Details From Inside Judd Apatow's Funny People

By Josh Tyler 2008-07-07 03:19:46discussion comments
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You’ve probably heard about Judd Apatow’s next project, a film about standup comics called Funny People, and starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Eric Bana, Jason Schwartzman, and Leslie Mann. What you probably haven’t heard is well… anything more than that. Till now everything about the movie has remained tightly under wraps. Tonight though we got our hands on a several pages of the script, which offer a few clues as to what Judd’s up to with this one.

The pages we have focus on a female character named Daisy and her relationship with a pair of roommates and standup comics named Ira and Marc. It’s seven pages, composed almost entirely of dialogue. Apparently Apatow doesn’t improvise everything his characters say on the set, as is sometimes assumed. He has plenty of talking planned. The tone is a lot more serious than any of his other work as well. Ira is in love with Daisy, Daisy is screwing Marc, and everyone seems to be making everyone else uncomfortable. Oh it’s certainly full of all the fuck jokes you’d expect, but it’s also a lot of relationship drama, in fact this thing almost reads like his attempt at a raunched-out, straight-up romance movie.

Here’s an exchange between Daisy and one of the movie’s other characters:

George: I know that Marc’s not good in bed. Don’t tell me he was a good lay. He can’t have a big dick. Look at Ira. He’s thick. He’s gotta have a thick dick.

Daisy: Actually, I have a really skinny vagina, so I’m not really into thick.

That’s the closest the script gets to a comedy bit, but it’s indicative of the sort of in your face, brutally honest language used throughout the pages we have in our hands. In that regard, it's about what you'd expect from an Apatow flick.

What’s really odd is that the characters all seem to behave as if they’re a bunch of immature frat boys, even though we know that the cast is primarily composed of quite a few thirty to forty-somethings like Adam Sandler and Eric Bana. Maybe that means the characters in these particular pages are the ones being played by younger actors like Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. If so, expect them to spend a lot of the film screaming at each other. In fact everyone seems to be eternally upset, and where there’s screaming there’s cursing. The MPAA should have a lot of fun with this one.

While the relationship drama in these pages seems to happen around Hollywood (there’s a little bit of starfucking), this doesn’t really seem to be a movie about comedy as has been suggested by some. It reads like a romance movie (done up with all the filth you expect from Apatow), that just happens to involve a bunch of comedians. It’s been hinted at before, but it seems like Apatow really may be skewing a bit more towards the serious with this one.
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