Tom Cruise Says a Les Grossman Movie is Now in the Works?
Last night the MTV Movie Awards were the center of the pop culture world with the who's who of Hollywood watching Twilight: New Moon win every single award for which it was nominated. That's the bad news. The good news is the awards were made somewhat tolerable thanks to fictional producer Les Grossman, who showed up to inject some energy into the awards by busting some moves alongside Jennifer Lopez, all to the tune of some Ludacris beats. Apparently all this hype and the love for this character brought to life by Tom Cruise is now pushing forward development of a feature film focusing on the insane studio exec. Oh no!
Last night, Cruise told E! Online: "We're working on it. Yup, we're working on it." While I've proclaimed my love for Cruise's spectacular comedic performance as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder, I don't think I want that much more of Les (see what I did?). While Grossman is an outrageous and hilarious character, I feel like he can only work in small doses the size of SNL sketches. Grossman is rude, loud, offensive and likes to dance to hip-hop beats. We get it. A feature film focusing on the character would be like watching a few Jeremy Piven heavy episodes of "Entourage" featuring crazy super agent Ari Gold. The only way I could see this being interesting is if the project came together as a mockumentary taking place at the heart of the film industry with plenty of celebrity cameos.
I'm glad that Cruise is having fun with the character, and it's nice to see him so well-received by audiences again, especially in a role as funny as this, but if he wants to get back into some comedy, he needs to figure something else out. Knight & Day, which I think looks quite entertaining, is a good start because it allows him to mix action and comedy, but if he truly wants to jump into a full-fledged feature-length comedy, Les Grossman probably isn't the best option. I'd rather see a long gestating project like The Hardy Men take off with Cruise and Ben Stiller joining forces for some laughs.
Coincidentally, both of them showed off their comedic chops together in an MTV Movie Awards featurette focusing on Tom Cruise stunt double Tom Crooze (Ben Stiller) and that always cracks my shit up. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens with this idea. Do you guys want a Les Grossman flick?