How Frank Coraci Booked His First Hollywood Directing Job

Film Courage: …So it goes to home video [Frank’s first feature film] and meanwhile, how long then before you get your next job which is THE WEDDING SINGER?

Frank Coraci, Filmmaker: Meanwhile Adam [Sandler] was having his career go in a really good way and I was determined not to come to LA without a movie because I knew everybody was a director and Adam had seen the movie and loved it. I remember he had his agent see it and they were like “This is cool.” The fact that I had done a movie, Adam couldn’t wait for me to direct his movies. He had done (I think) BILLY MADISON and by then he called me up and said “I’m working on a comedy album.” He’d already made a movie. “Come to LA come for two weeks and help me with the comedy album.”

It was an album called “What The Hell Happened To Me?” So I wrote on a bunch of skits, I acted on some of them and then I did a music video for one of the songs.

It was “Steve Polychronopolous.” It’s kind of a precursor to THE WEDDING SINNGER because it was an 80’s bully. It was all about 80’s wardrobe, stone wash pants and

the bi-level haircut. I shot this video and I didn’t realize like all the eyes because Adam was just starting to really excel. Every bigwig in town came to see “Who’s this Frank Coraci?”…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here). 

Check out Frank’s latest film HOT AIR – in Theaters 8/23/19!

About HOT AIR: For twenty years, Lionel Macomb (Steve Coogan) has been the reigning king of conservative talk radio, delighting his fans and enraging his opponents with his angry charisma and caustic wit. Lionel spends his days ranting about hot button issues from health care to immigration, shaping the shouted debates of a divided nation. And millions listen. Now Lionel is at a crossroads. He seems bent on sabotaging his relationship with Valerie Gannon (Neve Campbell). He’s in a ratings war with his former protégé, Gareth Whitley (Skylar Astin), who has rebranded himself as the kinder, gentler voice of the right wing. He’s embroiled in a public spat with a powerful senator (Judith Light). He’s in danger of fading into irrelevance. When Lionel’s sixteen-year-old niece Tess (Taylor Russell) shows up seeking his help with a family crisis, Lionel must confront the complicated family he’s long since left behind. In Tess, Lionel has finally met his match: a smart, determined, brazenly honest sparring partner. Tess is facing her own dilemma, a stark choice between supporting her troubled mother (Tina Benko) or embarking on a life changing opportunity she’s worked so hard to earn. As this unexpected bond develops, and his career crisis reaches a breaking point, Lionel must decide whether to rethink the power of his words and his legacy. Will he open himself up to a new kind of responsibility and connection? Or will he stay his fiery course, burning anyone who gets too close?


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