The 2008 comedy smash “Tropic Thunder” spawned some memorable characters, to say the least. From Robert Downey Jr.’s very method actor Kirk Lazarus to Jack Black’s drug-fueled Jeff Portnoy, there could have been any number of characters from the film that earned their own spin-off movie.
Of course, since no one in the industry has quite the same pull as “Tropic Thunder’s” sleazy, rap enthusiast movie honcho Les Grossman (played by a transformed Tom Cruise), there’s no surprise that it’s him.
When MTV News caught up with “Saturday Night Live” funny man Bill Hader at the first-ever Comedy Awards (which air Sunday, April 10 at 8p.m. on Comedy Central, VH1, Spike TV, Logo, CMT, TVLand, and online at thecomedyawards.com) he told us that the Les movie is written and is getting closer to arriving in theaters.
Hader, who appeared in a few Les Grossman skits in anticipation for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, confirmed that his friend, actor/writer Michael Bacall (who previously penned “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and is currently working on the upcoming remake of “Fright Night“) “wrote it and he’s told me some really funny scenes from it.”
While Hader admitted he was vague on the details of what the plot for the movie based on Cruise’s loud, boorish exec would actually be about (“I just know the broad strokes. Michael just telling me, ’I just wrote this scene where blah, blah, blah and I’m like, ’Oh, that’s funny, man!'”) or when it would finally make it to theaters (Cruise will be busy with “Rock of Ages” soon) he was sure of one thing, “It’s gonna be great.”
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