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Interview: Hot Tub Time Machine's Josh Heald

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If you're not familiar with Josh Heald, you've at least no doubt heard those four little words he made so famous: Hot Tub Time Machine. As the writer of the film, the idea for such a wacky, hilarious, throwback ski comedy is all his. LAist was fortunate enough to sit down over some (spilled) coffee with Heald as he talked about getting his project off the ground, working with such a great cast, duping IMDB, and of course that damn title.

LAist: You wrote a piece for Hollywood.com that did a really good job of explaining the genesis of Hot Tub Time Machine. Was that a preemptive strike towards the questions you were bound to hear about how this movie came about?

Josh Heald: People ask me in every interaction, or say ‘I’d love to be a fly on the wall, and see that pitch meeting go down, they must have all been high’. It was just me wanting to answer those burning questions. I just didn’t want to tell the story 100 times.