Stiller loved the Steve Conrad adaptation of the 1939 James Thurber New Yorker short story, he said. "It's definitely a comedy; what I liked about about the script Steve wrote is that he's in touch with the emotion of story. Mitty is a daydreamer; audiences have heard of that character but don't know the story. Danny Kaye did a musical comedy in the 40s, but this one isn't because I don't sing or dance. Why does someone live in their head? It got into interesting areas. If you're living in a movie and not questioning what it's supposed to be--it's the director's job to create a world the audience feels comfortable in and enjoy the ride."
Tribeca live-streamed the event as part of the Tribeca Talks: Directors Series. Hear some decidedly juicy "Meet the Fockers" trivia, learn about Roach's approach to working with actors who are also directors and more in the video below.