Why have Tropic Thunder character Les Grossman (Tom Cruise) be such a major contributor to the 2010 MTV Movie Awards when that film came out two years ago? Because Paramount (which, along with MTV, is owned by Viacom) was setting up the announcement of a Les Grossman movie (although Cruise kind of spoiled it on the red carpet at the awards). Today, Paramount revealed that Cruise along with Ben Stiller and Stuart Red Hour Films will produce and have secured the life rights to Grossman. Yes, the press release talks about Grossman as if he were a real person, thus further cementing the notion that Grossman is Cruise’s Tony Cliffton. Said 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.”
Hit the jump for the press release. It’s bizarre (the press release, not the decision to make a Les Grossman movie; that makes total sense).