Director Jake Kasdan Talks SEX TAPE, the Evolution of the Story, Working with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, WALK HARD, Upcoming TV Shows, and More

     July 17, 2014

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Opening this weekend is the comedy Sex TapeCameron Diaz and Jason Segel play a married couple who film a sex tape to spice up their love life.  Their video is accidentally uploaded to “the cloud,” which sends the couple through a series of hijinks to prevent everyone they know from seeing the video.  Ellie Kemper, Rob Corddry, and Rob Lowe co-star in director Jake Kasdan‘s follow-up to Bad Teacher.  For more on the film, watch the regular or red-band trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Jake Kasdan.  After spending some time talking about Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, we talked about making Sex Tape, working with Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, the evolution of the story from script to screen, his first cut, the relatively new pattern in Hollywood of showing cooperative couples rather than combative or contradictory ones, his upcoming TV pilots, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

sex-tape-posterJake Kasdan Time Index:

  • 0:25 – Kasdan looks back on Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
  • 2:30 – He reflects on his directorial debut, Zero Effect, and the emergence of the DVD home video market, compared to today’s availability of films online.
  • 4:45 – Talks about how he chooses the films he wants to make and his production timeline.
  • 5:20 – Comments on the script of Sex Tape and the attachment of Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, which convinced him to do the film.
  • 6:30 – Talks about the evolution of the story from script to screen.
  • 7:30 – Reveals that the length of his first cut was around an hour and forty-five minutes, and their plan was to keep a pace that felt like it never slowed down.
  • 9:25 – Comments on the relatively new pattern in Hollywood of showing cooperative couples rather than combative or contradictory ones, and making female comedy characters as important as their male counterparts.
  • 11:35 – Talks about working with Diaz and Segel again, and calls them “fearless” in their approach to comedic acting.
  • 13:30 – Reveals that two television pilots that he’s developed have been picked up, plus comments on Fresh off the Boat and star Randall Park.

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