Michael Bacall gives update on Les Grossman movie

Screenwriter talks Tropic Thunder spin-off

Screenwriter Michael Bacall has given an update on the long-rumoured Les Grossman spin-off movie, revealing that the film will attempt to uncover where the Hollywood hothead’s well-documented anger issues originated.

“Tom [Cruise] had an incredible idea on how to tell this story, and give it some real emotion and heart,” Bacall told THR, “And as soon as he hit on that idea, it was off to the races. But I feel really good about that project, and I hope that it will happen.”

Having recently worked on both Project Xand 21 Jump Street, Bacall is confident his script for the Tropic Thunder spin-off will fall somewhere between the balls of the former and the heart of the latter.

“I think people would be disappointed if that character didn’t carry around that explosive rage that we associate with him” continues Bacall, “and that’s what makes his performance so enjoyable. But none of us feel like the movie could sustain what was a 90-minute Les Grossman tirade.”

“So we want to try and get a little bit of a glimpse of where that rage is coming from," he says. “The guy will be a force of nature, but we want to have some kind of emotional connection to him.”

Would you watch a Les Grossman spin-off? Tell us your thoughts, below.


    • ChrisWootton

      Mar 6th 2012, 14:30

      Really not required.. thanks

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    • FBJJohnson

      Mar 6th 2012, 14:42

      I take it it would show the full range of his career, from Through the Keyhole to Masterchef, via his massively popular pasta sauces. Oh wait, that's Lloyds Grossman. My mistake.

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    • smellyhands

      Mar 6th 2012, 17:01

      I agree with ChrisWootton. Needless. Also I didnt find his character funny at all. In fact Tropic Thunder was a huge let down for me. Didnt even finish watching it.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 6th 2012, 18:35

      If only they could find someway to get Grossman to interact with Ari Gold from Entourage.

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    • FBTGoldsmith

      Mar 6th 2012, 18:53

      Although it would be Tom Cruise's best acting job to date... nah, it wouldn't work.

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    • McSerious

      Mar 6th 2012, 23:33

      Very pointless! I would have liked to see him pop up in cameo roles in other films but not one of his own.

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    • thedanieljson

      Mar 7th 2012, 0:06

      It's a dreadful idea, but I'm fascinated by it for some reason... It's surely going to be a car crash.

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    • Ali1748

      Mar 7th 2012, 19:15

      TV would be better suited for the character but that ain't going to happen with Maverick on board.

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