Sleepwalk With Me's Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia Discuss Their "Feud" With the Avengers' Joss Whedon
08.31.12 by Ryan
The comedy Sleepwalk With Me opened last weekend to $68,801 in one theater, which, while impressive, doesn't hold a candle to The Avengers' $1.4 billion, and yet there's a feud between Avengers director Joss Whedon and Sleepwalk With Me's director, co-writer and star Mike Birbiglia. Well, sort of.
Based on Birbiglia's one-man show about his career in comedy, love life, and all-too-real sleepwalking affliction, Whedon shot a personal video a few weeks ago that urged fans to "stop" Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me and "boycott" the movie when it opens in some 30-odd theaters before it could affect The Avengers, which is now down to less than 500 theaters. "We're about to beat Joss Whedon, who declared war on us," joked Birbiglia to Hollywood Dailies. Or was he joking? Check the clip above to find out.
So how did this online "feud" begin? Below you can watch Whedon's comments and see why Birbiglia's movie makes Whedon "nervous."
OK, so perhaps Sleepwalk With Me isn't really a threat to The Avengers, but check out the trailer below to see why Whedon called it "hilarious and interesting and fun."
Produced by NPR radio host Ira Glass, Sleepwalk With Me co-stars Lauren Ambrose (Wanderlust), Carol Kane (The Bounty Hunter) and James Rebhorn (Real Steel). Check here to see if the movie is opening in a theater near you.