Kickstarter-funded endeavors have been all the rage lately. Earlier this year, Rob Thomas successfully crowdsourced funds for a new Veronica Mars
film. Gillian Robespierre also raised money from the site to finish production of her Sundance
smash hit Obvious Child
. In May, Zach Braff
obtained $3.1 million from roughly 46,500 supporters and fans for his sophomore directorial effort. The result: Wish I Was Here
, a quasi-autobiographical follow-up to his 2004 cult classic Garden State
which he wrote and directed.
The heartfelt dramedy tells the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff), a 35-year-old struggling actor trying to rediscover his life's purpose and reconnect with his family in the wake of his father's (Mandy Patinkin
) devastating health news. Bloom's wife (Kate Hudson
) is an unfulfilled data entry worker who supports the family, his brother (Josh Gad
) is a trailer-dwelling slacker, while Joey King
plays his studious home-school daughter. The film successfully touches upon issues related to religion, fear, death, and chasing your dreams — if you can get past the actor's Braff-y self-indulgence and Garden State
Zimbio sat down to chat with the actor about the most personal moment in the film, the inspiration for the swear jar, and Scrubs co-star Donald Faison
's hilarious cameo as a luxury car salesman.
Wish I Was Here
hits select theaters July 18th.