Director Jay Roach has been gearing up for The Campaign for years now, even if it wasn’t a conscious decision: the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis-starring politi-comedy (arriving August 10th) might—at first glance—seem like the sort of thing that any comedy director might be able to tackle, but look closer and you’ll see a film that needed the touch of someone familiar with the world of politics. After his last two films (Recount and Game Change), Roach was the perfect guy for the job.
Along with some other online press, I traveled to The Campaign set back in February. While there, we had a chance to speak with Roach about working with Galifianakis and Ferrell, where Roach’s career path almost took him, and to find out just how much of The Campaign is based in reality. Wanna know what he had to say for himself? Meet me after the jump.