Adam McKay’s ‘Don’t Look Up’ is uncomfortably close to reality

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Hi there! It’s Mark Olsen, film writer for The Times and “The Envelope” podcast co-host.

On this week’s episode, director Adam McKay joins me to discuss the real-life events that inspired his latest film, “Don’t Look Up,” including a near-death experience that shaped his perspective on this apocalyptic comedy. He also details the challenges of making an absurdist satire in absurd times. You can listen to the full conversation now wherever you get your podcasts or on, where you can also read the full transcript.

Director Adam McKay

“You watch the news and you’re hearing things that just seem like they’re from an over-the-top sci fi movie from 1989...I’ve just experienced this sort of collapse culture that we’re in on those two sides of really upsetting and at the same time beyond the wildest farce you could ever imagine.”

— — Adam McKay

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