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Watch: Ben Stiller and Director Jay Roach Dissect the Art of Comedy Directing in Tribeca Directors Series (VIDEO)

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood April 24, 2013 at 2:16PM

Last weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, frequent collaborators Ben Stiller and director/producer Jay Roach -- who worked together on the comedy franchise films "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" -- sat down to talk about past and future projects, including Stiller's "Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which judging from the footage screened at CinemaCon, could be a serious Oscar contender.
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Ben Stiller and Jay Roach at Tribeca
Ben Stiller and Jay Roach at Tribeca

Last weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival, frequent collaborators Ben Stiller and director/producer Jay Roach -- who worked together on the comedy franchise films "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" -- sat down to talk details of past and future projects, sneak previews, improvisation, what scares them and how not to show it on set, protecting the story, and Stiller directing himself in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which judging from the footage screened at CinemaCon, could be a serious Oscar contender this December.

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.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.