I had the amazing opportunity to fly to Los Angeles for the press junket of This Is 40 and interview Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, and Judd Apatow. It was such an incredible experience.
The movie is hilarious and there’s one scene in the film that has forever made a lasting impression on my brain. It’s a scene where Paul Rudd is checking himself for hemorrhoids. I laughed so hard, I was crying. I’m taking my husband to see it today because it’s that good. I can’t wait to see the hemorrhoid scene again and this time, I’ll try not to laugh so hard so I can keep my eyes open and watch the whole movie.
Who knew I’d be this excited about hemorrhoids.
On to the interview…
Q: Leslie, were you worried about your daughters reaction to the film. That they would take it to heart and think this is how their dad sees the family?
Leslie Mann: I don’t know how (Judd) describes it, but to me, it isn’t our life. It’s more like everybody’s life. It feels emotionally that it’s truthful to what we go through, but it’s also truthful to what all of my girlfriends are going through right now and what they struggle with. We’ll sit down and have dinner together and have creative conversations about all of this stuff (in the film).
Q: In the film, the characters talk about how they would kill each other? Have you thought about that with your respective spouses?
Mann: I sometimes think when I’m home alone–because it’s rare that I’m home alone–I think, “What–where–wait, Judd has arranged for the kids to be out of the house, and he’s not in the house, so it’s easier for the hit-man to come in and kill me.”
Q: I hope it wouldn’t be the wood chipper as described in the movie.
Paul Rudd: That’s a really bad way to go. It’s certainly fast, but, I mean, you’re hoping to get caught if you do that because there’s a lot of clean-up involved.
Q: In the film, your older daughter is obsessed with Lost. How did that theme in the movie come about?
Judd Apatow: (My oldest daughter) Maude watched Lost in six weeks and was just crying and emotional. And Leslie and I were, like, “Well, she’s 80 in, should we let her watch the last 30? What do we do?” And she was so upset all the time, and it made me laugh because when I was a kid, we didn’t watch the entire series of Barnaby Jones in a month. It’s a new phenomenon, this absorption of television and the Internet. So, it seemed like a funny detail to put in the movie in terms of just not understanding how to deal with technology.
Q: Are there any memorable parenting moments you’ve had outside of filming?
Rudd: When (my son) was about three, he was going through that phase where he didn’t want my wife and I to talk to each other. And whenever we would just be at home and we were talking to each other, he would say, “Don’t talk.” And I remember saying to him, “Your mom and I are going to talk. We just are.” And he goes, “No, I don’t want you to.” And I said, “Well tough, you’re just going to have to get used to it. It’s good that mommy and daddy talk.” So then, we would continue the conversation, and he would just at this said, “No, stop talking. Stop talking.” We kept talking. He kept saying stop talking. We kept talking. And finally, he yelled, “Action.” And we looked at him, and he said, “When I yell ‘action,’ you’re not allowed to talk.” And I realize he’s been to too many sets that I have been working on. Then I started laughing so hard at that, and then he started laughing, and then he just went, “Cut.”
This Is 40 comes out on December 21st!
*To read the rest of the interview, go here.