Podcast: Dan Fogelman Talks Crazy, Stupid, Love

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Dan Fogelman. Photo by: DAVE ALLOCCA

Dan Fogelman. Photo by: DAVE ALLOCCA

Adorable, charming, and an amazing writer, Dan Fogelman has it all. So, why does he need to write a film called Crazy, Stupid, Love if life is such a peach? Because he’s human. And, that  — why love is so crazy wonderful but so terribly stupid at the same time — is the focus of his new movie. The film stars Steve CarellRyan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Julianne Moore and comes to theaters July 29. With a series of successful animated films (Cars, Cars 2, Tangled, and Bolt) and a big-budget comedy (Fred Claus) under his belt, Fogelman decided it was time to write something from the heart. He set aside everything he learned about writing commercially, he says, and pounded out this beauty “relatively quickly.” Script caught up with the man — who is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood — to get a few secrets to his success.

Podcast highlights include:

  • “I write a lot quickly and then work on fixing it after …”
  • “Figure out what works for you and make that a pattern.”
  • “You need to be able to separate the good ideas from the bad …”

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11 thoughts on “Podcast: Dan Fogelman Talks Crazy, Stupid, Love

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  2. MattWalterMatt Walter

    I haven’t seen this movie yet, but I really enjoyed this interview. I share a lot of the same writing practices as Dan. I also tend to “vomit” out my scripts and then go back for fix-ups once it’s all written. My logic is you can never write too much in a first draft. Editing should be designated for the second draft.

    I also really liked how he gets feedback from his girlfriend (who isn’t in the biz) because I do the exact same thing. She’s both my toughest critic and my biggest fan at the same time.

    Thanks for another great interview Jenna!

  3. Carrie

    The appeal that got me to buy a ticket to the Theater is Ryan Gosling. I will see anything with Ryan Gosling in it. He stole my heart in “Lars and the Real Girl,” an amazing movie on many levels, that he should have won an academy award for. Every scene with him and Steve Carell made the movie a must see.

  4. Carrie

    I will see anything with Ryan Gosling in it. He stole my heart in “Lars and the Real Girl,” an amazing movie on many levels, that he should have won an academy award for. Every scene with him and Steve Carell made the movie a must see.

  5. Cassie Selleck

    I absolutely loved this movie and thought the entire time, ‘I have to see who wrote this, because the writing is incredible’. While I understand what Dean McClure is saying, I have to disagree. There were a few things that I could have done without…case in point, the 17 year old giving naked pics to a 13 year old. We would be SCREAMING if it were a 17yo boy giving naked pics to a 13 yo girl. It’s wrong. But it’s life and it happens. Not okay, but it happens. I just don’t want to see it glamorized. Other than that, I think that the writing was spot on. The laugh out loud moments were earned. The dialogue was real and what was left unsaid was palpable. I am waiting for it to come out on DVD. Haven’t liked a movie so much since Catch and Release or Crash or Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her.

  6. ethelwaldo

    I loved this movie is what I call a very readable movie in the sense that you can see it and imagine the written script as it fleshes out. Excellent work all over the project!

  7. Dean McClure

    It is one of the worse movies I’ve ever seen, and a waste of good talent. I’ve seen great writing, and had some of those writers/directors made this film, it would have had better humor, more depth, and even a touch of little elegance – without being crass.

    And what’s sad is that you have no idea what I’m talking about.

  8. Jax Davis

    I loved this movie. I had not heard anything about it and tagged along with a few friends who claimed the film was hilarious enough to see for a second time. Of course being a screenwriter I had to see what film could lure in viewers again at full-movie going rate! I enjoyed the movie so much it lured me for a second time as well. I was laughing so hard I knew I missed a few lines worth going back to catch! The screenplay is simple and yet surprisingly different! I am so jealous and would be please with myself to write something half as funny as “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

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