On a commentary track for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Edgar Wright advised any directors scheduling a long, arduous production to cast Schwartzman and bring the actor in late in the game to invigorate cast and crew. Sage advice. Well into Moonrise Kingdom, Schwartzman's Ben shows up briefly and makes an already great movie all the more wonderful.
So it's good to see him in his element again. Clocking in at around two minutes, this video from Funny or Die is a clever bit of marketing that also fits into the setting nicely. Cousin Ben screens Moonrise Kingdom for the scouts, allowing for some deadpan Andersonian humor and the hard sell.
Notice that Cousin Ben's little sidekick is, in fact, Jake Ryan as Lionel Bishop, one of the three younger brothers to Suzy Bishop, whose jaunt into the wilderness of New Penzance is at the center of Moonrise Kingdom.
Schwartzman made his onscreen debut as Max Fischer in Anderson's Rushmore, and though he sat out The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, he co-wrote and starred in 2007's The Darjeeling Limited, as well as contributing his voice to 2009's The Fantastic Mr. Fox. Here, he shows up as but one component in a big ensemble that's led by Gilman and Hayward but also includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, and Harvey Keitel.
Moonrise Kingdom is currently playing in limited release.