‘Dodgeball 2’: Justin Long says Ben Stiller needs to ‘come on board’

“I hope he matters,” Long said of Stiller’s involvement.

Justin Long is willing to duck, dive, dodge, and dodge when it comes to convincing Ben Stiller to star in a “Dodgeball” sequel.

The “Barbarian” actor confirmed that former co-star Vince Vaughn is spearheading an idea for a sequel about the rivalry between Average Joe’s Gym and Globo Gym. However, after the flop of Zoolander 2, Stiller is reluctant to revisit the popular 2004 sports comedy.

“Of course I’d love to do it and I hope it happens in the end, but I think Ben [Stiller] is a bit … what he told me on that podcast was that he’s a bit scared of doing a sequel to something that’s so loved, something that people enjoy so much,” Long told ComicBook.com. “It’s very risky, you don’t want to shit on the original, you want something just as good. So I think he’s a little wary of recreating something that was very specific to that time, but I hope he’s coming to terms with it.”

Long continued, “Vince is a very persuasive person, so I just hope Vince can convince him with his idea. It’s a fun idea, I won’t say what it is. I know Ben loves “Dodgeball” and loves this character. I remember how much fun he had playing it. He always laughed.”

Long noted that a 2017 cast reunion for charity lit a spark in Stiller, too.

“When we got together years later to have a little mini-meeting for this charity and Ben put his mustache back on, I remember him talking about how happy playing White Goodman again made him, and how much fun that character,” Long concluded. “I know Vince has a great idea for this and it’s all about getting Ben on board.”

A possible Dodgeball sequel was in the works as early as 2013, with Silicon Valley writer Clay Tarver brought in to write the script. Original writer-director Rawson Marshall Thurber also discussed a possible spin-off of the series.

Stiller previously told Esquire that Zoolander 2, in part, propelled him to direct dramas like Escape from Dannemora and Severance.

“I might have been distracted by other bright, shiny objects, but instead it opened up a way for me to just do what I’ve wanted to do for years, which is just steer!” Stiller said. “To say I’m only going to work on this project that I want to work on because it takes a little bit of time to get these things up and running and if you don’t stick with it you won’t get there.”

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