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Judd Apatow Addresses the Haters

Director Judd Apatow and actor Paul Rudd attend the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' 'This Is 40' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 12, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Judd Apatow is not a stranger to criticism, be it for something he's done himself ("This is 40") or something he's gotten behind ("Girls"). But the writer/director/producer/dude doesn't usually address the haters -- until now.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Apatow explains that he thinks people don't like some of his work because it addresses uncomfortable aspects of humanity -- "Freaks and Geeks" looked at the funny and painful side of being unpopular, and "This is 40" addressed some of the more challenging aspects of trying to be happy in life.

Talking specifically about "This is 40," Apatow had this to say:

For some people, the movie might be scary. Because it is about people struggling to be happy and having a hard time. Some people go to the movies for an escape and some people go to the movies to feel more difficult emotions. What I'm trying to do is talk about things in a complex and deep a way as possible, while also trying to be hilariously funny. That is something that people don't try that often. Some people really dig it, and some people don't [laughs].
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Apatow added that "Girls" runs into some of the same issues, addressing, as it does, the awkward and dark sides of love, life, and sex.