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'Interview' fallout no laughing matter in comedy world
'Interview' fallout no laughing matter in comedy world

In the early 1990s, writer-director Jim Abrahams was making a big studio comedy about a mission to kill a foreign dictator — and not just any foreign dictator, one the United States had recently gone to war against: Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The idea of targeting a sitting world leader for 1993's "Hot Shots! Part Deux" didn't raise alarms at the studio, 20th Century Fox. For Abrahams — who, with David and Jerry Zucker, had also made the boundary-pushing comedy "Airplane!" — it was just a natural subject for a funny movie. "Our thinking was that it's more fun to take pot shots at a real bad guy than to create a straw...

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