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Shawn Levy's 'Museum' debut had special effect on director

Shawn Levy's 'Museum' debut had special effect on director

The first time 20th Century Fox offered Shawn Levy the job of directing "Night at the Museum," he passed. And the second time. And the third. And the fourth. And the fifth.

Levy had directed the 2003 family comedy "Cheaper by the Dozen" for Fox, and that had proved successful. But for a director who had never done a single visual effect, the idea of taking the reins of a big-budget, effects-driven comedy — the story of an American Museum of Natural History security guard (Ben Stiller) who discovers that the exhibits magically come to life after dark — was, frankly, terrifying.

"I rejected it a half-dozen times because I was straight-up scared,"...

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