Paul Feig quote

"Everyone takes pause at 40. It's the age you have to assess everything in your life. It's the fictitious marker that's always coming up when you're young. The world really does look at you to kind of have it together by 40, and be successful by 40. Whatever success means."

Paul Feig

Born: September 17, 1962

Occupation: Actor

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