In any discussion about people who have had the largest impact on pop culture, Judd Apatow belongs at the forefront. For years, the producer, director and screenwriter has created entertainment for the “MTV generation.”
Thus, MTV is proud to announce that Apatow is our next “MTV Pioneers” speaker. He will sit down with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz on Wednesday (December 19) at 4 p.m. ET for a 60-minute discussion that will touch on many things: his new movie, “This Is 40,” his success in Hollywood, how the “Apatow effect” has changed the way studios make and market R-rated comedies, and everything he’s learned along the way. To take part in the chat, which streams live on MTV.com, tweet your questions to @MTVNews using the hashtag #askjudd.
A few of Apatow’s career milestones include topping Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 Smartest People in Hollywood and helping to launch the careers of Steve Carell and Seth Rogen. Beyond film, he won an Emmy Award for his work on “The Ben Stiller Show,” produced the cult favorite “Freaks and Geeks” and is an executive producer on the critically acclaimed Emmy-nominated series “Girls,” which is currently up for two Golden Globes, including Best Television Series (Comedy).
Speaking about his latest labor of love, “This is 40,” for which he turned to his family for inspiration and participation in the comedy, Apatow admitted recently to MTV News that he is happy to share the good, bad and ugly of their real-life arguments with audiences.
“It’s unethical, it is and it’s probably reckless and wrong but I couldn’t stop myself,” he joked of taking notes on “hilarious and annoying” fights between his two daughters. “I’ve come to believe that, at least for what I do, it’s about sharing your life with other people and that’s how I connect with people. Even though 90 percent of it is fabricated, personally it’s very truthful and I think that’s a nice thing. There’s nothing to be ashamed of with who we are and what we’re struggling with and that was something I told [my family]. I told them, ’We’re going to tell people stuff we argue with and struggle with because it makes people laugh and feel better.’ ”
For more life lessons from the man behind the comedic empire, tune in to MTV’s Pioneers Speaker Series with Judd Apatow on Wednesday, December 19, at 4 p.m. ET on MTV.com.