It's the Saturday Night Live skit that no one thought would make it to the big screen, least of all its creators. MacGruber, the dumbass, mullet-sporting, ineffectual, obnoxious son of MacGyver, only succeeds in blowing up his comrades with his crappy devices, over and over and over again almost every Saturday night. But in MacGruber the movie, which opens this Friday nationwide and stars Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer, and Powers Boothe, there's way more to it than the Grubes trapped in a locked room with Vicki St. Elmo.
When MacGruber's former boss, Col. James Faith (Boothe) finds out that MacGruber's nemesis Dieter Von Cunth (Kilmer) is in possession of a nuclear warhead, it's time for this lone wolf to return to combat. Joining him are Lt. Dixon Piper (Phillippe) and Vicki St. Elmo (Wiig). Will they "pound some Cunth," as MacGruber threatens, or is it time for this throat-ripping special operative to go back into retirement?
"People, I think, automatically assume that it's just going to be the sketch over and over again for 90 minutes, and I think they'll be pleasantly surprised," star and co-writer Will Forte told reporters gathered in NYC. Director and co-writer Jorma Taccone said, "We were desperately trying to avoid that at all costs." "We didn't want to write that, and we wouldn't want to see that," said Forte.
"It was such a different experience than writing for the show," said Forte. "Every step of the way, we really came up with the most wild ideas possible and we kept thinking, 'Somebody at some point will come in and put a stop to this and say, "You cannot do this. That's weird, that's disgusting,'" and it never, ever happened... We were so exhausted that we kept thinking of weirder and weirder ideas."
Co-writer John Solomon was also on the panel with Taccone and Forte, who all write for Saturday Night Live, but was fairly silent in comparison to his caffeinated cohorts. Later, costars Kristen Wiig and Ryan Philippe also joined the party, offering insights about MacGruber, being sweated upon, and Val Kilmer's email habits.