“Step Brothers 2” and “Tim and Eric” Updates From John C. Reilly

“Step Brothers 2” and “Tim and Eric” Updates From John C. Reilly (photo)

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It blows my mind that we got even one movie as wonderfully insane as “Step Brothers.” But now it looks like there’s actually a chance we might get a second film about immortal man-children and Chewbacca mask enthusiasts Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly). Incredible.

Yesterday, I spoke with John C. Reilly about his terrific new film “Terri,” which opens in limited release on July 1. At the end of our interview (which we’ll post a little closer to “Terri”‘s release), Reilly and I were talking about his role in the Beastie Boys’ epic “Fight For Your Right (Revisited)” video, which led into a conversation about Will Ferrell and his incredible gift for making profanity sound funny. At that point, as a die-hard “Step Brothers” fan (I’ve hosted “Step Brothers”-themed New Year’s Eve parties, for God’s sake) I had no choice but to ask Reilly about the rumors I’d recently read that he and Ferrell had begun discussing the possibility of a “Step Brothers 2.” Right as they were pulling me out of the room, I also snuck in a quick question about the eagerly anticipated (and definitely happening, since it’s already being shot) “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.” Here what went down:

Speaking of Will, when he was promoting “Everything Must Go” last month he mentioned that you guys had been talking about making “Step Brothers 2.” Are there any developments? When you’re “talking about” it, is that just “Should we do it?” “Yes, okay, let’s do it?”

It’s more than that. It was that for a while and now we’re moving in the direction of trying to get it actually made. There’s a lot of people who like that movie, it’s a really beloved story. And I think there’s some more gold in them hills, but no one wants to make a lame sequel. There’s nothing worse than a beloved movie of yours being sold out. So we’re trying to be as careful as we can be.

You know the studio was saying they wanted us to do it for a long time. And for a long time we were kind of like “Nah, we’re not just going to do that because you want to make money on it.” But then the more we thought about it — you know why? and we came up with a couple of great ideas recently that seem to make sense for where those guys would end up in a sequel.

So there’s sort of a plan in place for what the sequel would be like?

Well, just in the same way as when we wrote the first one, spitballing ideas and remembering stories from our pasts. So, yeah, it’s at the spitballing stage, I guess.

All right, well I’m looking forward to it. As someone who named his fantasy football team The Catalina Wine Mixer, I hope it happens.


Have you shot your stuff for the “Tim and Eric” movie yet?


Is it all sketches or is there a narrative?

Oh there’s a real narrative. It’s incredibly, um…

Incredibly narrative driven?

Well, it’s surprising. If you look at Tim and Eric’s show, one of the wonderful things about them was how absurd the right and left turns are; one piece to another. But yeah, this has a story. An absurd story.

I don’t know what I can do to help ensure “Step Brothers 2” happens. But whatever it takes — buying a few dozen copies of the “Step Brothers” DVDs and Blu-rays, knocking on wood until my knuckles bleed, drinking a crapload of wine from Catalina — I will do it.

How badly do you want to see “Step Brothers 2?” Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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