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What’s the most unexpected response you’ve gotten to the doc?
What’s been most surprising is how many people have reached out to me directly. I’ve worked on a lot of projects, and sometimes people like them and then you get three emails and they’re gone forever. People would watch this documentary and would feel the need to call or write me really long letters about what it meant to them. That part of it has been pretty overwhelming. I think it taps into a lot of theories people have about how they live their lives and how they relate to their families and their work. It brings up a lot for people.
How did making this film affect how you work?
I enjoy making documentaries because it’s as close as you get to making dramas. When you make comedies, ?no matter what is happening in a story, you’re thinking, “Yes, but how am I going to get people to laugh really hard, soon?” I very much enjoy dropping that aspect when telling a story. Luckily for me, Garry is so hysterical that in every section of the movie, no matter how happy or sad, Garry relates to it in a comedic way.
When you go to the Emmys in September, is there anyone in particular you want to chat with at the afterparties?
I’m most happy for The Americans because I’ve been a fan of the show since episode one, and I think they pulled off ?a remarkable feat — not only did the show remain consistent, it just got better season after season. It’s nice to see them get the recognition they deserve.
On the red carpet, what’s the one thing you never want to be asked about again?
Usually what happens is that something happened on the news that you haven’t had a chance to process yet, and they ask you about it. So something happens when you’re in the car on the way there and they want your reaction, but all they really get is your shock and terror. So maybe don’t ask about things unless they happened at least yesterday.
Finish this sentence: There ought to be an Emmy category for …
Watching all the shows that were on the ballot. Nobody ever talks about the fact that everyone who votes for the Emmy hasn’t seen 95 percent of the things they’re voting for.
This story first appeared in an August stand-alone issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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