“I’ve always wanted to play a private detective,” says Schwartzman, whose favourite films include François Truffaut’s romantic detective comedy Baisers Volés (Stolen Kisses).
The romantic element of his own role, meanwhile, came as a pleasant surprise.
Intriguingly, though, he says he doesn’t consciously choose this type of role.
“You know, I think there are only five actors in the world who can basically choose to be in any movie they want,” says the 31 year-old.
This is surprising when you consider he was born to Hollywood royalty: part of the Coppola clan, he’s the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola, and cousins with Sofia Coppola and Nicolas Cage.
Schwartzman admits he was really nervous about meeting Ames, as he was a long-time fan.He has also started his own record label, Young Baby Records. “I was around 16 when I started to find films like Harold and Maude, and I was, like, ‘Wait, this is pretty great.’” I ask him whether, given his family background, he feels under pressure to garner acclaim and accolades. “Because each person in my family who is in the film business has their own aesthetic and a sense of what’s funny or interesting to them.” He pauses, before adding with a laugh.“It’s enjoyable to be related to these people and then to be able to just say, ‘To hell with it, I’m on my own.’” 'Bored to Death' is on Monday 7 November on Sky Atlantic/SAHD at 10.15pm The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.“It’s like ordering food to be delivered to the house for them.It’s different for me – I’m definitely not just sitting there in my underwear, playing spin the bottle with parts.” That said, he was desperate to get involved with Bored to Death, the HBO comedy set in bohemian New York.