Overcast skies greeted Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig as they walked the red carpet at Darling Harbour in Sydney yesterday for the Australian premiere of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The film, which has already garnered Oscars hype, chronicles the story of a daydreaming negative processor at Life magazine who embarks on an exhilarating global adventure far removed from his cripplingly mediocre existence.

As the film’s titular character and director, Stiller’s latest project is a step away from his iconic comedies, with awe-inspiring cinematography and a genre-defying script just two of the movie’s compelling elements.

We caught up with the ‘Blue Steel’ purveyor about adapting the 1939 James Thurber story for the modern day and whether he related to his on-screen alter-ego on a personal level. Here’s what he had to say…