Adam Shankman approaches causes important to him with a certain sense of humor.
The choreographer-turned-director, who was at the helm of the recent "Hairspray" and "
In 2010, he publicly proposed to fellow
And in 2008, Shankman signed on to direct a three-minute short for the comedy site FunnyOrDie.com.
"Prop 8 — the Musical," which now has 7.5 million views, starred John C. Reilly, Allison Janney and
"Funny is my go-to defense strategy," he said. "I like holding up a mirror to hypocrites and those who are mired in the culture of fear and hatred, and showing them and everyone how ridiculous and idiotic they are. It's just my way."
It seems fitting that Shankman had a potent, yet funny moment, when he learned of the Supreme Court's rulings that struck down a key part of the federal
"[I] was at the David Bowie exhibit" in London, said Shankman, who first saw the news on
Shankman said that while there's talk of a sequel to "Prop 8 — the Musical, " Wednesday's high court rulings affect him on a more personal level.
Shankman is planning a wedding with fiance Frank Meli, whom he calls "the great love of my life."
But the "The Wedding Planner" director said his own nuptials will be a small -- and perhaps even serious -- affair.
"What I want to say to [Meli] in the vows is very personal and private, and I just don't want to make a production out of it," he said. "Besides, making 'The Wedding Planner' put me off the whole wedding thing forever. Too much work."