Happy Birthday: Stephen Merchant

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

stephenmerchant.jpgStephen Merchant

Born: November 24, 1974 in Bristol, England, UK

My father was a plumber and I remember him coming home when I was 16 and telling me he hated his job and I shouldn’t do it. I’m sure there are people who love being plumbers or working in offices and that’s great – there’s lots of jobs which might be considered mundane which people take great satisfaction from doing. We’re presenting characters who have jobs they don’t enjoy and that aren’t fulfilling them and ask if they’re going to do anything about it. It’s not interesting to do a story about happy people in a happy place. Extras (2005) was about people in showbusiness who weren’t happy doing that either.

Gnomeo & JulietGNOMEO AND JULIET
dir. Kelly Asbury
Stars:
James McAvoy
Emily Blunt
Hall PassHALL PASS
dir. Bobby Farrelly
Peter Farrelly
Stars:
Owen Wilson
Jason Sudeikis
THE INVENTION OF LYING Movie PosterThe Invention of Lying
dir. Gervais

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