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THE OTHER GUYS

Working With Adam McKay
With just a handful of films, co-writer/director Adam McKay has established himself as one of the most original voices in the current generation of comedy directors. With Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Step Brothers, McKay's style and sensibilities have not only proved popular with audiences, but made him an attractive creative partner for actors as well.

One of the reasons actors like to work with director Adam McKay is that they get the opportunity to stretch their creative muscles. It's something of a directing style for McKay, who, Wahlberg says, created an environment where there was no fear of failure and anything was possible. "It's fantastic,” says Wahlberg. "I kept waiting for someone to say, ‘All right, quit screwing around,' but it never happened. Whatever you want to do, whatever you want to try, is okay. Adam works completely differently from everybody else.”

Other actors are even more effusive. For example, Eva Mendes, who joins the cast as Sheila, the wife of Will Ferrell's character, says, "I've been a McKay/Ferrell fan for a long time. A few years ago, the AFI asked me my opinion of the greatest movie of all time, and y'know, I could have said The Bicycle Thief, but I said Anchorman and I'm going to hold firm to that.”

McKay has long been Ferrell's creative and producing partner. After meeting on "Saturday Night Live” in 1995, the two have forged a close working relationship, with McKay co-writing three movies with Ferrell, directing four, and executive producing another. "He's one of the most creative directors I've ever worked with,” says Ferrell. "It's fun to be on set with actors who have never worked with Adam before, watching their reaction as he creates an environment where everyone feels safe.”

McKay says that his challenge was to keep the set as open and free to experimentation as he could, while also keeping it grounded enough that the action sequences made sense. "Obviously, we like to do silly, absurd things,” says McKay. "The Other Guys is an action comedy, and I think it's just as funny as the movies we've made in the past. But it's also a bit more badass – we really tried to come up with action scenes we hadn't seen before, and I think we came up with some fantastic stuff.”

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