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Hoping You Laugh And Cry, Director Judd Apatow On His Latest Comedy-Drama ‘The King Of Staten Island’

Judd Apatow visits 'The IMDb Show' on March 21, 2018.
Judd Apatow visits 'The IMDb Show' on March 21, 2018.
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Director and comedian Judd Apatow teams up with Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson in his latest comedy-drama “The King Of Staten Island”.

Apatow is known to make films that take inspiration from his collaborators’ own life experience. Past movies in his filmography, like ‘Knocked Up’, ‘This Is 40’ and ‘Trainwreck’, feel almost biographical. ‘The King Of Staten Island’ is no different. Apatow co-wrote the feature with Davidson . The film, also starring Davidson as its lead, centers around a man who lost his firefighter father at a young age and has been living in a state of arrested development since his death. He decides he wants to make something of his life and confronts his grief. The Apatow-directed feature hopes to not only be a funny escape given the circumstances of the pandemic, but also serve as an honest portrayal of how we process pain and grief. 

Today on FilmWeek, KPCC’s John Horn spoke with Judd Apatow on his latest film, what it was like collaborating with Pete Davidson, and his thoughts on getting back to filming as Hollywood starts to ease back into production. 

‘The King Of Staten Island’ is now available on VOD

With contributions from John Horn


Judd Apatow, director of “The King of Staten Island”; his past films include “Knocked Up”, “This Is 40” and “Funny People”; he tweet @JuddApatow