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You need the audience to go on the ride with you. You can’t just isolate them.
Adam McKay

You’re not a slave to those test audiences.
Adam McKay

The key is a good story. If you have a good story, you have enough emotional beats that you can hit.
Adam McKay

I gotta say – if I clicked on a movie interview, and the first part was all about Walt Whitman, I’d love that article.
Adam McKay

The easiest time to be funny is during a fairly serious situation. That way, you can break the ice. It’s crazy, but even at funerals, people will get huge laughs.
Adam McKay

I like to remind myself how hard acting is. I do parts in friends’ stuff.
Adam McKay

For some reason, people with comedy, any time they can detect a pattern, it kind of freaks them out. ‘Those guys are always together!’ Yeah, they’re a comedy team. Anything they can recognize as a pattern they think is a hole.
Adam McKay

There’s nothing more fun than mean-spirited characters.
Adam McKay

I always thought George Bush was more oblivious than mean, but oblivious can quickly go to mean.
Adam McKay

If you aim for parody right off the bat and it misses, no offense to the filmmakers, but it is Meet the Spartans.
Adam McKay

I think there’s a tendency to think geeks and nerds are just sweet guys that were picked on, but that hasn’t been my experience. I’m certainly not like that, in a lot of ways.
Adam McKay

You think of movies like ‘Midnight Run’ and ’48 Hours’, those are great movies, especially ‘Midnight Run.’
Adam McKay

In the past, in the ’60s and ’70s, genres were much more segmented. You had action guys who were deadly serious about it, and I think you had comics that were comics.
Adam McKay

Nowadays, the truth is, I think a lot of the newer generation of action stars usually are pretty self-deprecating and cool. I mean, Dwayne Johnson is a great example.
Adam McKay

You can’t really do a big character in an action film; you’re already suspending your disbelief in the action, then to suspend your disbelief in the character is too much.
Adam McKay

I love Paul Rudd.
Adam McKay

I am actually talking about possibly adapting ‘The Boys,’ by Garth Ennis, which would not be a comedy, but an action movie with comedy elements to it.
Adam McKay

My wife is pretty geeky and will occasionally quote ‘Anchorman’ at me.
Adam McKay

Any time Chris Nolan wants to call me for advice, he can.
Adam McKay

Things I used to get in trouble for writing at ‘SNL,’ suddenly other people like it.
Adam McKay

We, Will Ferrell and I, were approached by Sequoia, which is a big financing firm up in Palo Alto; they do a lot of Internet stuff, and they came to us and said they had an idea for a comedy site, and Will and I were sorta like, ‘Yeah, we don’t know. It’s the Internet, we’ve seen it come and go.’
Adam McKay

A lot of shorts spend too much time setting up the idea; sometimes they meander.
Adam McKay

As far as what makes a viral video, then it’s gotta be something that you’ve either never seen before, a fresh piece of comedy, or something that relates to something topical.
Adam McKay

I hired Tina Fey for ‘SNL,’ which was certainly a good match. She took off right away there.
Adam McKay

My theme song is ‘One Tin Soldier’ by Coven.
Adam McKay

I love ‘The Wire;’ that’s my favorite show, so I’ll watch that.
Adam McKay

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