Adam McKay On The 2008 Collapse In ‘The Big Short’ & The Role Of Convulsive Laughter In Storytelling


Given the comedy factory Adam McKay and Gary Sanchez partners Will Ferrell and Chris Henchy built in feature films, TV and videos, the director was a surprising choice to tell the sobering story of the 2008 global economic collapse. But McKay, a political activist who has been working sly topical references into scripts since he and Ferrell first met on Saturday Night Live, played to his strong suit to adapt the Michael Lewis book about a band of misfits who saw the perils in bundling shaky mortgages and profited handsomely by betting against them, when no one listened to their warnings.

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