As a movie fan, one of the things I most respect is successful stars who turn down the easy sequels and big paychecks, preferring to respect their fanbase and strive to make a new classic instead. Jim Carrey long ago swore off sequels following his negative experience revisiting “Ace Ventura,” and the closest Martin Scorsese has ever come is making somebody else’s sequel with the Oscar-nominated “The Color of Money.”
Another star worth praising is Tim Robbins who, after nearly thirty years in Hollywood, has never made a sequel.
“I wouldn’t want to do it,” he said of the sequel talk he’s heard over the years for films like “Bull Durham.” “I don’t like sequels, so I don’t want to do sequels.”
“[The studios] just figure name recognition will get you,” insisted Robbins, who is appearing in the military flick “The Lucky Ones” this weekend. “It’s kinda cynical, actually. It’s manipulation.”
Thinking back to years gone by, Robbins remembered those who’ve said his 1994 classic “The Shawshank Redemption” should be sequelized. “Yeah, but where would you go? It would be like ‘Andy and Red’s Girls Gone Wild’,” he laughed, remembering the now-classic finale that had the prison inmates rendezvousing on a beach in Zihuatenejo to live happily ever after.
“[Now] they’ve got a bar, hot college chicks,” he laughed dismissively. “I don’t think anyone wants to see that.”
Does it make you respect a star more when they don’t do a sequel, or is Robbins robbing fans of seeing their beloved favorites in action again?