The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Answering those questions today is Paul Feig, the prolific American director, writer, actor, and producer who counts Bridesmaids, The Office, and Freaks and Geeks among his credits. Feig recently executive produced HBO Max’s Love Life and NBC hit Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. He is currently adapting BBC comedy This Country for Fox.
Feig uses The Film That Lit My Fuse interview to reflect on formative influences, such as 1972’s What’s Up, Doc?, and reveals that watching Steven Spielberg’s Raiders Of The Lost Ark was the first time he appreciated the art of directing. He adds that It’s A Wonderful Life represented “everything I wanted to do with a movie.”
Check out the video above.
Watch on Deadline
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.