Steve Martin on following your passion
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Steve Martin on job satisfaction and 'The Big Year'
10/15/2011 by Olivia Allin
Steve Martin might not have a passion for bird-watching like his character in "The Big Year," but the comedic actor could relate to taking a path that others don't necessarily understand. "My character has been a very successful businessman his whole life and they're hounding him to keep going at it, to run another company and he's looking for a big change in his life," Martin said in an interview provided by Fox 2000 Pictures. "He wants to go off and do this other thing that the outsiders cannot understand, they can't understand his desire." "The Big Year," which opened in theaters on October 14, follows three men on the same bird-watching path -- a quest to find the most species of birds in North America during a prestigious annual event. Stu Preissler (Martin) is a New York businessman trying to pursue his lifelong passion before it's too late, Brad Harris (Jack Black) is looking for a purpose and Kenny Bostick (Owen Wilson) just wants to keep his winning spot. Martin, known for his comedic roles in movies such as "The Three Amigos!" and "Father of the Bride," did not take the safest path, but he certainly followed his passions. "It's like wanting to be an artist," Martin continued. "People say, 'What? You're never going to make any money or have any satisfaction from doing that.' You're giving up the regular routine that's expected of you and there you go off and you do it and you get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from it." The 66-year-old actor got his start working at the Main Street Magic shop at Disneyland and in a comedy troupe at Knott's Berry Farm. He eventually landed a writing job on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and continued doing stand-up comedy and hosted "Saturday Night Live" 16 times. Martin has appeared in films like "The Jerk," "Roxanne," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," "Parenthood," "L.A. Story," "Father of the Bride," "Shopgirl" and "Baby Mama." Martin, who is also an avid banjo player, recently released his second bluegrass album, "Rare Bird Alert," which features collaborations with Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. Martin's first debut bluegrass album, "The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo," won a Grammy in 2010 and featured vocals from Dolly Parton and Vince Gill. Watch a trailer for "The Big Year" below.
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