About Ben Stiller:
Benjamin Edward Meara is an American actor, comedian, and filmmaker. He is the son of veteran comedians and actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.
I grew up wanting to make movies, and along the way I suddenly found that I had a career doing comedy.
I'm not an expert on the Malaysian sense of humor.
Paul is Starsky, and I met him before shooting. He was very kind and encouraged us to go with what we wanted to do. It was very sweet to see them back with the car after 25 years.
The failure of The Cable Guy impacted my career. I had to start writing and acting again.
There's always an element of fear that you need to work a lot until people get sick and tired of you or finally figure out that you're a fraud after all!
It was a mixed blessing to have famous parents. It was tough to go to auditions and be bad, since I couldn't be anonymous.
I don't think know if anything's going to translate anywhere. You're making a movie, you hope it's going to be funny, you can't think about how it's going to go over.
I don't think the public is dying to see me necessarily be funny all the time.
Jim Carrey, a comic genius, has a harder time overcoming the public's desire for him to be funny simply because he's so good at it.
I've had a very good career and I'm grateful that the public has had some level of acceptance and appreciation of my work.
I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor.
Whatever talent I had, I'm sure it helped that my parents were in the business and that I grew up around actors, comedians and directors.
I love New York. I was sad, depressed and incredibly moved by our fellow countrymen and what they've done. I wanted to give people a chance to see something funny, have a distraction.
My parents used to throw great New Year's Eve parties. They invited such an eclectic mix of showbiz people. All those cool people were always hanging out at our apartment.
I have a lot of nervous energy. Work is my best way of channelling that into something productive unless I want to wind up assaulting the postman or gardener.
I don't devalue comedy as compared to drama. Not one bit.
I don't have a burning desire to be taken seriously as an actor. I don't have a master plan in that way.
I think most politicians could take a dodgeball in the face.
I think people will be curious to see what I can do as a dramatic actor.
I'm always willing to endure humiliation on behalf of my characters.