It's All an Act
Stern, The Movie
From geekness to
greatness, "Private Parts," the movie about the
life of the nation's No. 1 radio personality, is coming
to theatres March month.
The film features
Howard Stern as himself, along with key members of his
radio "family": Robin Quivers, Gary Dell'Abate,
Fred Norris, Jackie Martling and Stuttering John.
Ivan Reitman produced
the film, and Betty Thomas is the director.
"I'll be very
honest: I have not been what one would call a wild Howard
Stern fan," Thomas said. "I listened to his
show because my boyfriend liked him so much. I was as
surprised as anyone when I was approached to direct this.
It may well have been because the studio and the
producers knew I wouldn't make a Valentine Ode to
screenplay begins in the late '70s and covers events in
the radio star's life up until 1985. Screenwriter Len
Blum described his revelation in coming to terms with
"Howard's humor is
about reaching deep far below the surface and dealing
with the things we all think but are much too restrained
or terrified to say," Blum said. "And what
amazed me the most is that it changed the way that I look
at humor. I call it the 'talk First, think second'
Stern considered other
movie projects before settling on "Private
Parts," notably the (presumably) fictional,
"Adventures of Fart Man." It was the success of
"Private Parts" - a national No. 1 bestseller
in 1993 - that sold Hollywood decision-makers on the
profit-making potential of a Stern movie. The book's
notoriety and apparently candid self-portrait offered
film makers the raw materials needed for a viable feature