/// Q&A: “The Internship” Director Shawn Levy on Making a Feel-Good Movie About Google

May 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital


Hollywood and Google are putting aside their differences over piracy and payments and focusing on what really matters: A feel-good buddy movie set at a beautiful corporate campus full of free food and world-changing aspirations. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in “The Internship” “”The Internship” — starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn and filmed in part on the actual Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif. — comes out June 7. I got a chance to see a screening of the movie, my quick take is it’s a two-hour commercial for Google. But it’s also actually funny, so it’s an even more effective commercial. I’m not here to spoil it, and  while I know zilch about the film business and whether it will be successful, but I was interested in the Hollywoodized version of techie culture and Silicon Valley. So I asked “The Internship” director Shawn Levy to talk about what it was like working with Google and portraying a company that so many people know so well. While Levy stressed that no money changed hands, he said that Google helped out on everything from technical advice to co-founder cameos. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation. Liz Gannes: Tell me about how the premise of the movie came together. Shawn Levy: Vince had this idea basically of two guys, him and Owen, in that moment where the economy is literally sinking and resulting in them not just losing their jobs, but those jobs literally going away. Entire areas of professions becoming obsolete. The notion of two such guys looking for a chance of reinvention in the belly of the beast, if you will, and in the sweet spot of an industry that is not at all going obsolete, but — in fact — becoming more and more relevant every day. The idea of that kind of mismatch of cultures, the analog guys in the heart of the digital world, seems interesting to explore, both comedically and thematically. Was it crucial that you shoot it at Google

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Q&A: “The Internship” Director Shawn Levy on Making a Feel-Good Movie About Google


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