Jason Lee, star and producer of NBC's hit comedy
My Name Is Earl, is a very animated guy -- literally.
Lee's big break came in 1995 with the lead role
in writer-director Kevin Smith's comedy Mallrats, and
he went on to star in some of Smith's other films,
including Chasing Amy. He was also featured in
Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous as the lead singer
of a 1970s rock band called Stillwater.
But Lee's latest film is the computer-animation/live-action hybrid feature film Alvin and the Chipmunks, in which he stars as Dave Seville, the songwriter
and father figure to singing chipmunks Alvin,
Simon, and Theodore. His voice work also includes
the lead character in Underdog, last summer's
live-action film adaptation of the classic 1960s
cartoon, and the role of Syndrome in the award-winning
animated feature The Incredibles.
What is your idea of a perfect teacher?
What was your most memorable school
Getting sent to the principal's office for
making the class laugh.
What was the low point?
Going to the principal's office.
Did you go to public or private school?
Where did you fit in your schools' social
The ratty-little-skater clique.
What was your favorite subject?
If you could change one thing about education
in America, what would it be?
The psychiatric drugging of kids -- and the
What is impossible to learn in school?
Only what you can't understand.
What should they teach that they don't
How to use a dictionary. Kids should know
what they're studying and actually pass the
tests, and not just by memorization.
What did you learn today?
That my son is hilarious.
What did you teach?
I'm not a teacher.
What is in your dream lunchbox?
Sandwich, cupcake, root beer.
If you wrote a textbook, what would it be
If the prom were tomorrow, whom would