John Radnor is best known for his role as Ted Mosby, the central character in the hit CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” But that’s likely to change as he continues to flesh out his resume as a talented film writer and director. His first feature, “Happythankyoumoreplease” (2010) had, in his words, “a really small theatrical run, but has had a fantastic life on DVD and television.”
Now comes “Liberal Arts,” a thoughtful and entertaining film about growing up and moving on, which opens in New York and Los Angeles and on Video on Demand September 14.
Radnor spoke to The Arty Semite about film distribution, how his TV and film careers impact each other and how a graduate of the Columbus Torah Academy accidentally got the show business bug by doing a mitzvah for a friend.
Curt Schleier: Did anyone express concern that not only were you acting in a film you wrote, but you also were directing?
Josh Radnor: I think it was a concern for the first film, because I hadn’t done it before. People get alarmed about first-time directors all the time. There are stories of people who get in over their heads. But as Herculean as the task seems, it is doable; a lot of people have done it. And now I’ve done it twice; that’s not to say that it’s for everyone, because it certainly isn’t.
What do you think about the way many films are being released quickly on television?