Leopold Alfred John McGough (born June 3, 1973) is an American film and television director, producer and screenwriter, best known for his Leoverse films, a series of teen comedy films that take place in the same universe, including Ass-Kickers' Association (2002), Trashcan Kids (2007), Drama Club (2013) and Critically Acclaimed Dimples (2015).
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McGough was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. In 2004 he stated that he was an atheist, but as of 2014 he identifies as a "non-religious Christian".
In an interview with Carmen Livestrang for The Livestrang Show in 2015, McGough came out publicly as gay and said that of all his Leoverse films, Drama Club most closely resembled his teenage years, explaining, "A lot of the editing process was me wanting to depict a more accurate and personal story of my own youth through these characters." He said that he also wrote "a little bit of [him]self" in the character Nathaniel Ross from the film Ass-Kickers' Association, saying that he was still grappling with his sexuality at the point of writing the screenplay and was trying to distance himself from his identity as a gay man, but recognizing his same-sex attraction, by writing Nathaniel as bisexual. On the comparison between Drama Club and Ass-Kickers' Association, he said:
"While I do acknowledge that Drama Club is a more accurate portrayal of my difficulties as a teenager in dealing with my sexuality, I must admit that Ass-Kickers' Association was written in a very similar frame of mind as the one I held during the Drama Club editing process. I was a confused man who was aware of my confused teenage years, and I wanted to show that. Ultimately, I was too scared to make Nathaniel gay, so I made him bisexual, because that made me feel a little more normal. Through that, Nathaniel is a reflection of the sexual insecurities that I felt throughout both my teenage years and the majority of my adult life."
|2003||The Girl in Black||Yes||Co-written with Douglas Whiley and James Coppola|
|2005||Ugly in Love||Yes||Yes||Co-directed and -written by Ryan Shizuka|
|2006||Hit Me Up||Yes|
|2007||Trashcan Kids||Yes||Yes||Co-produced with Rebecca Paige Martin|
|2009||The Intangible History of Alanna Clay-Jones||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-directed with Cassidy Morgan|
|2011||Joy, Surrounded by Catastrophe||Yes||Yes||Yes||Based on the novel by Rhennon Crown; co-written with Ashley Cardwell|
|2013||Drama Club||Yes||Yes||Co-written with Ashley Cardwell|
|2014||Luke & Nikki's Wall of Art||Yes||Yes||Based on the novel by Nicholas Avery|
|2015||Critically Acclaimed Dimples||Yes||Yes||Yes||Co-written with Ryan Shizuka|
|Emily Unplugged||Yes||Yes||Based on the novel by Nicholas Avery; co-written with Eleanor Bigsby|
|2017||Paper Cuts||Yes||Based on the novel by Nicholas Avery|
|2019||Neck of the Lockwoods||Yes||Based on the novel by and co-written with Allison Harper|
|2020||Untitled Leoverse film||Yes||Co-writing with Ashling Mitchell (possibly)|