INTERVIEW: Director Jake Kasdan on making ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story’


Jake Kasdan has lived his entire life with a surname that's been associated with great filmmaking, but when it came time to enter the family business, he decided to take a different route, focusing more on comedy first with his debut Zero Effect starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller, and then joining the Judd Apatow camp for his high school television show "Freaks and Geeks" and its follow-up "Undeclared." Kasdan's first studio film Orange County introduced many young people to one Jack Black, and earlier this year, his independent feature The TV Set, which took a comedic look at the television industry's pilot season, was released through THINKFilm.Now Jake Kasdan is back with Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, a satirized musical biopic starring John C. Reilly as the title's Dewey Cox, a musician from the South who tries to overcome childhood tragedy and the rejection of his father to make a name for himself. That career takes him from highs to lows and everything in between as one would normally expect in any good biopic, but in this case, it's all done to huge laughs.


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