Magazine article Screen International

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

Magazine article Screen International

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa

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The Crazy, Stupid Love. co-directors talk about working with Steve Carell and keeping a story emotional.

In the engaging rom-com Crazy, Stupid, Love. Steve Carell plays a cuckolded man who stages marital protest by throwing himself from a moving car driven by his wife. "The writer [Dan Fogelman] had a friend who jumped out of a car," co-director Glenn Ficarra reveals. "In the movie Steve was relatively unhurt, but that was the genesis for Steve's character."

Ficarra and his filmmaking pal of a quarter-century John Requa previously directed the Sundance 2009 entry I Love You Phillip Morris and had been looking for a follow-up. Warner Bros sent them the script after Carell recommended the duo. Ficarra remembers being impressed by what he read. "It was an excellent script. I rarely read a script in one sitting."

There's no shortage of mutual appreciation between the filmmakers and their lead man. "[Carell] is a comedic straight man," Ficarra says, "who plays it very close to the vest and is almost always the funniest person in the scene. …

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