Overheard: Why Kristen Wiig said no to 'Bridesmaids 2'
July 1st, 2013
05:13 PM ET

Overheard: Why Kristen Wiig said no to 'Bridesmaids 2'

With the accolades and box office revenue 2011's "Bridesmaids" raked in, we'd be hesitant to do a follow-up, too.

How could a sequel top a movie that still hasn't lived down its own success? Just this weekend, the zeitgeist reminisced about the highly rated comedy filled with foul-mouthed ladies as director Paul Feig's latest R-rated effort, "The Heat," landed in theaters.

So when Kristen Wiig, who co-wrote "Bridesmaids" in addition to starring in the vehicle, was thrown the opportunity to do a "Bridesmaids 2," she turned down the offer without batting an eye.

"It wasn't a hard decision," Wiig told Harper's Bazaar. "We knew during the first one, this was it. We would have made a lot of money if there was a second one, but that's not my goal in my creative life."

Instead, her goal is apparently to stay as busy as possible. In addition to doing voicework with Steve Carell in this week's animated family comedy, "Despicable Me 2," she'll also appear in another comedy called "Girl Most Likely" on July 19.

And that's not to mention the three other projects she's signed up for that are listed to arrive this year, not including the "Anchorman" sequel in December.

"I am so excited about that," Wiig told Harper's Bazaar of "Anchorman: The Legend Continues." "I don't know why this is happening to me."

Filed under: Celebrities • movies

soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. poozymunch

    the best.

    July 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. datwuztru

    pretty lady

    July 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ima

    check outside machine for that one-just curious

    July 9, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. He's not home...so make sure i have a report tomorrow morning.

    July 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. shenigwei5203--does anyone know who this is?

    July 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. greeneyedirishlass

    While I often laughed during the movie and really appreciated the main friendship in the film I am sooooo glad they turned down a sequel. I'm so sick of sequels! Yes, I laughed at this one but if they had done more they would have run into the horror of something like The Hangover 3...when the second never should have been made. The first movie was barely funny...the subsequent films a serious waste of money to make. Hollywood needs to concentrate on new and original, not riding the backs of movies that premiered well.

    July 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JosieCat

    I thought the first move was HORRIBLE. Didn't think it was funny at all. The movie had the most uncomfortable scenes ever – that you just hoped would end. I bought the DVD without watching it – BIG mistake.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glo G

      OMG! I thought I was the only one who thought that movie was totally unfunny, vulgar, and generally horrid! Thank GOD there won't be a second such movie perpetrated on the public.

      July 2, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • txldybug

      It was one of the WORST movies I've ever seen...

      July 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alvarez

    My underpants have reached their poop load carrying limit.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just go to housewares and find a nice vase to empty them into. No one will notice

      July 2, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steves

    Here's an idea. Not every movie NEEDS a sequel.

    July 2, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Happy 123 was made especially for you 2.....and you still didn't figure it out

    July 2, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. She's made cuz she find this years so wil reboot the machine the rest of the day

    July 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. citizenUSA

    Awww, they saw what happened with Hangover 2.

    July 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TriumphTheInsultComicDog

    You are all stupid. Chicks are nowhere near as funny as guys. This movie sucked, and they knew it. That's why they didn't bother with a sequel.

    July 2, 2013 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. SpenderH

    I credit the "Joe Schmo" show with making Wiig's career. It was huge!

    July 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ivannaphuk


    July 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. uh oh

    I'd use my loofah and falafel on her wearing my factor gear

    July 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. visitor

    I didn't think the first movie was as funny as it was hyped up to be. Female hangover? I think not. But I did enjoy the movie. I would have patronized a sequel. Kristen or Melissa McCarthy's character could have gotten married.

    July 1, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Rebecca

    The first one SUCKED so wouldn't be open to a sequel. The only reason the first one did so well is because it looked funny on the preview so by the time you purchase the ticket, it's too late. One and done is the smart way to go

    July 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • wassup

      No Rebecca. A lot of people did find it to be a funny movie. Check out rottentomatoes.com if you don't believe me (90% rating with critics and 76% with audience). I'm glad this movie didn't go the way of Hangover, which got increasingly less funny with each sequel.

      July 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Oh sure, Rebecca. What about the wedding dress trying on scene where they get food poinsoning? That wasn't funny? You try writing something funnier than that and I'll sh!t out a golden nugget for you.

      July 2, 2013 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • tom bergeron

      Rebecca – would you enjoy me sticking it to you from the back!!??

      July 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Now it will become a joke.

      July 2, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • geekgirl42

      I thought Bridesmaids was one of the funniest movies I've seen. On the other hand, I went to see Hangover in the theater (full price, and everything) and walked out of it 30 minutes in because I thought it was horrible and completely unfunny. Different brands of comedy, I guess.

      July 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  19. val

    I think this makes me like her even more as money isn't what she's all about.

    July 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tappy

      This makes me hate her even more. I enjoyed Bridesmaids and enjoyed her on SNL and in her other movies. But she doesn't make high art. Stop acting like you are Meryl Streep. You do ccomedy. If you don't like sequels then be creative in how you write it and don't use Hangover 2 as your model.

      July 1, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • You are an idiot, Tappy.

      July 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      You are not an idiot Tappy, I agree. She should not get ahead of herself – she's funny, not the funniest chick ever, but she's funny enough to have a career. She should be thankful and not be acting like she's some complex artist. They are mostly just more of the "being a woman is tough" jokes. I loved Bridesmaides tho.

      July 2, 2013 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |

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