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Adam McKay’s Defining Moment

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“The big moment for me was when I first watched the rough assembly of the movie, which our editor did an amazing job with,” the film’s director says. “I’ve never seen one that played as well as this. Usually it’s a mess, with long parts of it that don’t make sense. I was actually watching the footage like it was a movie. And that was when I said, ‘Oh, my God. I think we actually kind of knew what we were doing.’ ”

Carell wears his own clothing and a watch by Omega. McKay wears his own clothing. Photographed on location at the Empire Hotel, New York City.