Director Judd Apatow directs Pete Davidson in a an alternate reality that “could have” happened in The King of Staten Island in the understated break through of the year.
According to USA Today: “Directed by Judd Apatow and co-written by the “Saturday Night Live” star, the dramedy centers on slacker tattoo artist Scott, played by Davidson, as he deals with life after the death of his firefighter father. The trailer also shows Marisa Tomei as Scott’s mother, Margie, and Bill Burr as her new love interest, Ray.”That’s the date my dad died,” Davidson’s Scott says at the beginning of the trailer, while showing off a tattoo on his right arm. “He was a fireman. Died in a fire 17 years ago.”
Apatow discussed the inspiration for the story in an interview with Entertainment Weekly published Friday.
“The movie is an imagining of what Pete’s life might have been like if he never found comedy,” the director said. “A lot of what we discussed was how when you have a loss in your family it brings up all of these issues that take a long time to work through. By writing this movie and thinking through his life, he hopefully had a cathartic experience trying to let go of a lot of the obstacles that have complicated his life.”
Watch Apatow describe below and the trailer afterwards.
The King of Staten Island drops June 6th on all platforms.