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[Movies] Director Seth Gordon Talks Identity Thief
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.04.2013

Coming Soon has interviewed director Seth Gordon about his upcoming film Identity Thief, which opens this Friday. It stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. Here are highlights:

On comedies about identity theft: "Yeah, I mean it's very topical and I had actually been working on a documentary in this world, sort of cyber-crime, phishing and it spilled into identity theft, and that's part of what was compelling to me about it. I knew the truth and the intensity of what this world really is and I thought a comedy in that world would be great. The script which Craig Mazin wrote really captured that wonderfully I thought."

On doing research on the topic: "Yeah, I've met some people who sort of traffic in identity theft and I met more that were victims of it. It's nefarious, treacherous and terrible. I saw this movie as an opportunity somewhat to educate people on what all this is, but also to keep it entertaining as well. I don't think people realize that there's nothing the police can do if it's an interstate crime and the role of the skip tracer and the collector in all of this, they can operate state lines without having a license is also kind of crazy, so it's stuff that I tried to put into (the movie) which is all accurate and honest, but hopefully it doesn't bog the story down too much but also honors the truth of the situation and it's severity."

On the stunts in the film: "Yeah, it's all a great partnership with Gary Hymes, who is the second unit director for all the stunt stuff and the stunt coordinator, who does everything from the "Fast and Furious" series to "Argo" all the way back to "Dukes of Hazzard." He's just been around and he's amazing. We just worked together on this to build… that's one of my favorite parts of the movie and one of reasons I wanted to do it was that it had real action sequences that I could sink my teeth but also not overwhelm the movie. I feel like they fit within the tone of the movie and feels like it all serves character and it all feels of a piece with the rest of it, so that was a fun thing for me and it definitely started with that chase scene in Boston. I really liked doing that. The movies we aspired to be like with this movie were "Midnight Run" and "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" so I loved the action in those movies where it really feels real and it feels visceral and like it's really happening."


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