Now for a little bit more about Adam McKay's history and creative process. McKay spent most of his early years in comedy, specifically the impov industry. If you think presenting in front of a crowd for your public speaking class is difficult, try improv. Improv takes immense creativity because it requires on-the-spot wit and acting. McKay practiced improv with the Second City comedy troupe, and even became the head writer for Saturday Night Live . When it comes to the creative process, McKay has an odd way of helping himself develop screenplay. He stated, "sometimes as an exercise, I will tell the story of the movie to my youngest daughter, as a bedtime story. I will change some details to make it a fairytale allegory" . This may sound familiar to you, if you have ever had to explain a problem to a friend - like a fifth-grader - to help yourself understand it better. McKay benefits in a similar way. He learns what holes the plot may have, where the momentum of the story is, and what the overall flow is like.
Although one can argue that most of McKay's comedies revolve around Will Ferrell, the plots and characters surrounding Ferrell are always different and consistently creative. In an interview with Index Magazine, both McKay and Ferrell stated that a comedy cannot be successful with one character leading all the jokes. The more funny characters there are contributing to a movie, the more interesting it is . Creating outrageous plots and adding many characters is one way McKay stretches his creative boundaries. Lastly, although The Big Short does have many hilarious moments, the tone of the movie is more in the drama and documentary genre, instead of a comedy. Being able to write movies with different tones and interactions has helped establish McKay as a versatile and creative writer.
Ending this tribute to Adam McKay, I will leave you with a favorite Ricky Bobby quote of mine: "Well let me just quote the later-great Colonel Sanders, who said 'I'm too drunk to taste this chicken.'"