“MacGyver” Spoof rated ‘Hard-R’, “MacGruber” Keeps Mullet Alive

Movie starring Will Forte,
and me as an “extra,” has release date pushed back

“It’s kind of in the vein of, like, eighties action movies, like there’s a very definitive bad guy . . . The thing that kind of blew my mind about it is that it’s like a HARD-R movie.” Bill Hader, SNL Actor

EDITOR NOTE: This is part one of a two-part series about the release date and newly released trailer of MacGruber, a spoof of 80s TV show MacGyver. Part 2 being published at this site Thursday will give a behind-the-scenes look at a filming location near Santa Fe, N.M., in August, 2009.

Will Forte from Sat Nite Live

Will Forte standing near his car as MacGruber, in this first official photo release

By Bronson Peshlakai

CLEVELAND — With the Oscars a short memory away, a movie spoofing 80s TV show MacGyver is ready to make its first public appearance and its makers are hoping the crowd will savor for it the next awards.

  In just under six days, Relativity Media’s “MacGruber” is scheduled to play at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.

  The film produced by Saturday Night Live’s Lorne Michaels, among others, stars SNL actors Will Forte, as MacGruber, Kristen Wiig, Sam Elliott and Maya Rudolph. Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer also have starring roles in the film. Oh yeah, did I mention, I’m in the movie as a Peruvian villager? At least I was there during filming — we’ll see if I made the cutting room floor when the movie is released May 21, 2010.

SNL's Bill Hader

SNL Actor
Bill Hader

“I read the script, and it’s like a hard-R comedy, and it totally works. It’s hilarious,” SNL actor Bill Hader told New York Magazine. “It’s kind of in the vein of, like, eighties action movies, like there’s a very definitive bad guy. I don’t know if I can talk about the plot too much, but it’s hilarious. The thing that kind of blew my mind about it is that it’s like a HARD-R movie.”
  Industry critics and bloggers tout MacGruber of having coarse language and male nudity.

  When diabolical madman Deiter VanCunth aims to fire a missle at Washington DC, “only one American hero has earned the rank of Green Beret, Navy SEAL and Army” to save the day, an iMDB plot synopsis reads. “Just one operative has been awarded 16 purple hearts, two Congressional Medals of Honor and seven Presidential Medals of Bravery. And only one guy is man enough to still sport a mullet.”

Photo mug of the original MacGyver

Richard Dean Anderson

  The original MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson in the 1980s, who transformed gum and nitroglycerin pills into bombs, and had a solution to most predicaments using a Swiss Army knife and Duct Tape, seems to be the idea behind MacGruber, at least according to MacGyver producer Lee Zlotoff.

  Zlotoff reportedly had plans to adapt the 80s TV action show to the big screen and was considering filing a copyright or trademark lawsuit against MacGruber’s release in early February, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

  “We felt they’re infringing our rights,” Zlotoff’s lawyer, Paul Mayersohn, told The Hollywood Reporter.

  A call Tuesday to Mayersohn, of Surpin, Mayersohn and Edelstone, a Los Angeles law firm, confirmed that Mayersohn may still be looking into filing the injunction, but no details were given.

  The film was filmed in and around the Albuquerque, N.M., area in August and September, 2009.

MacGruber film location near Santa Fe, NM

El Rancho de las Golondrinas,
film location near Santa Fe, N.M.

  I was part of the filming cast as a background actor for scenes set at a Peruvian village, where MacGruber reclused himself at a monastery type venue for 10 years after his fiancee was killed. These scenes were filmed at El Rancho de las Golondrinas near La Cienega, N.M., about 15 miles southwest of Sante Fe. (More on filming day in Part 2 of this series on Thursday)

  After 13 hours of filming in August, I was told the release date for the movie was April 14, 2010, but the movie’s release has been pushed back to May 21, according to Universal Pictures. MacGruber is now expected to hit theaters along with “Shrek Forever After.”

  For a $475 film badge, MacGruber is being shown along with other movies at the SXSW Film Festival March 15 at 9:30 p.m. CDT, at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas.

  MacGruber is directed by Jorma Taccone, who also had a part in writing the movie.

Be sure to CHECK BACK HERE TOMORROW, for Part 2 of this special series. Part 2 will include some pictures on set, and a first person point-of-view of the 13-hour day of filming with Ryan Phillippe, Will Forte and his sit-to-stand flipping stunt double.


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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. This is the WebMaster. Leave a comment, dammit. Does this commenting section actually work? What do I have to do to let you leave a comment??

  2. I’ll be back on Thursday. I expect intimate details that include wardrobe malfunctions, so be warned.

  3. I was trying to come up with a wisecrack about you playing the villiage idiot but I couldnt get it quite right.

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