‘Run, Fat Boy, Run’ Director David Schwimmer Answers Your Questions: Part II

Yes, THAT David Schwimmer. The ex-“Friend” and current “Run, Fat Boy, Run” helmer has partnered with the MTV Movies Blog to answer questions from our readers about his latest theatrical project. See below for the last installment and click here to read the first round of answers from the man behind the “large” comedy that stars Simon Pegg of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” You can catch the film in theaters this Friday (watch the trailer here).

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.

IA Asks:
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!

DAVE Asks:
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!