For his next trick, Judd Apatow could take on Broadway.
"I have a great idea. Maybe like the best idea I've ever had," the "This Is 40" director told GQ in a new interview. "It requires me to create characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with my experience."
Apatow is a prolific writer, having not just scripted his four directorial outings ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up," "Funny People" and "40"), but also episodes of "Freaks and Geeks," "The Larry Sanders Show," "Girls" and movies like "Walk Hard" and "You Don't Mess With The Zohan." According to Apatow, his stage work, however, could be heavily influenced by the audience.
"I'm noticing that I really wish there was another part of my relationship with the crowd," he said to GQ. "It just feels weird to work on [writing] something alone, and then you're editing, and then you just chuck it out there and watch it once or twice with the audience, and then it's gone and you never feel it again. I wish it was a song I could perform. I miss doing something where I'm interacting more with the audience. I like the idea of writing something and rewriting it every night based on how it's playing."
According to Apatow, the play would be about something "complicated, relevant and political" and focus on the criminal-justice system. He first floated the idea of writing a play to his Twitter followers in the spring of 2011.
While that untitled project could happen in the future, Apatow has his attention currently fixed on the debut of "This Is 40." The "sort-of sequel" to "Knocked Up."
"There's nothing fun about watching us get along for a couple of hours," Apatow told HuffPost Entertainment about the conflict-heavy new film. "The things we talk about here, they only spark every couple of years for [Leslie Mann and I]."
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