The story first appeared in The New Yorker in 1939, a period similar to our own when so many people were caught in an economic calamity not of their own making.
It was first made into a movie in 1947, starring comedian Danny Kaye. But the script was substantially altered to play to Kaye’s comedic talent, much to Thurber’s dislike, according to Turner Classic Movies.
Stiller brings his own deadpan comedic style to the film as Mitty. He co-stars with Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn.
The plot has been updated to reflect modern day calamities, while Mitty lives a tedious life of a magazine photo manager. He’s henpecked by his wife and taunted for his meekness by co-workers.
But in his daydreams, he takes off on a number of perilous adventures. Stiller also directed and produced so he must think the picture is the perfect vehicle for him. It hits theaters Christmas Day.
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