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Jason Bateman Admits Nobody Actually Wanted A Sequel To ‘Horrible Bosses’

Jason Bateman Admits Nobody Actually Wanted A Sequel To 'Horrible Bosses'

Hollywood logic is pretty simple: if something is a success, find a way to keep printing money by making a sequel or spinoff. So, when “Horrible Bosses” earned over $205 million worldwide in 2011, Warner Bros. of course put the wheels in motion for a followup. “Horrible Bosses 2” arrived two years later and essentially did half the business of its predecessor, earning a collective shrug from audiences. Sometimes moviegoers are happy enough taking one trip down the block with a movie, no matter how successful, and Jason Bateman admits that was likely the case with “Horrible Bosses.”

“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,” the actor said on WTF With Marc Maron. 

READ MORE: Review: ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ Starring Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Jason Bateman, Chris Pine And Christoph Waltz

“The first one was funny. The first one put up some money. The second one was garbage as far as box office goes,” Bateman also said. “Who knows if it was on the merits or when they released it, but it did not do any money.” 
And while Bateman says there was a simple motivation to sign on for a followup (hint: $$$) they did sort of put an effort into it. “Oh yeah. That’s a paycheck for everyone. Everyone’s gettin’ paid. It’s a freebie,” he said about making the sequel. Also adding: “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.”

Sounds like the air was coming out of “Horrible Bosses 2” before it even started, which begs the question: why bother in the first place? Oh right, because the first one made money. But perhaps it would’ve been best to leave it at that. Listen to Bateman’s full conversation below. [Uproxx]

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I’m confused. Did he write any of the script for either the first or second film, and thus accountable for the failure, or was he just a puppet told to say his lines?


I think what did the second one in was timing. They put it out in the middle of the holiday where there’s a lot of family, holiday and Oscar-contending films are released. They should’ve put this out in the summer that way the "Horrible Bosses 2" could’ve been rolled out bigger.


@GRAMMER NAZI you do know that’s not how you spell "grammar," right? Or are you a really big, fascist fan of the star of FRASIER?


Actually enjoyed this one a lot more than the first one.


Crazy that these are the people making millions of dollars. The movie straight up sucked, and they all know it.


Edit your articles please. This one is less than 350 words. ") they did sort of a put an effort in it. "

Grammer Nazi

300,000 points deducted for improper use of the phrase "begs the question"


Who knew, actors are just like the rest of us in that they mostly work to make money. Nothing wrong with that at all, it’s just a job.


Jim, Hollywood has always been a lot of sequels, reboots and unnecessary remakes.

Bark Star

Horrible work ethics.


Pretty much sums up Hollywood today. A lot of sequels, reboots and remakes that weren’t wanted or necessary.


Well, I don’t think he’s contradicting himself or being disingenous. The movie does make an effort to have some twists, not just be a straight rehash of the first one. The ideas of taking a job for the money and still putting in a solid effort are not mutually exclusive.

Emperor Zerg Rush

Cool that he admits it, cooler still that he even cops to doing it because of the money but it falls apart when he tries to justify not half-assing it.

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