Les Grossman is ready for his close-up

Posted by · 4:09 pm · June 9th, 2010

We knew it was coming.  Here’s the (knee-slapping) press release, in part:

Paramount Pictures and MTV Films announced today that they are set to develop a movie around mega-producer Les Grossman. The announcement comes on the heels of Grossman’s groundbreaking and visionary production of the soon-to-be Emmy® award-winning 2010 MTV Movie Awards Sunday night. Tom Cruise, along with Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld of Red Hour Films will produce and have secured the life rights to Grossman.

Grossman, best known as a mega producer, has most recently mentored talents such as Rob Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. In 2008, Grossman was introduced to the masses by Stiller in the comedy “Tropic Thunder” where the famed producer had a cameo playing himself.

Said Ben 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.”

When asked what the screenplay was about Grossman responded: “To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, ‘I don’t read the script, the script reads me.’”

Adam Goodman, Paramount Film Group President said, “Everything I learned in this business, I’ve learned from Les. I started out as his assistant, and from the first day he threw his desk at me when I got his lunch order wrong, I have loved him like a father. I am forever grateful to Ben and Stuart Cornfeld and their ability to secure his highly-coveted life rights,”

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29 responses so far

  • 1 6-09-2010 at 4:25 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Christ. Even people who liked his schtick in Tropic Thunder can’t possibly think this is a good idea.

  • 2 6-09-2010 at 4:33 pm

    mark kratina said...

    Tom Cruise’s comeback!


    Is his career that damaged that he feels he has to cater to the MTV crowd? I actually grimaced when I saw some of the photos from the MTV show. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

  • 3 6-09-2010 at 4:35 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Lots of sourpusses in here. This could clearly be a lot of fun.

  • 4 6-09-2010 at 4:42 pm

    mark kratina said...

    Or it could clearly be an example of a once-respected, once marketable film star in desperation mode.

  • 5 6-09-2010 at 4:55 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Guilty as charged I suppose. I’ve wanted Cruise to do a straight comedy for years but I hated this one note character in Tropic Thunder immensely.

  • 6 6-09-2010 at 5:30 pm

    Simone said...

    This is brilliant! I was waiting for this. Can’t wait to see it.

  • 7 6-09-2010 at 5:35 pm

    lac said...

    Was nothing learned by MacGruber failure? Some things are better in small amounts not a 90 min or so movie.

  • 8 6-09-2010 at 5:56 pm

    Ben said...


    No need to talk sensible here. It seems like hating Cruise has become the go-to punchline for many people over the past five years.

    I’m excited about this, though I’m concerned that the character might not wear well over a whole movie.

  • 9 6-09-2010 at 5:56 pm

    MovieMan said...

    Oh, God, please, no. I was not a fan of “Tropic Thunder,” and Cruise’s performance was a shrug-worthy gimmick and the worst thing in the movie. Maybe this could be pretty interesting, to flesh him out a bit, but for now, count me uninterested.

  • 10 6-09-2010 at 6:21 pm

    Josh said...

    Call me a sourpuss, I guess, but I’m with Chad and company on this one. I did like Tropic Thunder and Cruise was funny (dancing aside), but this is a terrible idea. His appearance on the MTV awards was OK until it became….a dance sequence. No thank you.

  • 11 6-09-2010 at 6:57 pm

    John said...

    I can’t see Stiller and co. doing anything better with this concept than Entourage does on a weekly basis.

  • 12 6-09-2010 at 7:13 pm

    Chris138 said...

    I liked Cruise’s performance in Tropic Thunder as a supporting character, but I think making an entire movie based around that character is overkill. All the guy does is dance and scream at people.

  • 13 6-09-2010 at 7:26 pm

    cineJAB said...

    I for one am very excited for this. This character is probably the one Cruise performance I’ve enjoyed in the last six years or so.

  • 14 6-09-2010 at 7:51 pm

    N8 said...

    love the Pattinson/Lautner jabs! great to read a fun press release for once.

  • 15 6-09-2010 at 9:08 pm

    forts said...

    I for one am pretty excited for this film… Sure it’s a one note character but so was Aldous Snow and Get Him To The Greek was great… If they are able to get a bunch of A-list celebrities to be his clients than it should be a fun ride

  • 16 6-09-2010 at 10:58 pm

    Glenn said...

    I guess there IS a movie I could possibly want to see less than “Marmaduke”!

    Ben, I think for most of us sourpusses (?) it’s more about not liking the character in “Tropic Thunder” (I didn’t like the movie as a whole either, it was smug and just really not funny) and thinking the idea of this movie is just absurd. I don’t want to spend 90 minutes (although, let’s face it, it will end up being 140 minutes like most comedies these days) with that repugnant creature.

  • 17 6-09-2010 at 11:07 pm

    will said...

    kirk lazarus gots to make cameo

  • 18 6-10-2010 at 7:45 am

    the other mike said...

    Tom Cruise gotta be the most underrated dude in Hollywood. I love a lot of his films but he always had a reputation 4 doing soulless type movies? gotta wonder bout critics sometimes. He seems like a good guy good luck 2 him.

  • 19 6-10-2010 at 8:03 am

    Nel said...

    Man who I am kidding, I ‘ll be there cash in hand!
    Can’t wait and if it has a Kirk Lazarus cameo – then omgs, I will even pay to see it in 3D!

  • 20 6-10-2010 at 11:02 am

    Joe W said...

    While my first thoughts are that this character shouldn’t be stretched out over a whole movie, but this could actually end up being hilarious. I’d rather see this movie than 90% of what’s coming out this summer (Toy Story, Inception, Scott Pilgrim, and Expendables are the only movies I have any interest in)

  • 21 6-10-2010 at 11:46 am

    Red said...

    I was a fan of the role in Tropic Thunder, but not as a feature. It’s like the Cleveland character getting his own show apart from Family Guy. Funny character in another show, definately not worth a full 30 minutes.

  • 22 6-10-2010 at 11:48 am

    Red said...

    Also, as somebody else just pointed out to me, Anchorman 2 can’t get the money to be made but this can?

  • 23 6-10-2010 at 1:17 pm

    Dean Treadway said...

    without reading the previous comments, I think this is a good idea. Les Grossman is a great character and could be a terrific spinoff. Nuff said.

  • 24 6-10-2010 at 2:07 pm

    Speaking English said...

    ***It’s like the Cleveland character getting his own show apart from Family Guy. Funny character in another show, definately not worth a full 30 minutes.***

    Except “The Cleveland Show” is 5x funnier than any recent “Family Guy” episode.

  • 25 6-10-2010 at 4:37 pm

    Al said...

    As long as its not a one joke thing, but a satire on the industry (much like Thunder) then I don’t see whats so bad here. It could be this generations raunchy answer to Nashville.

  • 26 6-10-2010 at 6:16 pm

    Matt King said...

    I agree with Chad.

  • 27 6-10-2010 at 9:24 pm

    Maxim said...

    Enough is enough. Cruise should have been smart enough to realize that.

    A full version of that is essentially akin to an SNL spinoff movie and not a particularly good one. This gimmick is already vaguely offensive although not unredeemable, if only due to its brevity. At hundred minutes long it could be really offensive. And long. Hollywood could come up with a better answer to Nikki Finke’s exposes.

    But what’s really odd about all this is how through the years, the balance of power between Cruise and Stiller has shifted. First Ben started out parodying Cruise (crudely) and now Cruise is becoming more and more Stiller’s bitch. That may be taking the matters to far from a certain point of view, but even if Cruise has an equal stake in this he’s still essentially working for Stiller.

    Which would be fine, again, if they had something better.

  • 28 6-11-2010 at 8:39 am

    Erik 815 said...

    Let’s see where this goes. A film like this requires a decent cast of caracters to give the Grossman character something to do. I’d hope Bill Hader and Matthew McConaughey would return, they’d need to add some colour, there’s always gotta be a love itnterest somewhere, but most of all, there has to be a great antagonist.

    Or Grossman would be the villain who steals the show (a la Dr. Evil) and they’d pit him against a ‘good’ character.

    Actually, I’m still not warming up to this. I wanna see Knight and Day though. That looks legitimately fun and should end his box office dry spell.

  • 29 6-13-2010 at 7:50 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    Sorry, but no. Hell no.