Adam Horovitz, perhaps more commonly known as Beastie Boy Ad-Rock, is not, in real life, the loud bundle of sometimes confrontational energy he is in his stage and screen persona. He's soft-spoken, friendly yet guarded. That’s not to say he’s not as funny. He’s in a fairly serious (though very, albeit darkly funny) movie: Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young,” in which he plays a go-to-bed-early 40-something dad whose childless friends (Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) start hanging with milennials (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). But that doesn't mean Horovitz — in real life married to Bikini Kill/Le Tigre/Julie Ruin's Kathleen Hanna — doesn't mostly answer in deadpan quips. That is, when he’s not gasping at the size of your iPhone 6 Plus (“It’s like half a sandwich”).
You’re not instantly recognizable when you first appear on screen in a dad sweater with a toddler.
The word “hunk” has been thrown around a lot. Also “heart-throb.” People have mentioned they’ve been taken aback. But I feel comfortable in that role.
Is it closer to the real you?
Yeah. It was definitely interesting to put on this ugly shirt and be like a normal person.
We’re all destined for ugly shirts at some point.
I feel like it’s chasing us all, the ugly shirt.
This touches on some dark themes about aging and wanting to feel connected to youth when we aren’t anymore.
I think we’re all afraid of death. Being 48 is more weird than frightening.
Time definitely starts flying by once you hit 30.
It happens fast. And it’s all just downhill. That’s it.
Do you think we just have to accept that we’re all going to break down and our backs will give out?
You definitely have to accept it. The alternative is a bummer. I’m fine right now. When I’m 72, this might be a different conversation. I might be just crying constantly.
But when you turn 72 you just no longer give a s—.
I don’t think I’m going to be very healthy when I’m 70.