Judd Apatow has revealed how Kelly Clarkson’s name became immortalised as a yell of pain in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Clarkson’s name is infamously shouted by Steve Carell in the 2005 comedy during a scene in which his character has his chest waxed in order to make him more attractive to women.
The filmmaker appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show to promote his new movie The King of Staten Island and the host grilled him about how the memorable line came about.
“I’m gonna blame Seth Rogen,” Apatow said.
“There’s a picture of a piece of paper with all the curses we gave Steve to scream when he gets waxed and in the middle, on the column that says ‘clean words’, right in the middle it says ‘Kelly Clarkson’ in Seth’s handwriting.”
“I love that I made it between ‘burger panties’ and ‘throbbing monkey tail’,” Clarkson responded.
The singer added: “It doesn’t matter what I do in my life, no one remembers me for anything other than that. I have sung for presidents, a pope, it doesn’t matter what I do.”
The 40-Year-Old Virgin was Apatow’s first movie as director and introduced his now trademark, semi-improvised comedy style.
As well as Carell and Rogen, the movie also starred Paul Rudd, Catherine Keener, Romany Malco, Elizabeth Banks and Jane Lynch.
It received strong reviews and was a financial hit, earning $177m (£142m) at the worldwide box office.
The King of Staten Island is Apatow’s first fiction feature comedy as director since Trainwreck, starring Amy Schumer, in 2015.
It stars Saturday Night Live alum Pete Davidson as 20-something stoner Scott, who is struggling to piece his life together years after the death of his firefighter father.
The movie is intensely personal for Davidson, who also co-wrote the script based on his own experiences of losing his father on 9/11.
The King of Staten Island is available to rent at home now.