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July 16, 2004

Alive in LA

Ah, I never thought I be so excited to be back in Los Angeles. My pilot decided to "abort take-off" on the runway in San Diego. I don't know about any of you, but "abort" and "take-off" are three words that I believe should be kept apart. He got the plane up to full speed and just when we were about to lift off, he jammed on the brakes. He came over the PA and announced that he was sorry, but he was still tripping his face off from an all-nighter on acid and he could have sworn he saw a beaver building a dam across the runway. No actually there was some problem with something he noticed at the last second, so we drove back to the gate. Not the most ideal experience for someone with plane crash nightmares.

It would have all been fine from there except the little boy behind me had officially gotten the jitters. So when we eventually did take-off, he muttered phrases like, "this can't be good" and "this plane's too heavy to fly" and "we're going down, mom". I kid you not. He said a couple of other things too but they were in Korean so I can't really share them with you. Not because I don't speak Korean, but because they were too personal to post.

On a side note, please do not post spoilers on this BLOG. Even if you write ****SPOLIERS*** blah, blah, blah. I really don't want anyone who hasn't seen the film to have pieces of it given away. And we all know that writing SPOILERS, DO NOT READ is the equivalent of writing, PLEASE DON'T LOOK AT THE GLORIOUS YELLOW EAGLE NESTING IN MY HAIR. Ya just gotta look. So thank you.

I'm going to try and rest this weekend. The tour was really tiring and I've got my entire family coming into town for the big premiere on Tuesday.

Thank you all so much for spreading the word about the movie to your friends and being the best grassrooting partners a fella could have. I really do read all the posts and I'm sorry if I can't reply specifically to all of your questions, but know that I do read all your comments.

We're finalizing the TV commercial now, and it's gonna premiere during the coming NBC Srubs-a-thon where they're airing 4 episodes of Scrubs in a row. Check your paper, I think it's Thursday the 22nd.

And hey, all you international folks, I'm going on a big European press tour with the film in August and September, so don't worry; my one man traveling show is coming over there as well.
Enjoy your Weekend friends.

Posted by Zach Braff at 06:39 PM | Permalink


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Thanks for the amusing posts. It's great to read these entries and see that there are actually people that can be related to behind todays movies and tv shows. Your takes on things are always funny and I'm sure the movie will be as well. I loved the trailers and I can't wait. However it might be hard to see it seeing as I'm in Canada and a couple provinces away from Toronton. But I'll find a way. And I know your pain about airplanes... once we sat on a runway for 2 hours. Very uncool. Anyways thanks again.

Posted by: Amy | Jul 16, 2004 6:50:35 PM

what would it take to get an interview from you for a school newspaper?

Posted by: josh | Jul 16, 2004 6:58:39 PM

Hey Zach~
THANK YOU for telling people not to ruin the movie! I was like, "dang, this sucks" (not because your blog sucks, because it's actually very entertaining when sitting at a desk job from 9-5 and the only entertainment is Post-it notes) Hope you have a good weekend, and stay cool.

P.S.~I was the one that asked if you have a fave band/artist. Still curious..?

Posted by: Julie | Jul 16, 2004 7:01:34 PM

Hey you probably not be able to answer the questions but, how do you get started in short/indie filming, like where do you get a mic and such. is there anyway to make the cast, more serious, or like more motivated, like some super quote or saying that would motivate them?
PS. where can you check GS in California?

Posted by: Peter Pham | Jul 16, 2004 7:02:09 PM

Once again...thank you fot his blog!! Seriously. It's these little things that set some filmmakers from others. Also the soundtrack the movie is amazing..and I've only heard a couple of songs so far.

Posted by: Brandon | Jul 16, 2004 7:02:30 PM

(he muttered phrases like, "this can't be good" and "this plane's too heavy to fly" and "we're going down, mom".)

hearing that when i'm not on the ground wouldn't scare me too much but when hearing that in the plane during take off it would make u second guess for a sec. Funny post love it.


the C.R.I.B.B blog

Posted by: Paul | Jul 16, 2004 7:08:14 PM

If I write a comment to every post, will I appear as if I have nothing to do in my life? Or will that only happen if I write a comment a day regardless of whether any new post was written?

Is the premiere in Westwood?  Cause I've always loved to hang out and then wait for the people to come by with extra tickets for the movie so they can fill the seats. The movie is good and all, and being free is nice, but the free popcorn and drinks is what I'm all about.

So hopefully it'll be in Westwood. I'll be accross the street, waiting for the people. Waiting very patiently.

Andrew Slater

Posted by: Andrew Slater | Jul 16, 2004 7:09:45 PM

Hey Zach, I love you in Scrubs and I'm really excited to see this movie. The Frou Frou song in the trailer is amazing! It seems like it sets the mode. The soundtrack sounds awesome. Thanks for making this Blog, its really cool how you connect with your fans this way.

Posted by: Jaime | Jul 16, 2004 7:18:19 PM

Great to have you home! But it is quite hot.

I just got the poster the other day...dunno where im gonna stick it quite yet. Prob in a golden frame above my bed. haha

Rest and have fun at the premiere. Are they doing it in Westwood?

Posted by: a w c | Jul 16, 2004 7:19:13 PM

With regard to the korean kid, by too personal might you mean vibrant descriptions of how the petrifying experience caused him to involuntarily soil his slacks?

Posted by: Dan G | Jul 16, 2004 7:21:19 PM

Hi. I just wanted to let you know there are tons of your fans here in Oregon. I've been watching you faithfully since Scrubs first aired. Its the best show on TV. Good luck with the movie - its going to be great!

Posted by: Karla | Jul 16, 2004 7:21:22 PM

Hey, very nice posts. You seem like a great guy and I can't wait to see "Garden State." It looks great, congratulations on the movie. Best of luck! Yours Truly, Lyzbeth

PS. Hidalgo was amazing!!!

Posted by: Lyzbeth | Jul 16, 2004 7:30:06 PM

hmm. that sounds like a great plane ride. that must of been great. it's really fun reading your blogs. yay! i am going on vacation to nags head north carolina tomorrow. aww, i won't be able to read these blogs for a while. oh well. good luck on whatever it is you are doing this week.

Posted by: Robert A | Jul 16, 2004 8:02:00 PM

hello mr. braff,
don't think we've established a first-name basis yet... it's always a happy part in my day when i get to read a new blog. i really admire your work and can't wait to see garden state. fell in love with the trailer when i saw it before "eternal sunshine...", and again just last night before "the notebook". (which by the way i loved - the swan scene left me breathless...) anyways, back to YOUR movie... i'm really dying to see it. good luck with everything!


Posted by: Ashley | Jul 16, 2004 8:15:08 PM

Hey, Zach...

Not sure if this is where to post this...nevertheless, I'm doing it, anyway! I believe I'll be at the premiere on Tuesday...what are the chances I'll be able to chat with you for a moment? We can share plane stories. Aargh! (Hmmm...that was a bit pirate-y, wasn't it? Maybe I should wear a patch so you'll recognize me...)

Posted by: christa | Jul 16, 2004 8:24:20 PM

Another great post Zach. keeping us entertained :)

Im promoting Garden State to everybody I know and in all the boards I visit so hopefully you'll get a huge ammount of money on limited release and then go to a successfull wide release :)

btw, Im sorry but Eternal Sunshine is my favorite movie of the year so Im wanting Chalie Kaufman to get the OScar for Original Screenplay but you're my second favorite and I really hope and think you deserve a nomination :)

Posted by: Hakeem | Jul 16, 2004 8:26:31 PM

I don't know what to say without being gushy about my anticipation regarding your film, sharing the fact that I've been doing my measly best to spread word on the movie since February, and that I think we should be email penpals. What do you think?

[email protected]

Posted by: Cheney | Jul 16, 2004 8:34:06 PM

₪ → My next door neighbors are Korean and I realize that's a pointless side note but they frequently urinate in their yard. Now mind you, I've only seen the older gentleman of the house do this so this is not a racial slang but maybe more one directed towards old people. I don't know. It's late and my brain is dead.

IF YOU HAVE AN EAGLE IN YOUR HAIR YOU SHOULD - well you should just try a stronger shampoo, maybe one of those dandruff ones because the normal Herbal Esscence just isn't going to cut it this time. It's time to bring in the big shots.

♥ Hooray for Scrubs!

Okay I can't even think of a decent comment here and seeing as you are deserving of one, as well as your glorious golden - eagle infested hair, or whatever you mumbled up there, I will just stop typing and go to bed. Good night and whether or not you read this before you sleep I wish you sweet dreams and be careful of those bed bugs because the eagle might get aroused and those will be scars that are a hell of a lot harder to hide with makeup than you think.

Posted by: Amber | Jul 16, 2004 8:49:44 PM

Still waiting on information on the Scrubs DVD...

Great that we're getting a Scrubs marathon, that'll help the show a bit.

I want Scrubs to become the next generation of Friends, something that will take the ratings and spit all over them. You can do it!


Posted by: Brandon Christensen | Jul 16, 2004 9:33:18 PM

I first saw the trailer for this movie and froze. Never before has a film grabbed me and held me at the core. The trailer itself is a work of art, it pulls you in and leaves you with this ineffable feeling. Maybe I just love movies too much, maybe its just this one. What inspired you to write this film? Where did it all come from? I've been waiting so long for this movie. I admire you greatly as an actor, and anticipate seeing your work of art.

Posted by: Shanna | Jul 16, 2004 9:35:08 PM

Whee! Four eps of Scrubs in a row?! And a commercial for Garden State in the mix, as well? Dude! Good times for all, baby.

Glad that you're back home, safe. When I was a kid, I used to fly from Dallas to Houston all the time to visit my grandparents. It thrilled me to no end. Years go by, and I find myself on the plane, flying to my aunt and uncle's for Thanksgiving. Oh, Holy Lord God. Needless to say, the flight was severely lacking in its previous thrills. I can't imagine what I would do if in your same situation. Die, maybe, like right there on the spot. Or claw my way out of the plane, rent a car, and pledge to never get on one of those flying contraptions ever again.

Ooh! Have you seen Donald Faison's new commercial for Pepsi Edge? Makes me laugh and miss Scrubs all at once. I keep wondering - where's JD?

Heard Ashlee Simpson on the radio driving home from work today and immediately thought of you wandering the streets of NY, singing it like the fanboy! you so probably are. I do have to admit I love her voice. And I like that she doesn't oversing. (Yeah, I'm talking to you, Jessica.)

Lastly, I want to thank you for sharing your travelogue with us. It's been enjoyable to say the least, and you didn't have to do it, what with your busy schedule and all. Nice to know you're as funny and adorable as you've always seemed to be.


Posted by: rubykate | Jul 16, 2004 10:16:13 PM

I never post anything on these things but this is an exception. The movie fare this summer really stinks and once you've seen the trailer for I Robot fifty times, I have to tell you how refreshing it was for me to see yours. Living in Montreal, I'm not sure when the film will open, but I am looking forward to seeing it. By the way, it really is a nice trailer, one of the few interesting ones I've seen in a while. More power to you.

Posted by: d | Jul 16, 2004 10:33:01 PM

It's so lovely reading your entries.
Your personality doesn't read the lines 'cocky celebrity' anywhere, and I appericiate that.
Your humor is obscure, in a nice, witty way.
And I'd let you bare my children. Only if you offered.

Posted by: annie | Jul 16, 2004 10:39:08 PM

Hey, that's awesome that you read all the comments, some are pretty amusing I must admit, but the real treat is reading your blog, it's hilarious. The best thing about it is, you're real about it, you don't have some assistant posting some goofy junk up there, you actually do it and care. It's no wonder you have true grassroots fans, fans will definitely support someone that isn't so high on themeselves they forget about the fans that make their profession possible. Zach, I would gladly take a bullet for you...well, if it wasn't going to fast...but that's the kind of support you have! Good luck with the premiere, have a good time with your family!

Posted by: Elliott | Jul 16, 2004 11:00:14 PM

Come down to Melbourne, Australia. We'll drink real Aussie beer, ride Kangaroos and make short films ALL NIGHT brother.

Posted by: Ken Sakata | Jul 16, 2004 11:25:45 PM