With his next movie polling perilously close to a bomb, Tom Cruise is jumping into the fat suit again to play the lunatic movie producer Les Grossman.
Paramount Pictures announced Wednesday (June 9) that Cruise would play Grossman in a new comedy that will be produced by both the star and Ben Stiller. Grossman originated as a supporting character in Stiller’s hit flick “Tropic Thunder” and Cruise reprised the loudmouth in a series of promos and a live performance for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.
Attempting a ruse that Grossman is actually real, Stiller noted in a statement, “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 s*** 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.”
Grossman “reportedly” responded: “To quote my great friend Kirk Lazarus, ‘I don’t read the script, the script reads me.'”
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