With the romantic comedy/drama Celeste and Jesse Forever opening this weekend, I recently got to talk with director Lee Toland Krieger and co-writer Will McCormack. In the film, Andy Samberg stars with Rashida Jones as a divorcing couple who are having trouble maintaining their intense friendship while living together and pursuing other relationships. In addition, Jones co-wrote the script, and it’s a great mix of realistic comedy and drama. It’s definitely recommended. Celeste and Jesse also stars Elijah Wood, Chris Messina and Emma Roberts.
During my interview with Krieger and co-writer McCormack we talked about how Krieger came to direct the project, sticking to the script versus improv, balancing the comedy and drama in a realistic way and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Finally, click here to watch my video interview with Ari Graynor.
Kriger and McCormack
- They read Collider. Krieger calls Matt’s reviews “fair.”
- 0:50 – McCormack and Jones wrote the movie several years ago to provide a great role for Jones. McCormack loved Krieger’s The Vicious Kind and reached out to him to direct.
- 2:10 – They mostly stuck to the script because the quick shoot left little room for improv. The capable cast helped.
- 3:20 - Talk about balancing the comedy and the drama in trying to depict a realistic break-up.