And they say Murray-Goulburn makes great cream, you should see what I’ve just…. OK, I’ll leave that right there, but let me just say, excited gang, excited!
Charles Grodin may be returning to film – and kicking it off with (drum roll) “Midnight Run 2”! (Gonna need a blow-dryer in aisle 4!). Yep, though initially the plan was for Robert De Niro’s character, Jack Walsh, to go it alone this time (this time assigned to ‘bring back’ the grown-up son of Grodin’s character from the 1988 fave), Grodin tells Deadline.com that Jonathan ‘The Duke’ Mardukas may be making a reappearance too.
“I’ve been led to believe by someone I won’t name that they will ask me and I will consider it”, says 75-year-old Grodin, whose many hits include “Beethoven”, “The Lonely Guy” and “Seems Like Old Times”.
Grodin, who walked away from the business until 1993 to take care of his young family, tells the site he’d be quite happy to act again (he did have a role in a shitty Jason Bateman flick called “The Ex” a couple of years ago) – so long as he can sleep in his own bed, in Connecticut, every night. In other words, that’s gonna limit the amount of movies Grodin’s able to do. He won’t be, for instance, making anything in L.A – and, in fact, tells Deadline that he’s [sadly] knocked back the chance to reprise his “Great Muppet Caper” character, Nicky Holiday, for Jason Segel & Nick Stoller’s new “Muppet” movie, “The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made”.
“I was in The Great Muppet Caper and I think they are bringing back those of us still alive for a reprise. Jim Henson was dear to me but I’m not flying 6000 miles to Los Angeles to work one day.”
(Guess Segel will have to go with Ray Liotta’s ‘security guard’ from “Muppets from Space” instead?)
Whatever… so long as ‘The Duke’ is back in “Midnight Run 2”! (The site also suggests that director Martin Brest – who has been in movie jail since “Gigli” – may be onboard as a producer. Nice!) And, I’m guessing, so long as they film the big guy’s scene close enough to Connecticut… everyone goes home happy. Maybe even Fozzie. And potentially, Dr Teeth.
The “Midnight Run” sequel is based on a script by Timothy Dowling (“Role Models”) and produced by De Niro and Jane Rosenthal’s Tribeca Entertainment.