NY Magazine caught up with Bill Hader outside a Paper Heart screening recently, where they asked him about the upcoming Macgruber movie. He said he’s read the script (by Will Forte, Jorma Taccone, and John Solomon), which tells us there’s actually a script, and that it’s… *gasp* rated R.
It’s like a hard-R comedy, and it totally works. It’s hilarious. 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. I was like, “What is this? This is f*cking ugly. You guys are really going to do this?” And they’re like, “Yup.” And I was like, “That is awesome. That is f*cking hilarious.” [Vulture]
Unfortunately scripts have a way of changing once the people paying the bills get ahold of them. And putting out an R-rated SNL movie would take some serious balls, a rarity these days everywhere but your mom’s underwear. As ThePlaylist points out, there hasn’t been an R-rated SNL movie since Blues Brothers, and the conventional wisdom is that they’d lose a big chunk of their network-TV friendly audience by making an R-rated film. But I hope they do it. Not because cussing is inherently funnier, but because that would at least give it some separation from the sketches, which kinda suck. It could be really good if Macgruber was more like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando, cutting peoples’ arms off and feeding deer and carrying tree trunks on his shoulder and swearing. And then sometimes a naked girl would walk by for some reason. I guess what I’m saying is that it could be good if it’s nothing like Macgruber.