional creatives. The challenges we faced and the behind-the-scenes skills our respective ventures required were far more alike than I could have ever imagined. On a whim, I fired up the tape recorder and what resulted was probably the best interview I have ever done.

You can read that Movies.com interview right here.

Noah DebatesNow, one year later, Noah returns to Fantastic Fest, not to promote a film, but to be a juror and to participate in the Fantastic Debates. Again, it’s his passion that directed him to Austin, and what found our paths crossing yet again. It seemed only fitting to fire up the tape recorder again for a follow-up. How had Noah’s situation changed? Did he still feel that drive and hunger for success?

Noah, once again, proved to be an amazing interviewee. He provided two invaluable pieces of advice:

“There is no us vs. them…there is only us.” –Seems pretty fitting for this website, no?
“Be your own asshole.”–When you hear the context for this, you will fist-pump, no seriously, fist-pumping will occur.

Click the above player to listen to our chat. I am really hoping this becomes a regular series.

Moreover, sound off in the comment section! Are you a professional trying to survive in a creative field? Did Noah’s words inspire you? What are your own challenges and tactics for overcoming them?

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Brian is a four-year veteran of the interwebs, a member of The Austin Film Critics Association, and currently writes for Film School Rejects, Movie Pilot, Movies.com, and Fandango. An obsessive consumer of film, Brian loves everything from Buster Keaton to 80s post-apocalyptic sci-fi. He’s also a diehard Indianapolis Colts fan and collects VHS, laser discs, and classic game systems. An eighth-level geek overlord, Brian is one of the founders of OneOfUs.net, the brainchild of he and partner in crime Christopher Lawrence Cox. Brian cohosts both the Inside the Locker and Digital Noise podcasts.
  • LA

    Thanks for the interview! Very intelligent, talented and truly inspiring man.
    I personally discovered Noah years ago when i first saw Deadgirl. What an amazing actor and it seems to me that he’s even more amazing as a person. I wish him every success and hope to see some new badass roles from him!
    L., Moscow

  • LA

    Thanks for the interview! Very intelligent, talented and truly inspiring man.
    I personally discovered Noah years ago when i first saw Deadgirl. What an amazing actor and it seems to me that he’s even more amazing as a person. I wish him every success and hope to see some new badass roles from him!
    L., Moscow

  • magnumrulz

    Was Joseph Gordon Levitt otherwise occupied? Or even better would’ve been Bruce Willis! You could’ve asked Ol’ Walter B why he keeps acting like a shit while doing press for movies? Who cares if you’ve been asked the same 8 questions for 5 days straight, how many millions did you except for the role? …and the press that comes with it!

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