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Jason Bateman doesn't think Horrible Bosses needed a sequel

08.20.2015

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While the first film grossed over $200 million worldwide and received solid reviews, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 earned just a little over $100 million, and critics weren't thrilled with the follow-up. Jason Bateman talked about the movie's failures during an appearance on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, and says he knows that people weren't exactly demanding for a sequel.

The first one was funny. The first one put up some money. The second one was garbage as far as box office goes. Who knows if it was on the merits or when they released it, but it did not do any money...A lot of people saw the first one, but there are plenty of films that made a lot of money where no one is interested in seeing another one.

Bateman knew what he was getting into when he signed on for HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 though (“That’s a paycheck for everyone. Everyone’s gettin’ paid. It’s a freebie.”) but says they weren't trying to make a lazy movie.

We can’t just make it suck. Everyone’s gonna know it’s a layup, but let’s at least try to make it hold up to some cynical scrutiny.

Bateman also jokingly blamed the audience for the sequel (“Don’t go out and buy a bunch of tickets for the first one unless you want a second one, cause we don’t have any discipline in this town.") and says he doubts the film's poor showing at the box office will hurt his career.

You’re somewhat insulated in that it’s an ensemble. I have to assume that [people aren’t saying], ‘Oh, come on. Jason Bateman is in it? I’m not seeing that!’ People just weren’t interested in seeing another one. ‘We saw the first one, we had fun, and I don’t need to go see a second one.'

I applaud Jason Bateman for being so open about HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, and I don't think any less of the actor for taking a paycheck film, especially since he's done plenty of other great work. Speaking of which, Bateman's THE GIFT is currently playing in theaters, and THE FAMILY FANG, his sophomore directorial effort follow-up to BAD WORDS starring Christopher Walken and Nicole Kidman, will premiere at TIFF 2015.

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6:24PM on 08/21/2015
Chris Pine was the best thing about Horrible Bosses 2, while everyone else did seem to just be phoning it in & even Chrstoph Waltz was completely wasted. Do appreciate the honesty from Bateman though & he's always been good no matter what movie he is in.
Chris Pine was the best thing about Horrible Bosses 2, while everyone else did seem to just be phoning it in & even Chrstoph Waltz was completely wasted. Do appreciate the honesty from Bateman though & he's always been good no matter what movie he is in.
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12:42AM on 08/21/2015
Yeah I was not interested in a sequel either, yet I just watched this on HBO and laughed my ass off. I thought Pine was great and the permanent marker bit was hilarious.
Yeah I was not interested in a sequel either, yet I just watched this on HBO and laughed my ass off. I thought Pine was great and the permanent marker bit was hilarious.
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11:10PM on 08/20/2015
It was pretty much what I expected. None of the cast's careers will benefit or suffer from this movie, but it was absolutely unnecessary like most sequels.

It was pretty much what I expected. None of the cast's careers will benefit or suffer from this movie, but it was absolutely unnecessary like most sequels.

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1:24PM on 08/20/2015

"JASON BATEMAN DOESN'T THINK HORRIBLE BOSSES NEEDED A SEQUEL"

No shit. Talk about redundant. But I actually enjoyed HB2 for what it was and how it wasn't a carbon copy of the first (I'm looking at you Hangover 2). We all just know it was unnecessary but that's not to say it was a bad comedy either. I mean seriously, what sequel now a days isn't unnecessary? The word "unnecessary" itself has become synonymous with the word "sequel".
No shit. Talk about redundant. But I actually enjoyed HB2 for what it was and how it wasn't a carbon copy of the first (I'm looking at you Hangover 2). We all just know it was unnecessary but that's not to say it was a bad comedy either. I mean seriously, what sequel now a days isn't unnecessary? The word "unnecessary" itself has become synonymous with the word "sequel".
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10:44AM on 08/20/2015

Classy guy.

I do worry about Neighbors 2, though.
I do worry about Neighbors 2, though.
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10:34AM on 08/20/2015
Respect the honesty of Bateman. The movie wasn't as good as the first, but had its moments. I thought Pine was the only one who saved the film from being downright unnecessary.
Respect the honesty of Bateman. The movie wasn't as good as the first, but had its moments. I thought Pine was the only one who saved the film from being downright unnecessary.
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10:15AM on 08/20/2015

There you go!

If you're working in a movie (or anything, for that matter) just because you need money, it doesn't mean you have to phone it in. I hope people like Nicolas Cage read/listen to this interview.
If you're working in a movie (or anything, for that matter) just because you need money, it doesn't mean you have to phone it in. I hope people like Nicolas Cage read/listen to this interview.
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9:14AM on 08/20/2015
I just listened to this episode last week. Bateman's an interesting guy. I have to say, while HB2 wasn't great, it really wasn't THAT bad either. At least it was funnier than the Hangover sequels (if you want to talk about unnecessary sequels to what should have been one-offs).
I just listened to this episode last week. Bateman's an interesting guy. I have to say, while HB2 wasn't great, it really wasn't THAT bad either. At least it was funnier than the Hangover sequels (if you want to talk about unnecessary sequels to what should have been one-offs).
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8:50AM on 08/20/2015
Welcome to the selfish money grubbing movie exec's Mr.Bateman
Welcome to the selfish money grubbing movie exec's Mr.Bateman
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