Les Grossman Movie ....... Really!
So I can hear the questions already who in hell is Les Grossman? Why Make a Movie About Him? And for those who are aware of Les Grossman are you serious? Well yes but let me explain a little to who Les Grossman is, and why they are seriously making a Les Grossman movie and also will it be any good?
The Story So Far
Back in 2008 Ben Stiller released a movie called "Tropic Thunder" a movie about the movie business masquerading as a movie about a movie being made in Vietnam. Don't worry it's not as complex as it sounds and is basically a movie which pokes fun at the whole world of movie making. It delivers comedy surrounding method actors, movie sequels, failed actors, drug addicted actors and basically every aspect of the movie world you can imagine including the falsity of award ceremonies.
What has "Tropic Thunder" got to do with Les Grossman, well he was a character in it, a megalomaniac balding producer whose abusive and quirky nature provided much amusement. What makes Les Grossman so special though is that Hollywood star Tom Cruise played him behind a ton of makeup. Now Tom Cruise is not someone you would initially think of when it comes to comedy but he was brilliant as Les Grossman almost stealing the movie from its main stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr.
But That Was In 2008
It's true that "Tropic Thunder" is a couple of years old and many would never give the movie a second thought despite being hugely entertaining. But in 2010 Tom Cruise reprised his role as the profanity spewing Les Grossman for the MTV Movie Awards filming several slots with the likes of "Twilight" heart throbs Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner as well as taking part in an energetic jaw dropping dance with Jennifer Lopez which understandably became huge news as it filled up the blogoshpere.
Off the back of this appearance on the 2010 MTV Movie Awards and the amount of enthusiasm for both Tom Cruise and the Les Grossman character plans are in motion for a Les Grossman movie. Now if this had come out at the start of April I would be thinking it's an April Fools. But no there does seriously appear work going on to deliver a Les Grossman movie with an official press release, although it has to be said that the press release is in an almost movie spoof manner:
Press Release - Les Grossman Movie
HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 9, 2010) – Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced today that they are set to develop a movie around mega-producer Les Grossman. The announcement comes on the heels of Grossman’s groundbreaking and visionary production of the soon-to-be Emmy® award-winning 2010 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night. Tom Cruise, along with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films will produce and have secured the life rights to Grossman.
Grossman, best known as a mega producer, has most recently mentored talents such as Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. In 2008, Grossman was introduced to the masses by Stiller in the comedy “Tropic Thunder” where the famed producer had a cameo playing himself.
Said Ben Stiller: “Les Grossman’s life story is an inspiring tale of the classic human struggle to achieve greatness against all odds. He has assured me he plans to quote, ‘F**king kill the sh*t out of this movie and make Citizen f**king Kane look like a piece of crap home movie by the time we are done.’ I am honored to be working with him.”
When asked what the screenplay was about Grossman responded: “To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, ‘I don’t read the script, the script reads me.’”
Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President said, “Everything I learned in this business, I’ve learned from Les. I started out as his assistant, and from the first day he threw his desk at me when I got his lunch order wrong, I have loved him like a father. I am forever grateful to Ben and Stuart Cornfeld and their ability to secure his highly-coveted life rights,”
Tom Cruise is said to be in talks to portray Grossman in the film.
But Do We Want a Les Grossman Movie?
That is of course the big question do the public really want a Les Grossman movie and more importantly can it work? There is no doubt that the character of Les Grossman and the performance from Tom Cruise has certainly gone down well with the mass public but these Les Grossman performances have been small, they've just been a few minutes, even in "Tropic Thunder" you never got more than a couple of minutes of Les Grossman in short bursts. As such it works, the profanity, dancing and general strangeness is amusing but extend that to 90 minutes or more and will it become boring. I think it will and a Les Grossman movie could end up being a complete turkey if not handled properly.
As such I am sure we will get a Les Grossman movie, the public want it and with such a popular character it would be stupid not to strike while the fires hot. But those who end up writing it need to make sure that the movie ends up being filled with cameos and performances from other stars so that we just get those short bursts of Les Grossman wackiness without it ending up repetitive and unfunny.