Congratulations to Adam McKay on being nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay for his Wall Street-skewering film, The Big Short, based on the Michael Lewis book of the same name. A deft writer & director, McKay's three-peat of comedy all-timers like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers, established him as an unquestionable comedic talents in Hollywood.
The Big Short was his first foray into overtly dramatic themes, and he has knocked it out of the park.
McKay's legacy is often tied to collaborator Will Ferrell, with whom he partnered to found online comedy behemoth, Funny or Die. In an interview with Hypable, McKay discussed the exciting challenge of directing Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in a film centered around one of the most catastrophic financial collapses in American history and its residual impact on millions of people; Carrell digs deep into a scene to capture a moment, while Gosling's fourth-wall puncturing role demands a different, nuanced approach. What doesn't break character, however, is McKay's penchant for directing from his own script, a habit he has kept up throughout his career and which he considers an integral part of his actors and films' success.
It's no coincidence McKay was able to coax impressive performances from Hollywood A-list actors like Cristian Bale, Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling; he has a talent for drawing big-name dramatic actors. Like the time -- in an interview with Larry King -- McKay and Judd Apatow lured Harrison Ford onto the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Check out the video clip below:
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