2003's Bruce Almighty was a pretty standard Jim Carrey flick-Carrey made a bunch of funny faces, acted like a cartoon character, we laughed once or twice and hated ourselves for doing so. The film was remarkable for only two reasons. One, despite sucking for the most part, it made $242 million at the domestic box office and, two, a mostly unknown actor named Steve Carell stole every seen he was in.
9. Sequel to: Office SpaceCharacter:
Based on the ridiculous amount of money it made, we weren't surprised when it was reported earlier this year that Hollywood was planning a sequel to the film. What did surprise us was that they were actually centering the film on Carell. That's right, Hollywood had actually gotten something right! Could this be a sign of things to come? Will Hollywood start spinning sequels off of the best characters in the original films, rather than offering up paired down versions of the originals? If so, here are the nine best characters for their consideration.
Milton Waddams (Stephen Root)Why:
The vastly underrated Stephen Root and the Milton character that he brought to such vivid life in the first film finally gets their chance to shine. The movie Office Space
was inspired by a bunch of animated shorts Mike Judge did in the early '90s that focused on Milton, so a spin-off would actually be coming full circle. Pitch:
The entire original cast returns, though Root is now the focus. Milton, having now had his desk actually moved off the premises, finally flips out and goes on the office killing spree that temps everywhere have spent their lunch hours daydreaming about for decades. Mike Judge is gone but Brian De Palma happily takes the reigns.
8. Sequel to: Big Lebowski Character:
Jesus Quintana (John Turturro)Why:
Because pretty much every single scene that Turturro's Jesus appears in, is a classic. Whether its the dance he does to the mariachi band version of "Hotel California," the point he gives partner, Liam O'Brien, after rolling a strike or the trash talking monologue he lays on Walter and The Dude, if you only have five minutes to get your Lebowski fix in, Jesus' are the scenes you're fast forwarding to. So why not spread his over the top shit-talking across an entire 90-minute film?
Maybe he gets caught up in a kidnapping mystery of his own. Maybe he just spends the whole movie rolling strikes and pointing at partner Liam. Either way, it would be hilarious. Dios mio, maing.
7. Sequel to: Harold & Kumar Go to White CastleCharacter:
Neil Patrick Harris (Neil Patrick Harris)Why:
Around Oscar time everyone starts talking about how "brave" certain performances are. For instance, last year everyone kept saying how brave Hillary Swank's performance as a female boxer was. Actually, pretending to be a female boxer was "a good career move," playing yourself as a hooker-biting coke fiend, now that is some brave shit. Funny too.Pitch: Doogie & Kumar Go to Sonic
Kumar (the about to blow up Kal Penn) drops the wet blanket Harold and starts partying with Neil Patrick Harris. Now that Harris' career has been revived by that
How I Met Your Mother
show, there's plenty of money to spend and plenty of drugs to spend it on. Oh, and since we're in spin-off territory, they fly to LA and beat the shit out of the two guys from Dude Where' My Car?
6. Sequel to: Austin PowersCharacter:
Mini-Me (Verne Troyer)Why:
Because this one should have been in the works long before Verne Troyer's popularity doubled after urinating on the floor of the The Surreal Life
house while naked on a scooter in front of Peter Brady. Oh, also, because midgets are funny.Pitch:
Tired of being in Powers' shadow (mostly because its freezing there for a little guy), Mini-Me heads out on his own adventure. He befriends a mute Asian street corner newspaper peddler and a stripper with a heart of gold. Literally-its made of gold and, as such, her pimp, played by Dave Chappelle, is stone cold after the bitch. A Christmas Day release.
5. Sequel to: Rain ManCharacter:
Rain Man (Dustin Hoffman)Why:
Okay, so maybe it doesn't necessarily qualify as a spin-off if the titular character from the first one is the star of the second. However, the problem with the first