What are you personally working on right now?
The Farrelly Brothers are shooting a movie I co-wrote with Ben Stiller and Rob Corddry. They keep changing the title, so right now I think the studio is calling it Untitled Hilarious Farrelly Brothers.
What’s that one about?
I think the title explains it pretty clearly.
What about your other script, Semi Pro?
Semi Pro is the first script I’ve ever written completely alone. It’s kind of my dream project. We’re shooting with Will Ferrell in February. It’s based on the ABA, the American Basketball Association. I was a huge sports fan growing up. Semi Pro is like a 10-person unit on the road, in this s****y school bus. And they’re all too tall to fit in the seats. Everyone’s just trying to dunk and get laid. It’s inspired by true events that happened in the ABA in the ’70s. Unfortunately, the people reading this right now won’t see it for another year. That’s another thing about the movie business, you work so hard on something and then you’ve got to wait.
Is that the most frustrating aspect of making movies for you? The hurry-up-and-wait?
For me, the most frustrating thing is the battle between PG-13 versus an R rating.
I know the MPAA set certain standards and guidelines for PG-13.
I can’t remember all the rules, but I think you can say “f**k” two times and a certain number of “shits.” You can’t say “hand job,” but you can say “ass.”
You can say “jerk off” but you can’t say “hand job?”
No. Well, yes. I mean, you can say “jerk-off” if you’re talking about somebody, but you can’t say “jerk off” when you’re talking about actually masturbating. And you can’t show masturbating on film either, unless you are a priest. That’s a rule, I’m pretty sure.