Jerry Zucker interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Jerry Zucker

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Acclaimed comedy director, writer and producer Jerry Zucker shares his experiences crafting iconic films like Airplane! and Ghost, and discusses collaborating with his brother David Zucker and friend Jim Abrahams, working with both comedic and dramatic actors, as well as his personal philosophies on humor.

Jerry Zucker recalls the specific directions given to the actors in Airplane! as he and his brother David and their collaborator Jim Abrahams developed their own style of satire.

Zucker believes Whoopi Goldberg's performance was the grounding force between the drama and comedy in Ghost.

Switching from comedy to drama helped Zucker define for himself the essential role of the director.