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Zach BraffFire up your iPods, kids, because Zach Braff is finally ready to change your life with a follow-up to his 2004 indie romance/New Jersey homage/alt-rock-soundtrack vehicle 'Garden State.'

Braff tells Time Out New York he has two directing projects in the works: a romantic comedy he rewrote that's about thirtysomething dating life, called 'Swingles,' and an original movie in the vein of 'Garden State.'

Why the long wait? "Well, I was doing this little thing called the TV show," Braff says, referring to 'Scrubs,' which recently wrapped after nine seasons. Zach BraffFire up your iPods, kids, because Zach Braff is finally ready to change your life with a follow-up to his 2004 indie romance/New Jersey homage/alt-rock-soundtrack vehicle 'Garden State.'

Braff tells Time Out New York he has two directing projects in the works: a romantic comedy he rewrote that's about thirtysomething dating life, called 'Swingles,' and an original movie in the vein of 'Garden State.'

Why the long wait? "Well, I was doing this little thing called the TV show," Braff says, referring to 'Scrubs,' which recently wrapped after nine seasons.

Braff points out that he wrote 'Garden State' before 'Scrubs' made him famous enough to direct and star in it. Since then, he says, "There were a couple times I tried to put together a movie, and for one delicious Hollywood reason or another, they never came to fruition. But I'm hoping to direct 'Swingles' soon. And I'm in the midst of [writing] my first original since 'Garden State.'"

He won't describe the plot of the 'Garden State' follow-up, except to say that "it is not a sequel." Though if it were, he jokes, it could be called: "'Garden State 2: This Time It's Personal.'"
With the new movies, he says, he's resisting the notion of making broad, generational statements, like 'Garden State' seemed to be. "'Garden State' was very personal, and it was more than I want to take on every time. I'm not going to pontificate about the state of twentysomethings or thirtysomethings every time I make a movie."

Braff, who's starring in an Off-Broadway play called 'Trust' that opened last week (he stars as a wealthy, married man who seeks fulfillment in an underground sex club), says he's also writing a play.

The actor appeared on TV last week, on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,' defending his home state from the trashy image depicted on 'Jersey Shore,' Now that 'Garden State' has made him into New Jersey's goodwill ambassador, he told Fallon, he feels like he has to let people know that the Jersey shore is not the place depicted on the MTV reality show. "America, you can go to the Jersey Shore and you will not get punched in the face," Braff said.

By the way, America, you can also go to New Jersey and not be assaulted by mopey indie-rock nerds and manic pixie dream girls. Just sayin'.

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