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An open letter to Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe, re: the MacGruber movie

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Can I have your attention for a moment Mr. Val Kilmer and Mr. Ryan Phillippe? Sirs, I have a question: do you really want to have MacGruber on your resumes?

I know you're both actors and actors take jobs. People have to eat, yunno? I can dig that. But Val: you said all that you needed said about comedy in Top Secret! Ryan, I know it blew when George Lucas went with that other guy to play Anakin Skywalker but if you needed an intervention all you had to do was reach out a hand and I'd be Jack to your Rose. Your heart could go on and on.

I've covered the movie news beat for almost 15 years and I can't figure out for the life of me how anyone could stretch a MacGruber SNL skit -- which was never the funniest thing in the first place -- and make a 90-minute movie out of it. But that's what Will Forte, Jorman Taccone and John Solomon are doing by writing the script for this, and if they pull it off and make a funny movie then I will eat my words. Now they've got Val Kilmer and Ryan Phillippe in talks to join this film's cast and that leaves me no choice but to do an intervention. Dudes, listen: there's a reason why people have bad feelings about things and right now MacGruber the movie is setting off my Danger Will Robinson warning alarm like an Argentinian beauty queen hitching a ride home from Governor Mark Sanford.

Go ahead and prove me wrong Lorne Michaels. Show to me that A Night at the Roxbury and It's Pat: The Movie and Coneheads and the rest of the SNL movies that you've made in the past (Wayne's World excluded but not number two) are products of the old Lorne Michaels. Maybe you were possessed by a demon when you produced those films. It could happen! Just show me proof of an exorcism and I'll sign up and become an advocate for your latest. Deal?

Is there a priest in the house?

-Variety.

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