Ben Stiller Dishes On Les Grossman Movie

'I want to try to get Tom Cruise to play him,' Stiller says of flick about 'Tropic Thunder' producer.

After delighting his adoring public at the MTV Movie Awards earlier this year, Les Grossman is set to return to the big screen with his
own movie.
Grossman’s celeb fans and possible co-stars have already confirmed their excitement for the upcoming flick, but it’s been awhile since we’ve had an update.

Enter Grossman’s “Tropic Thunder” co-star, “good friend” and mastermind Ben Stiller. When MTV News caught up with the busy man at the “Megamind” press day (Stiller produced the film and has a small role in it), we asked him for some Les Grossman movie scoop.

“Les Grossman is notoriously difficult to negotiate with, so we’re right now negotiating with him because he wants to play himself in the film,” Stiller revealed. “And he’s kind of a bully, and he’s very argumentative, and he’s a little bit abusive.

“I want to try to get Tom Cruise to play him,” Stiller added. “So if I can get Tom Cruise, who’s interested to play him, if Les will agree not to play himself, then it looks like it could be coming together. A script is being written now.”

In addition to Grossman’s assistant (played by Bill Hader) scoring a role, what other “Tropic Thunder” characters might make an appearance?

“There’ll probably be a few, actually, ’cause he’s really instrumental in all of their careers,” Stiller said. “He’s really the puppet master. And there’s going to be a really strong hip-hop element to the movie, as you might guess.”

The funnyman went on to say that the film will likely feature a slew of celeb cameos. “Les … can compel you to do something if he wants you to do it, so he’ll probably be making calls himself,” Stiller said.

And will this seminal piece of cinema be a biopic of sort?

“It is,” Stiller admitted. “It kind of has a little bit of a ‘What Makes Sammy Run,’ sort of. ‘Where did this guy come from? How did he become the force of nature or terror that he is?’ ”

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