A life out of the or­di­nary

Ben Stiller plays a man who steps out of his com­fort zone in TheSe­cretLife­OfWal­terMitty.

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Struck by the no­tion pre­sented in James thurber’s 1939 short story – that ev­ery­one is a hero in­side who goes un­no­ticed – Ben Stiller de­cided to make The Se­cret Life Of Wal­ter Mitty. Di­rect­ing and star­ring in the film, Stiller de­scribed it as one of the most chal­leng­ing and mean­ing­ful films of his ca­reer.

In a tran­script pro­vided by the film dis­trib­u­tor, twen­ti­eth cen­tury Fox Film, Stiller the­o­rised why the clas­sic tale about a day­dreamer who es­capes his un­re­mark­able life by en­ter­ing a world filled with fan­tas­tic adventures still res­onates with peo­ple. “It is the idea that we all have so much in­side that no­body knows about. Wal­ter sees so much but no­body re­ally sees him. I thought that was a beau­ti­ful idea.”

For the film, Stiller ex­panded the idea a lit­tle bit. “this film is not just about a guy who has crazy day­dreams. It is about a guy who is try­ing to get in touch with him­self. I liked the idea of the guy step­ping out into the world and ac­tu­ally try­ing to make a change.”

Wal­ter (Stiller), a photo ed­i­tor at Life mag­a­zine, took on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing the man of the house af­ter his fa­ther died when he was just a teenager. While he en­joys his cur­rent job, Wal­ter longs for some­thing more, es­pe­cially a re­la­tion­ship with a col­league, ch­eryl (kris­ten Wiig). So he dreams about a life in which he is the great­est hero ch­eryl would know.

How­ever, his com­fort­able bub­ble faces real jeop­ardy when the mag­a­zine is bought over and is go­ing dig­i­tal. Wal­ter is tasked with de­vel­op­ing the neg­a­tive of the photo taken by the mag­a­zine’s most fa­mous pho­tog­ra­pher (Sean Penn) who thinks it should be the cover of the last is­sue of Life.

Only prob­lem is, the neg­a­tive is miss­ing, leav­ing him with no other op­tion but to travel to the ends of the world to find the pho­tog­ra­pher and get the neg­a­tive. Hence, be­gins Wal­ter’s amaz­ing jour­ney for real.

the clear mes­sage in the film is to live in the mo­ment and ap­pre­ci­ate it – some­thing 48-year-old Stiller has come to re­alise is true. “It’s one of life’s big­gest chal­lenges. First of all it’s chal­leng­ing to be­come aware of it. I think most of us go through our lives not even aware that we’re not in the mo­ment.

“I think maybe I re­late to Wal­ter’s story at this point in my life be­cause I’m get­ting to an age where I’m be­com­ing more aware of those things. As you get older you start to think more about time and how short life is and you start want­ing to take ad­van­tage of the mo­ment.” — Mum­ta­jBegum

The Se­cret Life Of Wal­ter Mitty opens in cine­mas na­tion­wide tomorrow.

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