"I always had the idea that I liked being in movies to push buttons or, you know, encourage some kind of conversation - not message movies, but I liked movies of substance... I'm kind of a serious guy in some ways, and so that's just the path I sort of got set on. Now I'm kind of freeing myself up a bit more, I guess," the actor told us.
In MacGruber, Phillippe plays Lt. Dixon Piper, a fresh-faced cadet who is assigned to work with MacGruber, much to the Grube-meister's dismay. After an unfortunate accident, Piper joins Vicki St. Elmo (Kristen Wiig) as part of MacGruber's team to take down pony-tailed villain Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer).
"I've always wanted to be in this kind of movie," the normally reserved actor revealed. "I love movies like Anchorman, The Jerk, and if you're gonna be in that kind of film, you have to go for it and just play, you know? So I didn't sweat it too much. It will haunt me the rest of my career, I know." You'll have to see the movie to find out what exactly the MacGruber writers Forte, Jorma Taccone, and John Solomon got him to do, but suffice it to say, it's rather crunchy.
But that's not all. Phillippe also dished on several new comedy projects he'd got coming up. "I'm doing something for Funny or Die, and I'm on this sketch comedy show that starts in September, so it's fun for me. It opened up this whole other aspect to my career, which I think is fun... The sketch show I just did with Nick Swardson, and I'm going to do a part in this Anna Faris film... [The director's] name is escaping me but he directed the Ali G movie." A little digging turns up that the director of Ali G Indahouse, Mark Mylod, will be behind the camera for the Faris flick What's Your Number? based on the novel by Karyn Bosnak. Other stars in this rom-com include SNL's Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Ari Graynor, Zachary Quinto, and others.
Lest we think that Phillippe has totally lost his edge, he also said that, in addition to the upcoming drama The Stanford Prison Experiment, he's working on another project with Stanford director Christopher McQuarrie. While there's no start date for Stanford, "Chris and I are developing something, a heist movie together that we're kind of collaborating on, about people in credit card debt, trying to get out of it by committing crimes, so we're kind of working on a story like that... It's an original [story]."