A Vanity Fair quote in which Katherine Heigl dared to offer her honest, not-entirely-glowing assessment of the movie credited with graduating her to full-fledged stardom instantly became the source of much debate: One faction—let's just call them the "Apatow loyalists," cried, "Katherine Heigl can't say those things! Who does Katherine Heigl think she is? Doesn't Katherine Heigl know Knocked Up made her, and Knocked Up can just as easily destroy her?," while the other—let's just call them "women"—simply replied, "You go, girl behind the questionably motivated character written so as to service the whims of a very peniscentric screenplay!" New York magazine's Vulture blog approached the film's lauded writer-director for his own take:
"I think the characters are sexist at times," he told us, "but it's really about immature people who are afraid of women and relationships and learn to grow up."
"If people say that the characters are sexist, I say, yeah, that's what I was going for in the first part of the movie, and then they change."
When we asked if he's had his feelings hurt, he blamed Vanity Fair for twisting poor Katherine Heigl's comments. "I've done a lot of interviews, and when you're promoting a movie, you talk for hours and hours and hours, and so it's very easy for something to be taken out of context. I'm just happy people are talking about Knocked Up six months after it came out."
Apatow in fact sees so much commercial benefit to the free publicity, a second DVD release, entitled Knocked Up: Deluxe Chauvinist Pig Edition, is being planned for release in second quarter of '08: a four-disc, bonus-packed extravaganza featuring commentary tracks in which Heigl and co-star/Mrs. Apatow Leslie Mann offer fascinating insights into what they were feeling during all those fantasy-baseball-league-crashing, overbearing-nag moments.