Adam McKay's Step Brothers turns ten years old this year, which means that it's time to look back on the legacy of the comedy classic. Many of the film's scenes have become memorable in the decade since it hit theaters, but in a recent chat with CinemaBlend, McKay revealed a cut sequence from the original script that he would've kept in retrospect. Specifically, it would've involved Robert (Richard Jenkins) and Nancy (Mary Steenburgen) taking Dale (John C. Reilly) and Brennan (Will Ferrell) to a series of mental health professionals. As McKay explained:
As the film stands now, it's never fully explained whether or not Dale and Brennan have something legitimately diagnosable that stunts their maturity. This cut scene would've established that Dale and Brennan were mentally and physically able to live normal adult lives, but they simply chose not to on the grounds of laziness and entitlement. Adam McKay obviously made sure to note that he still thinks the film works without those scenes, but he did concede that they would've offered a better "point of view" in hindsight. Of all the changes that could've been made to the movie (one of which included sending Dale and Brennan to Fallujah), this one makes plenty of sense.
All of this stemmed from Adam McKay's desire to tell a story about two men who encapsulate lazy "consumer culture." Elsewhere in his conversation with CinemaBlend, the Anchorman director addressed his core goal with Step Brothers and said:
On that note, it's still entirely possible that a version of this scene could eventually make its way into the Step Brothers world. Adam McKay and Will Ferrell have talked about doing a sequel for years, and we even recently reported on Ferrell's idea of sending Dale and Brennan to a retirement home to live with their parents in Step Brothers 2. Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen, but the basic description of the scene makes it seem like there's potential room for it in another movie.
CinemaBlend will bring you more exclusive content from our chat with Adam McKay in the days to come, so make sure to keep an eye out for all of our Step Brothers anniversary coverage. For now, head over to our 2018 movie premiere guide to see what other films the year has in store. As for McKay, you can check out his latest directorial effort when his Christian Bale-fronted Dick Cheney biopic, Backseat, debuts in December.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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