I truly love talking to directors because they give tremendous insights to their films. In "Dinner for Schmucks," Jay Roach, the guy who gave us "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers," as well as all the "Austin Powers" films, talked about:
*** The conception of the film from its French roots (Francis Veber's "Les diner de cons") to the American version
*** Why Roach decided to add the mythological "dinner" that wasn't shown in the French version
*** Working with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd
*** The film subscribes to the "tragedy as comedy" notion
*** How the film follows French farce conventions such as mistaken identity, comedy of errors, non-verbal jokes
*** "Austin Powers 4" anyone?
*** If he's invited to a dinner for schmucks, what idiosyncrasy will be bring to the table?
Click here to see my Roach interview, and here to read my movie review of "Dinner for Schmucks."
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