First Look: First Real Photo from Judd Apatow's Funny People
by Alex Billington
January 6, 2009
As part of their big 2009 preview, Universal has debuted the first actual photo (not just the teaser poster) for Judd Apatow's Funny People. Seen in the photo is Adam Sandler as stand-up comedian George Simmons, Seth Rogen as his friend and stand-up comedian Ira, Leslie Mann as Simmons' love of his life Laura, and Eric Bana as Laura's current husband Clarke. Sound like one hell of a cast? It definitely looks like it! This is already starting to feel like Apatow's pièce de résistance. I hope it lives up to all of our early expectations because we're building up some immense hype for this. Check out the new photo below.
Over the past few years, writer/director Judd Apatow has shown that nothing—not even losing your virginity or the miracle of childbirth—is sacred. About his third film behind the camera, he says, "I'm trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies. Wish me luck!" When seasoned comedian George Simmons learns of his terminal, inoperable health condition, his desire to form a genuine friendship cause him to take a relatively green performer under his wing as his opening act.
Funny People is both written and directed by comedy mastermind Judd Apatow, of 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up, as well as "Freaks and Geeks", previously. The story in the film is inspired by Apatow's own real life experiences. Universal is debuting Funny People in theaters everywhere on July 31st, 2009!