Adam McKay hopes 'mainstream America' watches The Big Short

The 47-year-old director is eager to reach a new audience with his latest movie, 'The Big Short'

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Adam McKay

Adam McKay is desperate for mainstream America to see 'The Big Short'.

The director's latest effort centres on the financial crisis in the late 2000s and McKay - who is better known for helming comedy movies like 'Anchorman' and 'Talladega Nights' - is keen to reach a new audience with the film, which stars the likes of Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling.

He shared: "Boy oh boy, would I love for mainstream Americans to go and see this movie.

"That would be incredible. Hopefully with these stars in it, maybe they'll show up."

Although the economic downturn was triggered by a range of different factors, McKay thinks the movie's audience will easily be able to follow its plot.

He told the Sunday Telegraph newspaper: "At the root it's actually not so tricky.

"They just repackage mortgages and debt and give it strange names. Once I knew that I could understand it, I knew you can explain this to people.

"We've gone to malls to test the movie and there'd be 20 people explaining to the person running the focus group afterwards how a CDO works. So that was encouraging."

The Big Short

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 130 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Written by: Michael Lewis, Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Karen Gillan, Brad Pitt
  • UK release: 22 January 2016

In the middle of the biggest property boom in American history, a group of financial experts bets that it's all about to collapse. A righteous, angry call to arms dolled up with satirical absurdity, irony, montage, knowing cinematic and pop culture references, snappy dialogue and smoking hot performances from an…

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