Adorable, charming, and an amazing writer, Dan Fogelman has it all. So, why does he need to write a film called Crazy, Stupid, Love if life is such a peach? Because he's human. And, that -- why love is so crazy wonderful but so terribly stupid at the same time -- is the focus of his new movie. The film stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and Julianne Moore and comes to theaters July 29. With a series of successful animated films (Cars, Cars 2, Tangled, and Bolt) and a big-budget comedy (Fred Claus) under his belt, Fogelman decided it was time to write something from the heart. He set aside everything he learned about writing commercially, he says, and pounded out this beauty "relatively quickly." Script caught up with the man -- who is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after screenwriters in Hollywood -- to get a few secrets to his success.
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