After September 11, I sat in my house for a year and I was scared. In that first year, all that was happening was that the next one was coming tomorrow, maybe this weekend, maybe on Monday. That entire year, everybody was panicked. The second year, the attacks were going to come on the holidays. Be careful on July 4th. I wouldn't go to Times Square on New Year's Eve. The third year, we're not sure it's going to come, but what they kept telling us is that this is never going away, right? One day I thought that this is insane! What is our life like? We're going to hide until we're killed? You want to get back to a normalcy, even if there is some impending doom, and normalcy in my mind is to be able to deal with it, in a motion picture comedy. There have been no comedies [about this], certainly not from America. The comedies that have been made that take place in the present are generally these teenage sex comedies that never talk about the world, so they're not going to deal with it. So what are you going to do? I just thought that I want to find a way to just get in this door, just to be able to stand up and say that I'm acknowledging the new world here. Maybe we can get a few laughs for 98 minutes, and then we'll go on.
- Albert Brooks
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