October 2, 2008

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Liberal Laughs: Filmmaker David Zucker on his new satire, 'An American Carol,' and why he converted to conservative politics. (Sarah Ball, 10/02/08, NEWSWEEK

David Zucker made his mark in Hollywood as the madcap brain behind the spoof-comedy classics "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun." But now for something completely different: post 9/11, Zucker experienced a conservative political conversion, and his new film, "An American Carol," is a satire of the Charles Dickens tale featuring a liberal documentary filmmaker named Michael Malone who learns the true spirit of America. Zucker spoke with NEWSWEEK's Sarah Ball.

NEWSWEEK: Your movie is filled with jokes about Hollywood liberals. Was this a hard sell in town?

David Zucker: Hollywood studios did not want to make this. We finally found a French company, of all things, to distribute it. This ends all my snide remarks about the French. [...]

Does spoof cancel out message?

No. Back in the early 1980s there were crazy airplane disaster movies that were taken seriously. So we made "Airplane!" and said, "Look, guys, the emperor has no clothes." I'm always trying to find new targets, and the loony-left really appealed to me as a source.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 2, 2008 11:03 AM
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