In the years following the film’s release, however, Team MacGruber started to realize the film had drawn a cult audience—particularly in 2012, when, according to Taccone, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon producer Michael Shoemaker advised him to watch Fallon interview Anne Hathaway during an appearance to promote The Dark Knight Rises. Hathaway explained that she had initially been intimidated by that film’s director, Christopher Nolan—until she realized that she could tell he was in a good mood when he started quoting MacGruber.
Taccone: I was like, “Holy shit. That’s incredible.” The closer to that story is that my wife [director Marielle Heller] and I were at our first DGA dinner. And she’s like, “Christopher Nolan is there. You’ve got to go say hi to him.” So I went up to him and I said, “My name is Jorma. I directed this movie called MacGruber.” I said, “We’re going to do a sequel eventually. What do you think of this: When the director card comes up it just says, “Directed by Christopher Nolan” with an asterisk, and then at the end of the movie there’s another asterisk that says who actually directed it.” And he said, “Let me talk to my wife about it.”