David Schwimmer makes film directing debut

Fri Mar 28, 2008 7:57am EDT
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By Kemp Powers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In 2004 when his hit television comedy "Friends" ended, David Schwimmer longed to direct a feature film, and four years later his debut movie "Run FatBoy Run" finally rolls into theaters on Friday.

Schwimmer, nominated for an Emmy as the quirky Dr. Ross Geller on "Friends," honed his directing skills on stage in Chicago for years and directed several "Friends" episodes.

He was attached to direct "Run FatBoy Run" even before "Friends" left the air but the movie languished with an American production company that was unable to get it off the ground for a variety of reasons.

Still, Schwimmer, 41, stuck by plans to make "Run FatBoy Run" his film-directing debut because, he said, it had a lot of heart.

"I'd been reading a lot of scripts and this was the first one I laughed out loud at throughout. More importantly, I was really moved by the story," he told Reuters.

The comedy revolves around a hapless, overweight security guard named Dennis (Simon Pegg) who abandons his pregnant fiancee Libby (Thandie Newton) at the altar. Realizing his mistake years later, Dennis tries to win back Libby by running in a marathon against her new boyfriend.

At the same time, he is trying to build a relationship with his son, now about 6 years old. Seeing his earnest effort, his friends and family rally around him.

Schwimmer describes "Run FatBoy" as "three movies in one" -- a broad physical comedy, a love story and a sports movie.   Continued...

<p>Director of the movie "Run, Fatboy, Run" David Schwimmer poses for a portrait in Los Angeles March 24, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on March 28. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>