Jay Roach (Director/Producer)
Jay Roach (Director/Producer)

Jay Roach is an American film director and producer, best known for directing the Austin Powers films and Meet the Parents. Roach received his BA degree from Stanford University in Economics and an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1986. More Recently, Roach directed Dinner For Schmucks, the American remake of The Dinner Game, featuring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd.


Jay Roach is not your average director. Besides the fact that he has made a ton of hit films, he didn’t follow the same path many young Hollywood directors find themselves on.

In this second part of our Rogue Spotlight with Jay, he discusses his influences which include films like David Lynch’s Eraserhead and Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. Much like Allen, Roach infuses tragedy and pain into comedy and it works incredibly well. Although we are still waiting to see what Jay would do with a bleeding chicken!

Jay Roach Spotlight: Creating a Strong Story

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 11:04

Jay Roach is one of the most talented directors in Hollywood. He has an uncanny ability to turn something tragic into laugh out loud humor. This is especially evident in his latest feature Dinner for Schmucks starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Schmucks is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

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