Actor Chris O’Dowd spoke to Fresh Air today about working with writer/director/producer Judd Apatow on Girls, This Is 40, and Bridesmaids:
He is incredibly smart but also very, very well prepared…and the way he’ll do things is he talks to you during the take so he will have maybe five or six really funny lines up his sleeve if he feels like the one he’s written isn’t working and I guess what you learn from that is just don’t be too precious about what you’ve written on the page yourself. Just make sure that what ends up in the editing room is a well to work from and he’s great at that. He just wants the funniest line.
Chris O’Dowd is now starring on Broadway in Steinbeck’s ‘Of Mice & Men.’