Bill Hader talks MACGRUBER Movie and denies Paper Heart tabloid rumors

by Eli Reyes


I'm excited as you can be for the big-screen adaptation of SNL's MacGyver parody sketch, MacGruber. I think this will mark a new era of SNL sketches turned movies, in the same vein and quality as Wayne's World and Night At The Roxbury... hopefully will mark.

While at an after party for a special screening of Paper Heart, SNL's Bill Hader(Superbad/Forgetting Sarah Marshall) spoke with NYMag about the MacGruber Movie's hard R rating style action(AWESOME!), and Paper Heart stars Charlene Yi and Michael Cera's alleged "real/fake/real/ended" relationship.

Charlene Yi and Michael Cera, who made a fake documentary, Paper Heart, about the fake beginning of their allegedly real three-year relationship, have reportedly ended their relationship.

Bill gives some pretty funny insight into Paper Heart, even though his part was cut out of the movie, which you can watch here. But he's known the director, Nick Jasonovec since he was 19, and gave the interview while standing next to his friend Jake M. Johnson, an actor who plays Jasenovec in the movie(confusing, I know).

So if you wanna skip ahead to the MacGruber news, scroll past Bill playing with toys!

We've been trying in vain to sum up this movie(Paper Heart) in a sentence. Can you?

When Nick told me what the movie was about, I remember the phone call. I was like, "What is the movie?" And he's like, "Well, it's a documentary about Charlene trying to find out about the meaning of love." And I was like, "Sweet!" and then he's like, "And then it's kind of about Michael. And Jake's going to play me. And it's a documentary about Michael, and outside of the documentary, Nick goes, "FUCK, lemme start over." And then he would start over again and get a little further and go, "Fuck, lemme start over again."

Did she and Michael have a real relationship?


Then why are there all these articles about how they went out for three years and now they've broken up?

That's some crazy person going [Starts miming finger-typing on computer with crazy, puzzled look on face] ... That's someone going, "Eh, I've got to write something today. Arururuurruurrrfaaaa. How about this?" I thought that was very funny that people were like, "Yeah, they really broke up." Uh, yeah, and they really went out, too. It's not unfounded to say that. It's just kind of funny.

Have you ever done a bit during an interview and had it reported as fact?

Michael and I tried to do a bit about Gilligan's Island when we were at Sundance. He was there for this movie and I was there for Adventureland. I was in an interview, and someone said, "Now Michael Cera says that he is going to be playing Gilligan in Gilligan's Island and that you might be in it." And the minute they said that, I thought, "Oh, okay Michael, you just passed this to me?" And I was like, "Yeah, yeah, you know, I'm hoping to play the Skipper, or really just any part." And this guy was really like, "Wow! So what's it going to be like?" And I was like, "Well, it's going to be really violent. That whole shipwreck scene is going to be like Paul Greengrass directing Castaway." I was like, "It's just gonna be REAL. You're in the boat. It's just ... no music ... just fucking visceral, like, Bloody Sunday. Paul Greengrass! Not like fucking Bourne movies. Just like fucking ... It's going to be crazy."

Did you come up with a plotline for the Skipper?

No. By the time I started saying that, I could tell the guy was thinking, "Fuck you, Michael Cera." The other thing I did was for the Hot Rod DVD – I did a British accent the whole time just because we were shooting late and I was trying to make Danny McBride laugh. And now I have people coming up to me going [Adopts a British accent], "Hey, where are you from?"


Okay, now I have to ask about MacGruber. How is that going to work as a movie?

I read the script, and it's like a hard-R comedy, and it totally works. It's hilarious. It's kind of in the vein of, like, eighties action movies, like there's a very definitive bad guy. I don't know if I can talk about the plot too much, but it's hilarious. The thing that kind of blew my mind about it is that it's like a HARD-R movie. I was like, "What is this? This is fucking ugly. You guys are really going to do this?" And they're like, "Yup." And I was like, "That is awesome. That is fucking hilarious."

Aren't the sketches, like, 30 seconds long? How do you make that a movie?

It's a really funny character. I don't think that's a stretch.

But doesn't everybody die at the end of every sketch?

No, they just blow up. They don't necessarily die, because they keep being in more sketches.

Is it all explosions?

I'm not allowed to say!

What else are you doing on your SNL hiatus?

Trying to be in New York with my wife [Maggie, who is expecting a baby in September] as much as possible.

How's that going?

It's awesome. Doing a lot of waking up and going out to grab ice cream late at night.

Does she have mood swings?

No, my wife is the sweetest, most even-keeled person ever. A mood swing to her is like, "Oh, I'm uncomfortable." Know what I mean? She's like, "Honey, I'm uncomfortable," and I'm like, "Whoa! Fucking Maggie just yelled at me!"

Will your kid have a weird name, like Six-Pack or Bronx?

I'm naming him Lorne.