'Mother' star makes feature directing debut
“How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor has made his feature directing debut on “HappyThankYouMorePlease.”Radnor wrote the script and starred in the comedy alongside Malin Akerman, Kate Mara, Richard Jenkins, Zoe Kazan, Pablo Schreiber and Tony Hale. The comedy follows the lives and loves of six New Yorkers not quite ready to embrace adulthood. The pic was produced by Tom Sawyer Entertainment’s Jesse Hara and Paper Street Films’ Benji Kohn, Austin Stark and Chris Papavasiliou. Glenn Williamson, Peter Sterling and Bingo Gubelmann are exec producers. Radnor worked on the script for several years, writing during down time from the CBS sitcom. Finding the funding was the next hurdle. “I took meetings for a long time, and everybody said they loved the script and couldn’t wait to see it, but did I have anything a little bigger, because this is a little small for us,” Radnor said. The funding came together in time for Radnor to shoot in New York during his series hiatus. He just wrapped and will edit while back to work on the series. “The script had gained fans, and we got a great cast,” Radnor said. “The hardest thing was switching back and forth from director to actor, though giving direction in the middle of those scenes gave me a weird and intoxicating sense of ultimate power.” Radnor’s repped by Gersh.