If you were watching the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, then you surely know who Les Grossman is. If you don't, here's a quick rundown: he's a bald-headed, overweight, hairy-armed, big-shot movie executive with a propensity for cutting down anyone in his path with ruthless insults and cold and calculated business decisions. He's also Tom Cruise.
Originally appearing in 2008's "Tropic Thunder," Cruise reprised the hilarious role of Grossman for this year's Movie Awards in a variety of promotional videos, prerecorded segments and a very memorable dance number. Now, it appears that Cruise is eyeballing Grossman's next big project: his very own film.
"We're working on it," he told E! Online when asked about the possibility of a "Grossman" spinoff. While some might worry that the character is too much to handle for his own two-hour film, I think a Grossman-centric project actually has a ton of potential.
First off, the prospect is really no different from "Zoolander" in the sense that this movie would feature numerous cameos and comical insight into the behind-the-scenes process of a specialty business — in Grossman's case, movie-making. In that way, a Grossman spinoff would be a lot like an "Entourage" movie, except told from the point of view of an Ari Gold character, not a Vinny Chase. That sounds kind of fun, doesn't it?
Of course, Grossman is an overbearing personality — that's his whole shtick. A full-length feature devoted solely to Grossman might feel a bit excessive, but it's nothing that a secondary lead couldn't even out. Bill Hader is already in place as Grossman's assistant, so expanding on that role with some more personality could work.
It could also be funny if Hader's character betrayed Grossman for a rival movie executive, paving the way for a new fresh-faced assistant — one who would have to endure Grossman's horrible ways, but also one who could temper the movie exec's abrasive personality in some bizarre, twisted form of friendship. It's a tried-and-true story-arc that has potential to work within a "Grossman" film.
Regardless of how the plot turns out, it's already proven that Grossman has limitless potential as a character. If you haven't done so already, make sure to acquaint yourself with Grossman's verbal assaults on Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Tom Cruise. (Yes, you read that right.) His movie ideas, such as the Pattinson-Taylor headlined "Bad Ass Cops," are hysterical. You really don't want to see more?
How about this for a deal breaker: a Grossman-centric movie provides moviegoers with the opportunity to see Robert Downey Jr. reprise his "Tropic Thunder" role as method actor Kirk Lazarus. If that doesn't appeal to you, I don't know what will.
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