The 40-Year-Old Virgin Is 15, So We Went Long on Secrets About Judd Apatow’s Directorial Debut

It's hard to remember a time when the Judd Apatow crowd wasn't cranking out movies at a rapid clip.

But it's only—or already?—been 15 years since he made his feature directorial debut with The 40-Year-Old Virgin, the title alone raising eyebrows before the first hair had been ripped from Steve Carell's chest.

Not that Apatow hadn't been stealthily shaping what would become 21st-century comedy culture since the 1990s.

By 2005, the stand-up comic and writer-producer on The Ben Stiller Show and The Larry Sanders Show, Apatow had already cranked out the woefully short-lived Freaks and Geeks with Paul Feige, created the...

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