Peter Farrelly, Andy Griffith, Mary discussed on Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!
Reward a lifetime of success with something completely different Peter Farrelly along with his brother Bobby became famous for raucous comedies that had high box office and body humor. There's something about Mary and dumb and dumber among many others. Now, he has taken a turn towards the serious with his critically acclaimed movie. Green book about a road trip into the segregated south Peter Farrelly joins us now. Welcome to wait. Wait, don't tell me. Peter. Look into your career as a very successful film director, usually with your brother, and you did not have that classic sort of film school kind of background, right? No. I was counting major in college providence college four years, accounting, major graduated with a two point. Oh. After that. So did you whenever you I talked to like filmmakers are like. Oh, yeah. It was like making videos and in the fourth grade, and I was constantly going to the movies. You weren't one of those guys. No, no. We really didn't. We didn't have a movie theater in our town except for a couple of years in high school. There was one, but what we did love is television. And we I was more influenced by TV specifically probably the Andy Griffith show more than anything else. One minute. You are. All right. Let's go over some of your movies again. So there there's something about Mary and dumb and dumber and dumber number two and kingpin. And you telling me that the guys who made those movies were inspired by the Andy Griffith show. Yeah. I mean what we try to do is. You know, obviously, try to make you laugh, but we also want to make you feel some. And if you watch the show every episode you're gonna laugh, but you're also going to feel a little something that was unusual for TV show. You normally didn't feel much. Wow. I guess I mean I've noticed that about your movies that despite some of the gross out humor. They're very sweet at heart. Peter you act like you've never seen Barney fife before. Yeah. You guys whole air. Yeah. I've seen Barney fife. I don't remember the episode where he got his junk Cotonou zipper, though. The caring part is Andy Griffith. That was a white, man. You could trust. You know for my for my grandma and IT in those days, they entrust white people, but Andy Griffith. If you want to his town, they wouldn't jerk you around. Leave the town. But yeah. So wait a minute. So Peter, I mean, one of the things that amazes me is I know so many people who did everything they could to break into Hollywood. And they never managed. How did you get? How did you sort of start your career? Well, you know, it was it was very common nine years to get a movie made. But you know, I took the baby steps first of all I went off and wrote like three hundred fifty pages by myself for about six months. Eight months, and I went into luckily got into grad school humanity Amherst for creative writing and then I transferred to Columbia University for creative writing. And there I met somebody else. And then you know, we wrote a screenplay sanded out. And boom, boom boom nine years later. We finally got dumb and dumber. I gotta tell you. You know, we had never directed anything before not video commercial nothing student film. So we're figuring it out on the set. We were kind of like, you know. I'm very honest with everybody the crew saying, yeah, we don't know what we're doing help us out. I knew I knew the script that I wanted. But I know anything lenses cameras lighting, and let me ask you about your latest movie green book, which is out. Now, it is you've made a lot of movies since dumb and dumber. But it is a departure for you. Right. From usually new departure. Yes. Yeah. So this is a movie. Well, you can describe it. I don't wanna do that for you. Yeah. It's it's a true story. Nineteen sixty two black contra paneth's named Don, Shirley. Record company was sending them on a tour of the deep south. He was nervous about going. So he went down to the Copacabana nightclub in New York and hired the toughest bouncer and Italian American guy with a sixth grade education who was racist himself to drive him because he needed the muscle and somehow after being on the road for two months together. These guys became lifelong friends, and it was that part that was thing that really appealed to me. It's it's a serious movie, although it has last, but what's funny is is is it seems pretty restrained. You have to like restrain yourself from doing the things you normally do in a movie set. This is also an odd. Couple type store, you got contracts with three doctorates and sixth grade educated, you know, bouncer. And so there's tons of laughs in there that I train of avoided a lot of them come through. There's just natural laugh in there. But I didn't go Forgacs actually brings us back to Andy Griffiths, which was very thing was no joke. Folks. Nanny Gruber never had joked the humor had to come from the characters, and that's what I tried to do in this movie. I wanted any laughs to come from the characters. And that's what we tried to do. I gotta ask you one. Last question about your comedies though, because you're films are famous for like going pretty far. Sometimes I'm thinking of like the hair gel gagging. About Mary, did you and your brother ever come up with something? And you were like, no that's too far. Oh, yeah. Yeah. I say not knowing what your standards are in that. This is public radio. Can you tell us about one? I you know, what I I have some no. Well, Peter Farrelly. We are delighted to talk to you. We've asked you here to play a game. We're calling there's something about dairy. So. As we've discussed you made. There's something about Mary. So we're gonna ask you three questions about Deary answer to these three questions correctly. You want our prize one of our listeners, the voice of anyone they like from our show on their voicemail Bill who was Peter Farrelly playing for Rennell Cooper of San Francisco, California. All right here, we go. First question Americans feel pretty strongly about dairy. In fact, seven percent of Americans believe what a that. If you drink only milk every day, your bones will become unbreakable be that chocolate milk comes from Brown. Cows. Or C that cheese is poop from very special cows. Wow. You know, I I'm tempted to go with d because you know, it's America..