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Episode 14 - Downhill

Academy Award winning Director/Actor/Screenwriter duo, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, join Hollywood Unscripted to chat about THE WAY WAY BACK, THE DESCENDANTS and their new film DOWNHILL.

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the co-writers and co-directors of Downhill, join Hollywood Unscripted for a hilarious and candid discussion about their creative partnership.

They begin with their friendship, stemming from their days in The Groundlings (0:35). From there they explain the journey to their directorial debut The Way Way Back (2:23) and how they got the star names involved in the film (3:20). They discuss how the atmosphere on their sets leans toward being light and fun (3:49), how starting as actors informed how they create their projects (4:56), and how they work as a team when directing (6:05).

Then they explain the challenges and opportunities of adapting a film. Jim talks about the differences and similarities in Downhill and Force Majeure (7:45) while Nat explains how a writer needs to find their own voice in an adaptation (9:13).

They reveal the process of finding the balance in dark comedy (10:52). Jim explains how the audience is represented in the flagpole scene of the movie (13:22) and how they have larger-than-life supporting characters work in the framework of the film (13:48). They admit to seeing themselves in some of their writing and discuss how the audience can as well (15:27).

Jim talks about what he learned in his experience on The Writer’s Room (17:53). They then explain how they tackle disagreements in their partnership (19:09).

The conversation moves to upcoming projects and they explain the status of The Heart (20:54) and Batso and The Wall (22:01).

Both Nat and Jim weigh in on if being actors makes them better writers (23:06) and they review some of their favorite parts they’ve gotten to play (25:15). Finally, they each open up about what part of the industry they most enjoy working in (28:37).