BHBL grad goes Hollywood

"My youth group leader Dan Matthews got me into comedy. I was a very shy kid and he realized I was really funny and encouraged me to get out in front of people I fell in love with sketch comedy," said Simons. "Christine Gangemi taught a film class in my high school and that was at a time where I first started seeing films as more than entertainment, as an art form. [She] encouraged me to pursue it on my own and look at it a different way."

"Megamind" might be his first script to make it into theaters, but he's hopeful it won't be his last. And if some of his past and present projects are any indication, he seems to have a good chance.

"We got some screenwriting assignments for films that weren't ultimately made, like a redo of the film 'Small Soldiers' for Dreamworks and we have a television project in the works right now," said Simons. "We wrote a movie for Ellen Degeneres and Warner Brothers another animated one. It's called 'The Dog Show' and it hasn't been green lit for production but it's been announced in the trades. It's another case of meeting somebody you're a huge fan of and it's just really a kick."

"Megamind" was distributed by Paramount Pictures and released in Digital 3D, IMAX 3D and 2D theaters on Nov. 5, grossing more than $46 million in its opening weeke


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