Ben Stiller looks back on 'Reality Bites,' 'There's Something About Mary,' and more

'This is either going to be really, really, really, really funny or it’ll just be awful'
Ben Stiller
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Ben Stiller brought his hilarity to the SmartLess podcast as he joined hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett for an in-depth conversation about everything from applying makeup in front of your children to proper neck tattoos.

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During the conversation, Ben also recalled his first time reading over the script for his role in the 1998 comedy There’s Something About Mary and what was different about that movie than all the others he worked on.

“I remember reading the script very clearly and laughing out loud reading the script thinking this is either going to be really, really, really, really funny or it’ll just be awful, just like the worst movies ever,” Ben said.

Willing to take the risk, Stiller says he started to question things more as he arrived on a set that very much reflected the dynamic of the movie.

“Working on the set… that was where I was like, ‘wait, is this actually going to work?’ Because it was such a weird environment,” he said. “It was just not like any movie set I’d ever been on. They were having so much fun and playing practical jokes on each other — you know — very politically incorrect practical jokes,” he laughed.

Listen to Ben’s full conversation with the guys on the new episode of SmartLess, available now!

SmartLess features hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, and Will Arnett as they connect and unite people from all walks of life to learn about shared experiences through thoughtful dialogue and organic hilarity. Each week, a host surprises the others with a surprise guest prompting organic and genuine conversation. New episodes release every Monday.

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