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Will Forte on MacGruber

Published April 1, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
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MacGruber is not just another Saturday Night Live movie. It’s based on the character from the recurring sketches where, unlike MacGyver, MacGruber fails to save people from explosions. The movie goes wildly R-rated, including a shocker scene where he has sex at a cemetery!

Will Forte is MacGruber


“Remember when we went to the cemetery to do that scene?” star Will Forte remembered. “[Lorne Michaels] came that night. I’m sitting there naked about to do this scene, and I turn around and Lorne has his cell phone out taking a picture of me from behind. Oh, one little thing about the cemetery scene with Maya was that she was eight months pregnant at the time. She was very pregnant. She was a trouper. Now I know her daughter very well.”

Delving into the life of MacGruber reveals all his quirks. For example, he pulls out his car tape deck wherever he goes. “I forget who came up with the idea, but it was probably John Solomon. I forget when we figured it out, but we decided we were going to take it out everywhere. Then there were a couple of scenes where it wasn’t in the script and it was like, oh geez! I should have my stereo with me!”



As already revealed in the trailers, MacGruber also sticks a celery stalk up his butt. “I think it was John [Solomon] and Jorma [Taccone] who thought of that, but I was busy working on some other part of it. They pitched that to me and it was just one of those things like, okay, yeah, yeah, sure. I’ll put some celery in my butt. Then the best part of it was that my mom was visiting that day, and she’s seen it all pretty much at this point, but we were at this warehouse and she was saying earlier in the day, ‘Well, I think I’m going to go into Santa Fe with my friends.’ And I said, ‘Oh yeah, there’s this pretty crazy scene we’re doing, so you could stay for that or go to Santa Fe.’ She said, ‘Oh yeah? Maybe I’ll stay.’ So I really forgot what we were doing, and I’m sitting there naked, cupping my balls and trying to place this celery, and I look over and there’s my mom. But it was nice. There was no judgment on her face, it was just like, this is what my son is doing today. But the other thing is that she was with two friends, and they were not okay with it.”

There’s so much wild stuff in MacGruber, the original script turned out to be over 175 pages. “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…’ We all had pretty equal say so individually there are little things that one of us would love and the other two would not. 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.”

MacGruber opens to theaters on May 21st.

For the trailers, interviews and more movie info, go to the MacGruber Movie Page.


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