Adam McKay Quotes

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'Blazing Saddles' is one of the funniest movies ever made.
— Adam McKay

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'Firewall' seems both scary and protective at the same time. And how often does that happen within one word besides 'military' and 'government?'

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'Step Brothers 2' would have been fun, there's no doubt about it. Maybe someday. Does that idea age? I don't know. It all depends on how the movie ages.

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'The Real World' is the most predictable arc ever. They get on the show, they're all excited, we're gonna be best friends, then people start drinking and get hammered, and say stupid stuff, and that's pretty much it.

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A dry stretch of commentary in the middle of an 'Anchorman' movie would have been a terrible thing.

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A lot of shorts spend too much time setting up the idea; sometimes they meander.

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Actually, 'Wayne's World 2' I kind of liked. I think 'Wayne's World 2' does have some creative things in it, some ideas in it.

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After thousands of hours of news coverage, we have learned that Hillary is a liar and Barack is a terrorist or something.

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All we have is our vote. But it's powerful.

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All you can really do as director is sort of set a tone.

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America is a country that prides itself on being able to identify a 'straight shooter' or 'the genuine article' when it comes to our leaders. As a nation, we can 'feel it in our gut' when someone is giving us a bum steer.

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Any time Chris Nolan wants to call me for advice, he can.

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Anyone in the comedy world knows that Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell are two of the funniest guys around.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger cut teacher's salaries and parks and libraries rather than raise taxes for the many California millionaires and billionaires.

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As far as how much you listen to the audience, you listen to them when they really hate something.

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As far as what makes a viral video, then it's gotta be something that you've either never seen before, a fresh piece of comedy, or something that relates to something topical.

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Basically, we used to have a rule at 'Saturday Night Live' that you're not allowed to bring up 'The Simpsons' at the rewrite table, because 'The Simpsons' has done every joke there is. Every week there would be guys going, 'The Simpsons did that.' I go, 'C'mon.' And 'South Park,' too.

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Benito Mussolini created the word 'fascism.' He defined it as 'the merging of the state and the corporation.' He also said a more accurate word would be 'corporatism.' This was the definition in Webster's up until 1987 when a corporation bought Webster's and changed it to exclude any mention of corporations.

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Billions have been spent for one purpose and one purpose only: to obscure and distract from the fact that Mitt Romney is backing the identical agenda George W. Bush did.

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Bush already gave obscene tax breaks to people like me and Warren Buffet, and we are saying it's not fair.

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Can anything good come of a backward way of thinking like judging someone based on skin color? No way.

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Celebrities and 'famous' people are just regular folks. I know, it's a shocking and potentially dangerous statement.

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Creative freedom is a huge carrot.

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Dave Herman as Michael Bolton is one of my favorite performances ever.

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David Owen Russell is probably my favorite filmmaker. He's not only a great director, but he's also a great writer.

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Depending on what state you live in, you may only have right-wing talk radio and FOX or CBN with MSNBC three hundred channels down the dial.

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Dick Cheney and Bush's rise to power were built on tons of money from corporations and a dulled press.

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Every time a congressman or pundit says its 'class warfare' to increase taxes on the wealthy, it's a massive lie.

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Every time a pundit or elected official is on any TV news program, it should be a polite formality to mention that GE has made such and such billions off the war in Iraq by selling arms or that Murdoch is a right-wing activist with a clear stake in who wins and who taxes his profits the least.

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Everything in America is so stratified by class now. We have the 93rd level of income inequality in the world. You're already seeing highway lanes that are for pay and ones that aren't.

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First and foremost when you're doing comedy, you gotta be relevant and applicable to the times that you're living in. When you try and just do comedy about who is dating who and lifestyle jokes, it gets tiring after a while. It's hard to be funny in that realm.

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First off, no one award-wise ever rewards comedy, which is... whatever. I don't care about that.

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For 'Breaking Bad,' people were with Walter White for 99% of that show, even though that guy is a monster.

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For my money, I don't think there's been a better comedy than 'Kung Fu Hustle' in a lot of years. That movie just knocked me over.

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For some reason, people with comedy, any time they can detect a pattern, it kind of freaks them out. 'Those guys are always together!' Yeah, they're a comedy team. Anything they can recognize as a pattern they think is a hole.

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Friends give me a hard time about the pants I'm wearing, which are made in China. Well, how do you find the right clothes? Or the right movie studio? The right people giving you checks? Good luck doing the right thing all the time.

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George W. Bush was a silver spoon dolt with no record to speak of other than bankruptcy and selling tropical plants, and we let him sail into the White House, but Barack talks about religious fundamentalism and guns being prevalent in poor areas, and we roast him for weeks?

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Governor Palin leans far closer to 'spokesperson' than representative of the people.

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Having a guy on a microphone yelling lines at you is counter to a lot of acting techniques.

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Having two kids, I don't get out to see stand up much anymore.

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I actually opened for Chris Rock at the Funny Bone one time.

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I always say the classier cousin of 'Anchorman' is 'Mad Men,' because when you really look at it, why do people really love Don Draper in 'Mad Men?' He's just a terrible guy. But we know why he's terrible, and I think that's really key to why you can be sympathetic to a character.

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I always thought George Bush was more oblivious than mean, but oblivious can quickly go to mean.

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I am actually talking about possibly adapting 'The Boys,' by Garth Ennis, which would not be a comedy, but an action movie with comedy elements to it.

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I can't exactly say why there's not much protest music to speak off. And I know there are acts out there still putting a message in their music.

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I do have to give it up for Sarah Palin on one account. She is brave.

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I don't think arrested-adolescent humor will fade. Maybe the form will change, but I guarantee its replacement will still be based in immature behavior from mature figures.

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I don't want to speak for my movies; you could say my movies are just completely silly and dumb, but in the case of 'Idiocracy' and 'Borat,' without a doubt there is a really subversive and sophisticated assault on American culture.

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I got the sense that Alabama is a place where people don't want handouts and don't much care for people talking out of the side of their mouth.

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I gotta say - if I clicked on a movie interview, and the first part was all about Walt Whitman, I'd love that article.

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'Blazing Saddles' is one of the funniest movies ever made.

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