Poor Economy Pushes Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer to Co-Star in MACGRUBER

     July 8, 2009


In what is the definition of a “paycheck movie”, Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer, two men who both have acting ability (although certainly Kilmer more than Phillippe) are in negotiations to co-star in the totally unnecessary, completely ill-advised “MacGruber” movie, based off the SNL “sketch”.  I put “sketch” in quotations because calling it a sketch would be charitable.  It is a running-gag that helps break up the painfully long SNL broadcast.  It is humorous.  It is not a movie.  It is not even a TV show.  It is barely a sketch on a good day.

Hit the jump to read about the “plot” and what roles Phillippe and Kilmer would be playing.

The legendary, much decorated MacGruber is pulled out of retirement as a monk in Ecuador by a colonel, who needs him once more to fight on behalf of his country.  This time the mission involves going up against the evil Cunth, who has a nuclear warhead; the mission is personal because Cunth killed MacGruber’s bride.

It’s funny because “Cunth” sounds like “Cunt”.  Tee hee hee.

According to THR, the movie version would see Phillippe playing Piper, an Army officer forced to pair up with a reluctant MacGruber.  Kilmer would be Cunth.  Will Forte and Kristen Wiig would be reprising their roles from the show.  For Forte and Wiig, this movie makes sense as neither has broken out big and they have to keep Lorne Michaels, their evil overlord, happy.  But Phillippe and Kilmer are going to be wasting time on this noise?  So sad.

I know yesterday I was talking up Jorma Taccone as the director of the flick and maybe he’ll be able to do something subversive and off-beat with it and he too is a slave to Michaels, but Phillippe and Kilmer are clearly just in this for the money.

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