Even the stars of unnecessary sequels are well aware of just how unnecessary they are. Actor Jason Bateman recently guested on Marc Maron’s popular WTF Podcast where he talked about his involvement in the “Horrible Bosses” sequel – a film that he was not a fan of.
The first film did fairly well, costing $35 million and making $209 million along with a decent 69% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel cost $7 million more to make, made only $106 million worldwide, and scored just 35% on RT. Asked about why the film failed, he said:
“A lot of people saw the first one, but there are plenty of films that made a lot of money where no one is interested in seeing another one… People just weren’t interested in seeing another one. ‘We saw the first one, we had fun, and I don’t need to go see a second one.’
He goes on to jokingly blame the audience: “Don’t go out and buy a bunch of tickets for the first one unless you want a second one, cause we don’t have any discipline in this town.” He also admits the paycheck was a key motivating factor in his involvement.
Source: Marc Maron