Playboy Has 20 Questions for Judd Apatow, and Judd Has 20 Answers

My good friend Mary Ann wrote me this morning to tell me that there was a new interview with Judd Apatow in the latest issue of Playboy [the link is SFW (safe for work), though I suppose a non-safe ad could pop up]. It’s a great piece meant, I assume, to get us all excited for the impending release of the director’s next film, Funny People, which I’ve written about previously. And the best part is, you don’t even need to buy the magazine to read it! Though, I guess maybe you could avoid telling your significant other that and say that you have to buy a copy “just for the articles.” And hey, for once that’d be true!

Anyway, here are a few bits I found particularly awesome and/or funny.

PLAYBOY: Men cry a lot in your movies. Are you a naturally weepy sort?

APATOW:Absolutely. I’m a big crier. Sometimes when my wife and I are watching a movie we’ll both start to cry at the same time, and then we’ll slowly turn toward each other to acknowledge that it got both of us. That’s great and funny when we’re both crying, but it’s not so wonderful when I’m the only one in tears.

You know, to be honest, I don’t think I’d ever noticed that men in Apatow films cry a lot. How about you?

Anyway, here’s a great bit on what might have helped Apatow grow as a writer. They say that transcribing the works of others is a great way to get a feel for how the masters are doing it. And they, of course, are always right.

PLAYBOY: When you were growing up, you used to transcribe Saturday Night Live scenes. In hindsight, was that time well spent?

APATOW: Back when I was watching Saturday Night Live for the first time, VCRs hadn’t been invented yet. So whenever the show aired, I thought to myself, If I don’t watch this now, I may never get to see it again for the rest of my life! I would put a tape recorder right next to the TV, and then I’d sit up all night and transcribe the skits that amused me the most. I don’t know why I did it. I did the same thing with Twilight Zone episodes.

And here’s the last bit, this one about being honest with yourself about how worldly your eleven year old is.

PLAYBOY: You brought along your nine-year old daughter, Maude, to record the DVD commentary on Superbad. Is it fair to say your daughters are pretty much corrupted?

APATOW: My kids haven’t seen any of my movies except You Don’t Mess With the Zohan and Heavyweights. Maude is 11 now, so I probably live in a fantasyland where I still believe she hasn’t snuck behind my back and watched them herself at two in the morning on her computer. That may be why she’s not begging me to see them. If she were smart, she’d beg a little more just to make it look as if she hasn’t seen them already.

I love this guy. I still feel like I’m cheating on Kevin Smith every time I admit that, but I really do think Apatow is genius.