Ben Stiller

First of all, the first cut of the movie was like three and a half hours and I walked away going, ‘Wow, I know there’s like twenty minutes that I can cut – ‘ when I first saw it ‘But I don’t know after that.’ The first time I put up then in front of people I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I can take that out and that out and that out.’

Well, this movie I’ve been working on for a while. I had the idea for the movie like twenty years ago when I was doing ‘Empire of the Sun’ in 1987 because at that time that’s when all these Vietnam movies were being made and my friends and I were going on auditions for these Vietnam movies and my friends were getting them and going away to fake boot camps.