We bring you some facts about This is 40 director, Judd Apatow

With This is 40 hitting Irish cinemas this week, we have gathered together some facts about director Judd Apatow that we feel you really ought to know…

He is a fan of the Ricky Gervais show Extras. He once stated that the show was one of the only comedy creations that made him laugh every time.
Extras is possibly Gervais’s greatest and most underrated work, so we are with you there Judd.

One of his other favourite comedy creations is Young Frankenstein.
The ‘Putting on the Ritz’ sequence is one of the funniest scenes in cinema. Bravo Gene Wilder!
“For safety’s sake, don’t humiliate him”

Apatow had a MySpace page.
Eugh. We all had MySpace pages but we don’t admit to it…

He stated on his MySpace page that his influences are Hal Ashby, Garry Shandling, Cameron Crowe, James L. Brooks, David Chase and John Cassavetes.
OK, if the reason Apatow had a MySpace page was to pay tribute to these fine people, then we forgive him.

Judd Apatow has made full frontal male nudity a personal mission, saying “America fears the penis, and that’s something I’m going to help them get over”.
We are all for breaking down boundaries, but we think Apatow may have a struggle on his hands here…

When on the Late Late Show recently, he asked host Pat Kenny whether he takes Viagra.
We’re still giggling at this one.

Was the first person to ever guest edit Vanity Fair’s comedy issue.
Good for you Judd Apatow! Any time you want to guest edit Movies.ie, give us a call.

In 2007, he was ranked #1 on Entertainment Weekly’s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
Oh he’s not only funny, he’s clever too? Damn.

Directed a spoof video for Funny or Die, in which Daniel Radcliffe claims he is Harry Potter…
And we all laughed.

Despite his fame, Apatow has only directed four films; Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Funny People and This is 40. He made his name through writing and producing.
Our favourite is still Anchorman. Which is yours?

Words: Brogen Hayes

This is 40 is in Irish cinemas from February 1st