Why Ben Stiller wouldn’t go digital for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

Why Ben Stiller wouldn’t go digital for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

Release Date: Dec. 25 Ben Stiller directs and stars as an office worker who lives inside fantasy worlds where he gets to live an adventurous life while romancing his co-worker (Kristen Wiig), and sets off a global journey to fix things when both of their jobs are threatened. With Adam Scott, Sean Penn, Kathryn Hahn, Shirley MacLaine and Patton Oswalt.

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by KEN LOMBARDI / CBS News

CBSNEWS.COM

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 8:44 AM

LOS ANGELES -- The “Secret Life of Walter Mitty” director/actor told CBS News that he’s sticking to traditional filmmaking techniques

Known for bringing in the laughs, Ben Stiller is instead taking a more dramatic approach with his latest film, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

Stiller plays the title role and also served as the director of this latest adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 classic short story, which has left a resounding impact on pop culture over the decades—although Stiller has said his film is more of a remake of the 1947 version starring Danny Kaye than the actual story itself.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a “Walter Mitty” is “a commonplace unadventurous person who seeks escape from reality through daydreaming,” which certainly sums up Stiller’s character.

The 48-year-old actor plays a Mitty for the modern age—a mid-level employee at a fictionalized version of Life magazine who can’t catch a break in his personal or professional life. He has a crush on one of his colleagues, Cheryl (Kristen Wiig), but can only seem to connect with her in his surreal fantasies. Mitty’s mother (Shirley MacLaine) also grows concerned over her son’s wild imagination.

But that all changes when a new manager (“Parks and Recreation” star Adam Scott) wreaks havoc in the office, forcing Mitty to go on a search around the world for a famous photographer, played in a cameo appearance by Sean Penn.

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