‘This is 40‘ writer-director Judd Apatow sat down with GQ. He shared his next professional plan, which is to write a play for Broadway. Can you imagine the writer of ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin,’ ‘Knocked Up,’ and ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ writing for Broadway? I bet the result would be hilarious! Here are some excerpts from Judd’s GQ interview.
Judd Apatow on “This is 40”: “One person said, ‘There wasn’t enough story.’ But that’s the whole point of the movie. It’s not about a gigantic incident happening. It’s about the normal ebb and flow of your family life and your relationship—the little moments of connecting or not connecting. And not understanding why.”
…on his idea to pursue writing a Broadway play: “I miss doing something where I’m interacting more with the audience. I like the idea of writing something and rewriting it every night based on how it’s playing. I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I’ve ever had. It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience.”
…on the topic of his Broadway play: “It’s about victims of the criminal-justice system and the challenges they face. I am excited to write something which has a social conscience. That is not something I have attempted before, and I hope I am up for the challenge.”
…on ‘Freaks and Geeks’: “[“Freaks and Geeks”] felt like a great family that got torn apart for no reason.”
Lena Dunham on Judd Apatow and his work: “The thing about Judd is he lives in two very opposite arenas—the desire to tell a truthful, emotional story and the desire to make people laugh in a hard-core way. I don’t think anybody’s merged that in the same way Judd has. In the process, he’s created a whole new idea about what comedy can be. …Judd is an anxious person who understands that’s not the most comfortable way to live and who doesn’t find his own affliction cute and who is looking for ways to deal with it. He has a deep desire to find a comfortable resting place.”
You can read Judd’s entire interview in the January issue of GQ, which hits newsstands on December 25.
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