Director Miguel Arteta Talk ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY, His Love of John Hughes, and More

     October 7, 2014


Opening this weekend is director Miguel Arteta’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Based on the classic children’s book of the same name, the film follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible day of his young life.  But then, things get even worse and Alexander finds himself watching his upbeat parents (Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell), older brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey), and even the little baby of the family (Zoey andElise Vargas) going through a string of events so terrible that they make up the baddest of very bad days.  For more on the film, watch the trailer here.

At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed a video interview with Miguel Arteta.  He talked about how the project came together, assembling the cast, if the Wreck-it Ralph mention was in the script or his idea, what he learned from the test screening process, his love of John Hughes, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Miguel Arteta:

  • How did the project come together?
  • Talks about putting the cast together.
  • Was the Wreck-it Ralph mention in the script or his idea?
  • What did he learn from the test screening process?
  • Did he show his younger cast any films to help them get ready for their roles?
  • Talks about his love of John Hughes.



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