ANNA K Asks:
If you could choose anyone to direct (living or dead), who would you pick and why?
Wow. That’s a hell of a question…I think living, I’d love to work with Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman. As for those who’ve passed, the first guys I think of are Jack Lemmon, Peter Sellers, Gregory Peck and Cary Grant. I think the why is obvious, no?
If you could map out your directing career, what kind of films would you do? Any interest in big-budget stuff? Do you have a dream project you’re trying to do?
I love comedy, and would be happy to direct another, but I’m also drawn to stories that have more of a serious message and tackle issues that I’m concerned about. I’m actually co-writing a dramatic thriller right now that I’m hoping will be my next feature project which addresses the subject of sexual predators on the internet.
I don’t have a huge desire to do a big-budget action film, if that’s what you’re asking, though I’m usually first in line to see those movies when they come out. As a director I’m excited more by actors than effects.
What are the differences between directing a feature film like “Run, Fat Boy, Run” compared to directing an episode of “Friends”?
There are so, so many differences, but the main thing is that on a film like “Fat Boy” we were outside on location (over 50 locations in about 35 days), so that brings a whole set of unpredictable problems that don’t occur on a soundstage. Like noise from traffic or airplanes; the weather suddenly changing and you find yourself in a downpour; losing available daylight; losing a location that you’ve only budgeted one day for, so you have to complete the scene no matter what; police, traffic, crowd control, paparazzi getting in the way, etc. The list is very long!
What was the last film that made you cry? And why?
I hope this isn’t a joke, so I will be honest. I just watched “Ordinary People” again, so that would have to be it. If you’ve seen the film, then you know why.
I love “Madagascar”! Tell me about the sequel!!! Anything! Please!
Well, there’s a nice little romance that blossoms between Melman and Gloria, so if you find the idea of a hippo and a giraffe dating funny, then you’ll enjoy!