MacGruber: Will Forte Doubtful on Season 2, Optimistic About Future

Will Forte (Aliens Abducted My Parents and Now I Kinda Feel Left Out) spoke with Bleeding Cool about MacGruber and its future on Peacock.

Will Forte carved himself a fine career as a comedic actor, and his stock continues to soar. Among his biggest signature projects stems from his Saturday Night Live days in the MacGyver parody MacGruber. Playing the title character, the formula was kept simple. He, a male, and a female partner are trapped in a confined space with a bomb, and it's up to MacGruber to disarm it before it goes off. There's a typical theme of insecurity he has to deal with that distracts him before it does eventually go off as the two straight characters struggle to keep him on task. The success of the recurring sketches eventually led to a 2010 Universal Pictures film adaptation and the 2021 Peacock TV series sequel with Kristen Wiig (Vicki St. Elmo) and Ryan Phillippe (Dixon Piper) solidified in those roles. While promoting his indie comedy Aliens Abducted My Parents and I Feel Kinda Left Out for Sundance, Forte spoke to Bleeding Cool about how MacGruber came together on Peacock and its uncertain future.

MACGRUBER — Pictured in this screengrab: (l-r) Kristen Wiig as Vicki St. Elmo, Will Forte as MacGruber, Ryan Phillippe as Dixon Piper — (Photo by: Peacock)

Working on MacGruber

"If it were up to me, 'MacGruber' would be the only thing I'd ever work on [laughs]," Forte said. "I'm kidding. I love working on that and everything else I'm in, but it is like a family that after doing the movie and then a whole series together. There were some people who worked on the 'MacGruber' movie who then worked on the series. The people who didn't come back to work on the series from working on the movie and the people who filled in for them were from the show 'Last Man on Earth.' It was a real collection of people who have meant a great deal to me over my life. To get to work with all these people again is what I aspire to be every day. We should all be so lucky to get to work with people like this."

MacGruber: Will Forte Doubtful on Season 2, Optimistic About Future
MACGRUBER — Pictured in this screengrab: Will Forte as MacGruber — (Photo by: Peacock)

As far as the franchise's future, whether we'll see a second MacGruber film or second season on the NBC Universal streamer, "We haven't heard anything. It's likely we'll never do a season two, but at the same time, we're ready to jump at it if given the chance," Forte said. "I hope it's at Peacock if we ever come around to doing it again because they were fantastic. If they don't want to do it and somebody else does, just do it wherever."

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Will Forte as MacGruber. Image Courtesy of Rogue Pictures

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Tom ChangAbout Tom Chang

I'm a follower of pop culture from gaming, comics, sci-fi, fantasy, film, and TV for over 30 years. I grew up reading magazines like Starlog, Mad, and Fangoria. As a writer for over 10 years, Star Wars was the first sci-fi franchise I fell in love with. I'm a nerd-of-all-trades.
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