Director of Role Models Speaks on Comedy

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Director David Wain recently sat down with to talk about the new comedy, Role Models. Here are excerpts from the interview:

This movie didn't originate with you originally, so how did it come about that you ended up co-writing and directing it?
The script had been through a million different iterations at different studios, and at a certain point, Paul Rudd had some very specific ideas about what he'd like to do with the script so they let him take a draft of it, and it came out really well. At that point, they needed a director and Paul introduced me to the studio and I met them and pitched my take on it. They wanted to shoot pretty soon after that, so Paul, Ken Marino and I sat down and really stripped it back to square one and rewrote the script from scratch, and then we shot it.

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You've worked with Paul Rudd a long time. Has he always been writing and not taking credit for it?
Well, you know, exactly. I think he's done a lot of writing and he's always very creatively involved in everything he does, and he also wrote a pilot that I think is going this year on some network. This was his first movie credit as officially being a writer, and you'd never know it. He's definitely one of the smartest, most creative guys around, and so it wasn't a surprise to me that he took to screenwriting pretty naturally.

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Role Models Quotes

Ronnie: Suck it, "Reindeer Games"!
Danny: I'm not Ben Affleck.
Ronnie: You white, then you Ben Affleck.
Wheeler: You *are* white.
Danny: That's true, I am white.

Danny: Can I get a large black coffee?
Barista: A what?
Danny: Large black coffee.
Barista: Do you mean a venti?
Danny: No, I mean a large.
Barista: Venti is large.
Danny: No venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact tall is large and grande is spanish for large. Venti is the only one that doesn't mean large. It's also the only one that's italian. Congratulations you're stupid in three languages.
Barista: A venti is a large coffee.
Danny: Really says who: Fellini? Do you accept lira or is it all euros now?

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In the interest of full disclosure: we love Paul Rudd. A lot. Dude seriously makes us laugh. So we were attracted to Role Models before...

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