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Bruce Almighty - Tom Shadyac Q&A



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. This is your third collaboration with this gentleman [Carrey], I would expect that by now you've almost got a shorthand going?
A.
[As Carrey mouths the words] Jim and I can speak without even speaking, really.
Yeah, we do have a shorthand, we're friends and we hang out. I've spent half my professional life with this guy.

Q. What was it about Morgan Freeman that made you know that he could do the comedy in a seemingly effortless fashion?
A.
Well Morgan has a great sense of humour. Just the way he would read a joke, he has a terrific sense of humour about it. And our God had to be funny, he couldn't just have that sense of presence, strength and power.. he had to be funny.
The whole movie, really, is about God having a sense of humour. I mean look who he created....

Q. Were there any protests from people who were offended by the depiction of God in the film?
A.
There's always a certain section that's always very zealous and rigid and not even open to the idea of exploring God.
But early on, we actually heard of a radio show, where a talk show host was saying that this movie is blasphemous; but he hadn't even seen it yet.
But virtually all of his callers said they did not find the concept blasphemous.
This is not a movie that makes fun of God. It is God having fun with us, with our tendency to be self-indulgent, and thinking there will be more to our lives.
But God does not start with perfect characters and neither do we. You can't tell stories with perfect characters, because there is nothing left to tell.

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