Judd Apatow waited for his wife Leslie Mann to give the go-ahead for his new movie This Is 40 as he refused to make the film without her approval.

Apatow consulted his actress wife with the preliminary draft of the comedy, a sequel to his hit movie Knocked Up, which she also starred in, and admits he dreaded hearing her opinion on the script.

He tells Deadline.com, "The first person to read it is Leslie because we talk a lot about it. Leslie doesn't like reading the early, really c**ppy drafts, so I tell her how it's going and talk through the scenes with her.

"Then when I feel like it's pretty decent, I give her the script. I'm also well aware that if she doesn't like it, we're not making the movie. So that's actually the only scary read for me."