Adam McKay interview

At the AFI premiere of Adam McKay‘s newest film, The Big Short, the director joked that his past films — Anchorman: The Legend of Ron BurgundyStep Brothers, and more — were all his failed attempts at drama. The writer-director has explored sexism in the workplace, the 21st century manchild, and unrelenting ignorance throughout his body of work, to hilarious effect, but rarely a subject matter this serious.

With The Big Short, McKay has made his first drama, but even he resists putting that label on his film. Based on Michael Lewis‘ book, adapted by McKay and Charles Randolph, the film is a potent mix of laughs and misery, depicting the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis. The Big Short stars Steve CarellChristian BaleBrad Pitt, and more actors we all know.

We discussed the tricky tone of the film, why you can’t kill dogs in cinema, and more with Mr. McKay. Here’s our Adam McKay interview:

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christian bale interview

Christian Bale has played plenty of “real-life” characters throughout his career. From Melvin Purvis to Dickie Eklund to Irving Rosenfeld, he’s portrayed all walks of life. In Adam McKay‘s The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis‘ nonfiction novel, Bale plays Dr. Michael Burry, a brilliant hedge fund manager who spotted the impending doom in the housing market.

The Big Short is very much an ensemble piece, but Bale’s role is quite different from his co-stars. Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling are almost always in the same room with another actor, sharing clever exchanges, while Bale is often alone in his office. Loneliness is a theme in The Big Short, and Burry best represents that theme.

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zoolander death scene

Not enough modern comedies end with the demise of their characters. At least that’s what writer-director Adam McKay thinks. He’s been itching to kill off some of his characters for years now, including Baxter (Anchorman) and the horrific yet charming leads in Step Brothers, Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly). Another protagonist McKay would’ve enjoyed seeing perish in pure agony? Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller).

Read about the Zoolander death scene we never saw after the jump.

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anchorman 3

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was a descent sized comedy hit but it still took nearly a decade for the stars to align for a sequel. And when that film was released, director Adam McKay said that Anchorman 2 would be the last adventure of Ron Burgundy. Of course, he retracted that statement in a separate interview a couple months later, clarifying that he doesn’t know how the movie will play “until about two years after they come out, when people see them on repeat viewing.”

Now that the filmmaker is out promoting his new film The Big Short, McKay is again being asked about a third Anchorman film. And this time it sounds like he has some potential ideas. What could Anchorman 3 be about? Lets hear Adam McKay speculate about a possible third film, after the jump.
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The Big Short Trailer

This winter, comedy director Adam McKay (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers) takes the leap to a different genre by directing the financial crisis drama The Big Short. Based on Michael Lewis‘ book of the same name, the story follows Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt as four men who try to take on the banks before a major collapse in the global economy.

A new The Big Short trailer shows off the star-studded cast, including the impressive supporting players who are bound to make this a major awards contender at the Oscars this season. Watch the new trailer below! Read More »

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There is a real anger and sadness to The Big Short, and as wild and as funny as the movie is, the humor never makes light of or sugarcoats the 2008 financial crisis. The humor, if anything, heightens the drama and the pain we see in co-writer/director Adam McKay‘s (Step Brothers) uproarious dramedy.

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The Big Short is a slight change of pace for Adam McKay. The man behind Step BrothersTalladega Nights, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is taking on a more serious subject matter with his adaptation of Michael Lewis‘ nonfiction book. As serious as the housing crisis is, that doesn’t mean McKay isn’t bringing his outrageous sensibility to the film.

After the jump, watch a featurette for the director’s newest picture.

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As for whether he’ll return for the sequel, McKay sounds open to it. Read what he had to say after the jump.

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