Wrote "The Big Short," exploring the story of the '00s financial crisis.
Wrote and produced the TV movie "The Missionary."
Wrote and produced "Love & Other Drugs."
Wrote the political thriller "The Interpreter."
Wrote the screenplay for the drama "The Life of David Gale."
Attracted an agent after penning a script paying homage to John Waters called "Fat."
Was raised by two missionaries, who largely frowned on television.
Spent the first seven years after graduating from divinity school working as a philosophy and film theory professor in Vienna.
Constructed his three main characters in "The Life of David Gale" to represent three distinct philosophies. David Gale is the Socratic figure, the cowboy is a classical Stoic figure, and Constance is a second-wave feminist figure.
Explored a new branch of study every year he taught in Vienna, including topics like Czech New Wave cinema, British advertising, and American political rhetoric.