Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Andy Samberg - Joins a long line of SNL stars to go to the movies

This is my rant about people who think SNL doesn't produce stars. Andy's movie might not have been a hit, but he'll be back and he'll join this list of 38 other SNL stars to succeed in the movies.

This rant based on this article:

"Andy Samberg goes where so many of his fellow Saturday Night Live performers have gone before, trying to turn their late-night TV fame into stardom on the big screen. With a few blazing exceptions - Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Will Ferrell - most have failed, sometimes miserably."



What? Are you kidding me??? Sandler? Stiller? Crystal? Rock? Meyers? Murphy? The following is a list of actors who were on Saturday Night Live and have gone on to have at least one hit movie. The list is chronological, based on when they were on SNL...

(Hits are movies that make over $50 million. Blockbusters make over $100 million. All figures are based on worldwide sales.)

1. Chevy Chase (8 total... 7 Hits: Caddyshack, Vacation, Fletch, European Vacation, Spies Like Us, Christmas Vacation, Snow Day; 1 Blockbuster: Last Action Hero)

2. Dan Aykroyd (18 total... 9 Hits: 1941, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, Dragnet, My Girl, Sneakers, Antz, Evolution, Christmas with the Kranks; 9 Blockbusters: Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones 2, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, Driving Miss Daisy, Casper, Pearl Harbor, 50 First Dates, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry)

3. John Belushi (3 total... 1 Hit: 1941; 2 Blockbusters: Animal House, Blues Brothers)

4. Bill Murray (11 total... 7 Hits: Stripes, Scrooged, What About Bob?, Grounghog Day, Space Jam, The Royal Tenenbaums, Garfield; 4 Blockbusters: Tootsie, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 2, Charlie's Angels)

5. Eddie Murphy (24 total... 11 Hits: 48 Hrs., Trading Places, The Golden Child, Eddie Murphy Raw, Harlem Nights, Another 48 Hrs., Boomerang, Life, Bowfinger, The Haunted Mansion, Norbit; 13 Blockbusters: Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop 2, Coming to America, The Nutty Professor, Mulan, Doctor Dolittle, The Nutty Professor 2, Shrek, Doctor Dolittle 2, Daddy Day Care, Shrek 2, Dreamgirls, Shrek 3; NOTE: And he's got three more on the way with an untitled Brett Ratner project, Beverly Hills Cop 4, Shrek 4)

6. Julia Louis-Dreyfus (2 total... 1 Hit: Christmas Vacation; 1 Blockbuster: A Bug's Life)

7. Jim Belushi (6 total... 2 Hits: Trading Places, K-9; 4 Blockbusters: Jingle All the Way, Snow Dogs, Hoodwinked, The Wild)

8. Billy Crystal (6 total... 3 Hits: Throw Momma From the Train, When Harry Met Sally, America's Sweethearts; 3 Blockbusters: City Slickers, Analyze This, Monsters Inc.)

9. Martin Short (6 total... 5 Hits: Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride 2, Jungle 2 Jungle, Jimmy Neutron, The Santa Clause 3; 1 Blockbuster: The Prince of Egypt; NOTE: And he has one more on the way with The Spiderwick Chronicles)

10. Chrisopher Guest (2 total... 1 Hit: Small Soldiers; 1 Blockbuster: A Few Good Men; NOTE: Christopher Guest is best known for his critically acclaimed mockumentaries)

11. Joan Cusack (7 total... 4 Hits: Broadcast News, Working Girl, In And Out, School of Rock; 3 Blockbusters: Runaway Bride, Toy Story 2, Chicken Little)

12. Robert Downey, Jr. (8 total... 5 Hits: Natural Born Killers, Bowfinger, Good Night and Good Luck, The Shaggy Dog, Zodiac; 3 Blockbusters: Back to School, U.S. Marshalls, Gothika; NOTE: And he's got two more coming with Iron Man and Tropic Thunder)

13. Anthony Michael Hall (3 Hits: Vacation, The Breakfast Club, Edward Scissorhands)

14. John Lovitz (8 total... 3 Hits: Little Nicky, Rat Race, The Benchwarmers; 5 Blockbusters: Big, A League of Their Own, The Wedding Singer, Cats & Dogs, The Stepford Wives)

15. Randy Quaid (7 total... 4 Hits: What's Up Doc?, Vacation, Christmas Vacation, Not Another Teen Movie; 3 Blockbusters: Days of Thunder, Independence Day, Brokeback Mountain)

16. Don Novello (4 total... 1 Hit: Jack; 3 Blockbusters: The Godfather III, Casper, Atlantis: The Lost Empire)

17. Damon Wayans (3 total... 1 Hit: The Last Boyscout; 2 Blockbusters: Beverly Hills Cop, Last Action Hero)

18. Dana Carvey (2 total... 1 Hit: Little Nicky; 1 Blockbuster: Wayne's World)

19. Phil Hartman (2 total... 1 Hit: Small Soldiers; 1 Blockbuster: Jingle All the Way)

20. Kevin Nealon (5 total... 2 Hits: Little Nicky, Heartbreakers; 3 Blockbusters: The Wedding Singer, Anger Management, Daddy Day Care)

21. Mike Myers (8 total... 1 Hit: Austin Powers; 7 Blockbusters: Wayne's World, Austin Powers 2, Shrek, Austin Powers 3, The Cat in the Hat, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third; NOTE: And he's got two more coming with The Love Guru and Shrek 4)

22. Ben Stiller (13 total... 4 Hits: Keeping the Faith, Zoolander, The Royal Tenenbaums, Anchorman; 9 Blockbusters: The Cable Guy, There's Something About Mary, Meet the Parents, Along Came Polly, Starsky & Hutch, Dodgeball, Meet the Fockers, Madagascar, Night at the Museum; NOTE: And he's got five more coming with The Heartbreak Kid, Tropic Thunder, Madagascar 2, Hardy Men, and Another Night)

23. Chris Rock (9 total... 2 Hits: Down to Earth, Bad Company; 7 Blockbusters: Beverly Hills Cop 2, Boomerang, Doctor Dolittle, Lethal Weapon 4, AI: Artificial Intelligence, The Longest Yard, Madagascar; NOTE: And he's got three more coming with Bee Movie, Madagascar 2, and an untitled Brett Ratner project)

24. Adam Sandler (13 total... 4 Hits: Little Nicky, The Animal, The Hot Chick, Spanglish; 9 Blockbusters: The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, Mr. Deeds, Anger Management, 50 First Dates, The Longest Yard, Click, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry; NOTE: And he's got two more coming with You Don't Mess with the Zohan and Bedtime Stories)

25. Rob Schneider (13 total... 7 Hits: Demolition Man, The Beverly Hillbillies, Deuce Bigalow, The Animal, The Hot Chick, Around the World in 80 Days, The Benchwarmers; 6 Blockbusters: Home Alone 2, Judge Dredd, The Waterboy, Big Daddy, 50 First Dates, Little Man)

26. David Spade (4 total... 2 Hits: Racing Stripes, The Benchwarmers; 2 Blockbusters: The Rugrats Movie, The Emperor's New Groove)

27. Jay Mohr (4 total... 3 Hits: Small Soldiers, Pay it Forward, Are We There Yet?; 1 Blockbuster: Jerry Maguire)

28. Sarah Silverman (4 total... 2 Hits: Heartbreakers, Evolution; 2 Blockbusters: There's Something About Mary, The School of Rock)

29. Chris Elliott (7 total... 2 Hits: Groundhog Day, Snow Day; 5 Blockbusters: The Abyss, There's Something About Mary, Nutty Professor II, Scary Movie 2, Scary Movie 4)

30. Janeane Garofalo (3 Blockbusters: The Cable Guy, The Wild, Ratatouille)

31. Will Ferrell (13 total... 7 Hits: Austin Powers, Zoolander, Old School, Anchorman, Kicking & Screaming, Curious George, Stranger Than Fiction; 6 Blockbusters: Austin Powers 2, Elf, Starsky & Hutch, Bewitched, Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory; NOTE: And he's got two more coming with Semi-Pro and Step Brothers)

32. Molly Shannon (11 total... 3 Hits: Never Been Kissed, Serendipity, Marie Antoinette; 8 Blockbusters: Analyze This, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Shallow Hal, The Santa Claus 2, Scary Movie 4, Little Man, Talladega Nights, Evan Almighty)

33. David Koechner (9 total... 5 Hits: Wag the Dog, Austin Powers, Anchorman, Yours Mine & Ours, Snakes On a Plane; 4 Blockbusters: Dukes of Hazzard, 40-Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Barnyard; NOTE: And he's got two more coming with Semi-Pro and Step Brothers)

34. Tracy Morgan (4 total... 2 Hits: Head of State, Are We There Yet?; 2 Blockbusters: The Longest Yard, Little Man)

35. Jimmy Falon (3 total... 2 Hits: Taxi, Fever Pitch; 1 Blockbuster: Arthur & The Invisibles)

36. Tina Fey (1 Blockbuster: Mean Girls)

37. Amy Poehler (4 total... 1 Hit: Deuce Bigalow; 3 Blockbusters: Mean Girls, Blades of Glory, Shrek 3; NOTE: And she's got one more coming with Horton Hears a Who)

38. Bill Hader (3 Blockbusters: You Me & Dupree, Knocked Up, Superbad; NOTE: And he's got two more coming with Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder)

I hope to see Andy Samberg join his friends on this list soon.

The bottom line is that Saturday Night Live has always pumped out talent, and it continues to do so. The fact that Lorne is helping get Andy into movies is a testament to Andy's future in film. He and the Lonely Island need to get a script together to pitch. I'm sure they made Hot Rod funnier than it would have been, but they need to start with a solid script in order to get people interested in the movie. They have to be interested in the characters and the jokes. While the jokes in the trailers made us smile, they didn't make us laugh. And the characters weren't strong enough to interest us.

So try again, Andy! Good luck!!!

Also, here's a short list of SNL movies from:

Q: How many movies have featured characters that originally appeared on "SNL"?

A: 17: "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" (1979), "The Blues Brothers" (1980), "Gilda Live" (1980), "Wayne's World" (1992), "Mo' Money" (1992), "Bob Roberts" (1992), "Mr. Saturday Night" (1992), "Coneheads" (1993), "Wayne's World 2" (1993), "It's Pat" (1994), "Casper" (1995), "Stuart Saves His Family" (1995), "Blues Brothers 2000" (1998), "A Night at the Roxbury" (1998), "Office Space" (1999), "Superstar" (1999), and "The Ladies Man" (2000).

On a side note, Michael had this interesting tidbit to say in his article:

"In the goofy Hot Rod, a movie originally planned for Ferrell and who remains an executive producer, the gangly Samberg shows he has charisma, even in this one-note role, another one of those child-man characters that moviemakers pandering to America's youth find so endearing. Ferrell has been a master of this kind of role, in movies ranging from Elf to Blades of Glory, and has yet to wear out his welcome."


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