Magazine article Screen International

Will Reiser

Magazine article Screen International

Will Reiser

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50/50 writer Will Reiser tells Jeremy Kay about seeing the funny side of cancer -- and balancing laughter and tears.

It cannot be easy to write a comedy about your cancer, but somehow Will Reiser pulled it off: the resulting film has won afiercely devoted following and is attracting awards buzz. 50/50 is directed by Jonathan Levine and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Reiser's on-screen persona alongside the writer's real-life friend Seth Rogen.

The writing process, Reiser says, "forced me to go back." In February 2005 Reiser, who was 25 at the time, was diagnosed with amassive tumour on his spine. "The movie was an incredible way for me to process my experiences," the writer says. "When I was sick, I didn't know how to talk about what I was going through. Writing it was a form of expression and a way for me to process it, [which] was very cathartic."

Rogen and collaborator Evan Goldberg, friends from Da Ali G Show on which Reiser had served as associate producer, urged him towrite a screenplay about his experiences. …

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