Screenwriter Profile: Judd Apatow

The Writer:

Judd Apatow is the reigning king and (many would argue) the creator of what my good friend Matt Miller has coined the “dick flick” — essentially romantic comedies aimed at men as well as women. A triple threat, Apatow has written, directed, and produced some of the greatest broad comedies of the last ten years, and he doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Credits:

This Is Forty (screenplay) – 2012

I Am Harry Potter (short) – 2010

Funny People (written by) – 2009

Funny or Die Presents… (TV series) – 2009

Pineapple Express (story) – 2008

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (written by) – 2008

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (written by) – 2007

The Hills with James Franco and Mila Kunis (video short) – 2007

Knocked Up (written by) – 2007

Fun with Dick and Jane (screenplay / story) – 2005

The 40 Year Old Virgin (written by) – 2005

Sick in the Head (TV movie) – 2003

Undeclared (TV series) – 2001-2003

Life on Parole (TV movie) – 2003

North Hollywood (TV movie) – 2001

Freaks and Geeks (TV series) – 1999-2000

The Larry Sanders Show (TV series) – 1993-1998

Celtic Pride (screenplay / story) – 1996

The Critic (TV series) – 1994-1995

Heavy Weights (written by) – 1995

The TV Wheel (TV movie) – 1995

Comic Relief: Baseball Relief ’93 (TV movie) – 1993

The Ben Stiller Show (TV series) – 1992-1993

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 3 (TV movie) – 1993

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 2 (TV movie) – 1992

Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth (TV movie) – 1991

Quotes:

I think that everything I do tends to root for the underdog. I always felt as a kid that I was under appreciated, invisible or weird, but I’ve always secretly thought people would one day appreciate what is different about me. I’m always putting that message out there. Eventually, the nerds and the geeks will have their day.

Television is much more difficult because at every moment the network can force you to change things based on their belief about what would make it popular. You’re in a constant debate with a gun at your head, and the gun is cancellation. So it’s hard to win the arguments.

My wife tends to challenge me when I’m working on the female roles. She beats up on me about making sure they have the proper amount of depth and not just be there to serve the men. Obviously my wife makes me laugh a lot but she doesn’t see herself as a funny person. In fact, she gets mad at me if I say “How do we make this funny?” She just wants to make it real.

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