But the conversation, moderated by Times columnist (and documentary star) David Carr, didn’t dig too deep into career highlights, instead concentrating mostly on their new film, a “sort-of sequel” to “Knocked Up.” “This Is 40” focuses on Rudd and Mann’s characters a few years down the road, dealing with aging, keeping their marriage together and raising their children (played once again by real-life children Maude and Iris Apatow). The semi-autobiographical script by Apatow drew inspiration from both his own marriage and that of Rudd and his wife Julie, and it was these connections that interested Carr who steered much of the conversation into more personal waters.
At times the candid Q&A had the feeling of a marriage counseling session that just happened to have an audience of several hundred people (and of course, the entire internet). Highlights from the chat included Apatow revealing his favorite “Freaks & Geeks” character (Bill), the origins of “fat Rudd,” and how having difficult childhoods might have made them more creative people. You can watch the entire thing below. Read our review of the film here.