A quick look at Patton Oswalt's resume reveals that he is no stranger to the pop culture world: 20-years of stand-up comedy, writing and acting on the TV shows United States of Tara and Dollhouse, voicing the loveable star rodent in Disney and PIXAR's Ratatouille, starring in the 2009 film Big Fan and in last year's dark comedy Young Adult.
Oswalt chatted with Weekend Edition host Audie Cornish about his character in the film, Matt Freehauf – a small-town guy who gets wrapped up in a scheme to reclaim the high school boyfriend of Marvis Gary (played by Charlize Theron) - and reflected upon his own growth and maturity, both personally and professionally.
Before leaving, Oswalt left us with some inspiration:
"You know, it's great to be young. Be young. By all means, be young. But always remember that youth is also kinda dumb, and doesn't know a lot yet. So what you want to worship above youth, I think, is beauty, and beauty is so beyond just appearances after a while."
...and a little NPR love!