10 Questions with Little Fockers Director Paul Weitz


What was your most memorable moment while filming Little Fockers?
Probably the night of my birthday when Bob DeNiro and Jessica Alba came out and sang me Happy Birthday with the crew, who I love.

What was the biggest hurdle making Little Fockers?
Realizing I can’t control everything.

How was it working with such a great cast?
It was great. Every actor is different, every actor has their own instrument, and I like working with people who are artists and who also get the joke of life.

What would you do if you weren’t in the film industry?
I’d try to be a half-decent elementary school teacher.

How do you define success?
I define success as having one’s own definition of success.

Who would you consider to be your hero?
Anton Chekhov and my dad.

What’s the one movie you could watch over and over again?
The 400 Blows.

What is the most useful directing tip you’ve picked up?
Move the camera, move the actors, and sit down.

Has your style changed since your directorial debut, American Pie?
I hope so, but I still feel as lucky to get to do it.

You’re both an accomplished writer and director — is there one you enjoy doing more?
Thank you. Each one is the antidote to the other. I love sitting alone with a bunch of imaginary people, and I love walking onto a set and being a crew member myself. I’m the crew member who’s directing the film.


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