Funny People (15)

OVER the past few years, writer/director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up) has shown that nothing is sacred. Now he directs Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in FUNNY PEOPLE (15), the story of a famous comedian who has a near-dea

OVER the past few years, writer/director Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up) has shown that nothing is sacred.

Now he directs Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen and Leslie Mann in FUNNY PEOPLE (15), the story of a famous comedian who has a near-death experience.

Apatow addresses the question: If you had the chance to start all over again, would you be the same jerk you always were?

He says: "I'm trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies. Wish me luck!"


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Apatow has had a lifelong fascination with stand-up comedy.

In high school, he created a radio talk show and interviewed comic performers he admired, including Howard Stern, Steve Allen and John Candy.

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He asked them how they did it...how they wrote jokes, performed and other secrets of their trade. Inspired by their guidance, he began performing stand-up by the end of his senior year.

Now he's using that inside knowledge for his third movie.

Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman and newcomer Aubrey Plaza also star.

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