In 2008, the comedy Role Models flew under the radar to be one of the best films Seann William Scott ever embarked upon. Alongside Paul Rudd, the R-rated romp brought in a healthy $92.4m from a $28m budget for Universal Pictures, intimating that director David Wain had created something worthwhile.
With his sports comedy sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers about to hit American theaters this week, Cinemablend quizzed the actor about follow up plans for a potential Role Models 2. Not only did Scott rule that concept out, he thinks any comedy production should steer clear of pitching a movie that is R-rated.
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As the interview ventured into Role Models territory, it was put to Scott if a screenplay for a sequel was in the works.
"No," he replied. "Unfortunately, because that was so much fun to work with Paul and the whole gang of amazing actors and actresses."
Whereas most performers in Hollywood might have left it at that, Scott clearly wanted to outline why the powers that be would step in.
"But you know why I don't think so?" he rhetorically asked. "Somebody had told me, I met a really big producer who actually used to run a studio. This was like a few years ago, actually. If you think about how, I mean, R-rated comedies are dead, unfortunately. Pretty much. What was good is that we have, you know, Hitman's Bodyguard did well, but that's like, you have two huge stars in that and then I think there was Girls Trip, but other than that there's no appetite for it. And this producer told me four or five years ago. He was like 'man we could never make Role Models today.' I was like 'really?' He was like 'Nope. Studios, it's just a different system. Just that premise. It's just. It's not worth the money for these people now. It's a completely different group of people making decisions on what movies get made.' So I think based on that probably not."
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One comedy sequel that did get the green light was Goon: Last of the Enforcers. Reprising his role that he debuted in 2011, Scott told Cinemablend that he was conscious of the pressures and expectations of a follow up that almost always disappoints.
"It's rare to do a sequel that doesn't massively disappoint people. That was all in our heads the whole time and it was like, there's going to be a lot of people that, no matter how hard we try, they're going to be like 'what the f***?' You know? 'This sucks.' But we did the best that we could and we were like 'let's try to come up with a solid story and let's do the best we can.' I think Jay did an amazing job, and it was like there's a hope obviously you're like, because I think this is different from doing an American Pie movie where you can kind of follow the same formula, and I think that ends up happening a lot with sequels. This one is a similar formula but there are elements to it that just felt, on a story and character level, a bit deeper. A little more interesting. And we just kind of went with it. Once you're on set you're like 'oh s*** let's do the best we can.' I love the movie, like I'm really happy with how it turned out and I love playing that character on an actor level. Because the character, comedically, you get quite a bit to do with it."