New movie hits Apa­tow close to home

Is a fam­ily af­fair,

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age of 44, suf­fered a mid-life cri­sis.

‘‘I’m blessed to have this amaz­ing fam­ily and do this work, but there is a part of ev­ery­body – you get to a cer­tain part of your life and you think ‘This is it. I’m not go­ing to be a pro­fes­sional luge driver’,’’ Apa­tow smiles.

To gaze into Apa­tow’s life, just buy a ticket to This is 40.

Pete goes through much of the angst Apa­tow felt and not only does Mann play Deb­bie, but Apa­tow cast Maude and Iris to play the cou­ple’s kids.

‘‘That’s three salaries I get to keep in the house,’’ Apa­tow jokes. ‘‘I get paid three dif­fer­ent ways.

Mann, who turned 40 in March, agrees there are def­i­nite sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween Pete and her real-life hus­band, in­clud­ing pick­ing food out of a garbage can and eat­ing it.

As for that scene where Mann squeezes Fox’s breasts, Apa­tow says it was not some fan­tasy he cooked up.

‘I for­get where that idea came from, but we did want to talk about how when you are 40 and you’re hang­ing around a 25-year-old with a per­fect body, you feel ter­ri­ble about your­self,’’ he says.

‘‘At one point we re­alised she (Mann) should say ‘Are they real?’ and she (Fox) says ‘Touch them. Check them out’.’’

opens to­day.

The cast of

in­cludes Paul Rudd and Les­lie Mann (right).

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