Posted at 5:38 PM on November 18, 2008
by Euan Kerr
Paul Feig admits that, like the hero of his new children's book "Ignatius MacFarland:Frequenaut" he hoped a UFO would come and take him away. He had seen "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and was inspired by the idea that a culture from outer space would send a space ship to pick up the worthwhile human beings. As he was being bullied at home in Michigan, outer space looked like an improvement. So he sat on his roof with a telescope and waited.
Luckily for us the UFO never arrived, and he took those feelings of alienation and frustration to create "Freaks and Geeks," the short-lived but now much loved series which lasted less than a season on NBC/ You've heard of some of the other people involved: Judd Apatow, Seth Rogan, James Falco, Jason Segel.
Feig described the experience of doing a casting call in Vancouver and having Seth Rogan and Jason Segel walk in. They knew in seconds they had to have Rogan and in a few seconds knew they were going to rewrite a part for Segel.
So where does it got for the geek in film now? Feig says he doesn't know, but all things come to an end. One thing he does know though is everyone feels like an outsider, and that is what makes his material so appealing. He has at least four more Ignatius MacFarland books in him, and a whole lot of "The Office" to direct.
Don't expect him to go away any time soon. You can hear him speak at length here.