Ryan Phillippe pushed the boundaries of his character in new comedy film 'MacGruber' because he didn't want the movie to be ''dismissed''.
Ryan Phillippe didn't want his movie role to be "dismissed".
The actor - who plays Lt. Dixon Piper in the new action comedy movie 'MacGruber' - admitted his alter-ego deliberately pushed the boundaries with his jokes because he didn't want it to be "dismissed".
He said: "We live in such a sceptical day and age where if you do come with something soft, it's going to get dismissed. We definitely went the opposite with it. The movie is more of a parody of 80s action movies. So like what Austin Powers was to the spy genre."
Ryan, 35, admitted the new picture - which is rife with gay jokes - was extreme, but this was what he intended.
He told Citypaper.net: "I've seen this movie eight times and out of all of the movies I've done, this is the one I can't wait for my friends to see most. It's a hard R movie so if you liked 'The Hangover' or 'Borat', it's kind of along those lines."
Ryan recently spoke about how he knew the film would be a hit when he took his best friend to see it and even he fell in love with the character.
He said: "I took my best gay friend with me to the screening and he loved it. The funny thing about MacGruber is that he's a deplorable human being - he's sexist, a little homophobic, a bit racist, and a bumbling idiot - but somehow, and it's a testament to how good of an actor Will Forte is, you still like him."