AT: Did you get involved in the writing of it?
TF: No writing. It was written by Karen Croner, she worked with Paul Weitz. Paul Rudd and I rehearsed. Because I'm a writer I am less inclined to try and change things in someone's script than other actors, I know what a giant pain in butt that can be.
AT: Do you aspire to be a director?
TF: I really respect people who are born directors who think in pictures. I know at core I am a writer. The ideal situation is to be a writer- producer and not have to hassle as a director, not have to play the shots. Paul Weitz is legitimately well-read and smart enough to be operating in that world. When you are going to proceed and do a script that is not yours it's a big relief to know that everyone involved is smarter than you.
AT: How was it playing opposite Paul Rudd?
TF: He's just a delight, I'm comfortable with him.
AT: Whose idea was casting the incomparable Lily Tomlin as your hippie mother?
TF: I may have suggested her, I was thrilled at the idea of it. She's just great, someone I've admired. She was as much of a thrilling scene partner as I thought she would be, a committed, lively team partner. Sometimes when you shoot on film they save all their energy for when the camera is on them. She doesn't do that.
AT: What are you working on now?
TF: I'm developing a couple of movies and pilots with friends and then hopefully we'll eventually pitch some TV with NBC again.
AT: Will you write your own screenplays?
TF: I want to. I'd do that again, I've only written the one screenplay, it's very hard, but satisfying. I saw "Mean Girls" on TBS and I thought I should do another one.
AT: And another book?
TF: I put all that I knew in 40 years into 270 pages. I don't have enough life experience.