Most of my writing work has been in film. I have done some TV, but most of it has been in film.
I have immense admiration for the writer/directors and director/actors who just seamlessly do both jobs at the same time.
When I first did ‘Best in Show,’ I had never done any improvisation.
I’m an old school actor in the sense. More and more now, I play myself as I get older. Even as a writer, I never got typecast. I’ve always bounced from project to project or initiated my own things.
Chris O’Dowd is a very special talent. He’s one of those very, very rare actors who can be the clown, or he can be the straight man playing off the clown, in a scene.
There’s no traditional three act structure – or beginning, middle and end – to a family tree. By its nature, it has almost infinite different branches, or episodes, to explore in every direction.
The truth is very few of us are related to Napoleon or Cleopatra. Although, those are bad examples as I am actually descended from both of them.