BY TODD GILCHRIST
On Monday night, Austin, TX played host to the first-ever public screening of MacGruber, director Jorma Taccone’s feature-length adaptation of the Saturday Night Live skit of the same name. On Tuesday, Taccone and the film’s star, Will Forte, spoke to the press and fielded questions about bringing MacGruber to life on the big screen. Hollywood News participated in a roundtable interview where Forte and Taccone not only talked about their approach to the material, but explored the many challenges of expanding the original concept, and reflected on the collaborative process that was involved in putting the movie together.
Hollywood News: How did get 175 pages out of this script?
Will Forte: I don’t even think that we finished the third act, either. I think we were still trying to figure out some things, we were like, “Okay, let’s just…”
Jorma Taccone: We did have several scenes that were probably like 15 pages long I think. All just friendship probably. Is that a good answer? Out of friendship. 175 pages out of friendship.
Hollywood News: Was there anything that had to be cut?
Taccone: I think, I will say this. We originally wanted to actually cut Cunth’s d*ck off and shove it in his mouth. That became sort of a note.
Hollywood News: The MPAA wouldn’t go for that?
Taccone: It wasn’t that.
Forte: We all had pretty equal say so individually there are little things that one of us would love and the other two would not. We all had to – –
Taccone: It was a democracy.
Forte: The last pass, we all had to suck it up and lose our individual babies, so most of the stuff in the movie is stuff that we all three agree on.
Hollywood News: Was this always going to be an R rated movie?
Taccone: Yeah, the original draft I think I looked up the phrase “f*ck you” in the original draft and I think it appeared 16 times. So it’s less than that now but it was always aggressively hard [R].
Forte: 16 sounds light to me for some reason.
Taccone: In an 84 minute movie, to say the phrase “f*ck you,” it’s insane. There’s a lot of f*cks I would say.
Hollywood News: How much of this came from MacGyver, or what was your frame of reference for developing this into a full movie?
Taccone: I’m really not saying this because of whatever impending lawsuit. I really don’t know […]