Ted is back in “Ted 2“, and the potty-mouth has got more mischief up his, uhm, bear sleeve.
Directed by Seth MacFarlane, “Ted 2” is produced by MacFarlane, Scott Stuber, John Jacobs, and Jason Clark. MacFarlane directed it based on a screenplay written by Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild, and himself. After lending his voice in the first “Ted” film, MacFarlane returned to the sequel to reprise his voice-over role as Ted the talking bear.
The sequel is also executive produced by Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild.
The plot is as follows:
Ted the talking bear marries his human counterpart, Tami-Lynn (played by Jessica Barth). The newlywed couple are ready to have a baby but there is one problem – Ted needs to prove he’s a person. In order to qualify to be a parent, Ted returns to ask for help from his childhood friend a.k.a his owner, John Bennett (played by Mark Wahlberg) to help him in the court.
The movie is a follow-up to the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time and it features an impressive cast! Hence, it’s set to be better than the original. How much better, you ask? Let’s just say that “Ted 2” is not just a movie about a random filthy animal (read: bear).
Here are 7 little known facts about the film:
1. “Ted 2” is Mark Wahlberg’s first sequel in his career
In January 2013, on “Anderson Live:, lead actor Mark Wahlberg (who played John Bennett) confirmed that a “Ted 2” movie was in the works. Surprise, surprise, the movie would also mark the first sequel in his acting career. The benchmark could’ve been held by Mark Wahlberg’s return to robot war film “Transformer 5” but alas, that hasn’t happened as of yet so “Ted 2” it is!
2. Big award-winning Hollywood names in the cast of “Ted 2”
If you looked carefully at the cast, you’d realise that “Ted 2” took on 2 of the biggest names in Hollywood – Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman. Morgan Freeman will play an “iconic civil rights lawyer” who helps Ted out. The movie will mark Liam Neeson’s 4th collaboration with Morgan Freeman, the 1st being “Batman Begins” (2005), the 2nd being “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), and the 3rd being “The Lego Movie” (2014), although they share no scenes together.
3. Mila Kunis had to give up her role because she was pregnant
In the 1st “Ted” movie, Mila Kunis played Lori, John Bennett’s girlfriend. However, the actress had to pull out of the sequel as a certain baby Wyatt was on the way. She told E! Online, “A little thing called a pregnancy got in the way of me and production. But I wish them all the best, and I’m sure the movie will be hysterical.” Her character was then replaced by Amanda Seyfried’s new character, Samantha Leslie Jackson.
4. Stephen Collins was fired from “Ted 2” due his child molestation case
American actor, writer, director, and musician Stephen Collins (of “7th Heaven” fame) was cut from “Ted 2” after accusations of multiple counts of child molestation in a recording. He was supposed to have a small role but was reportedly fired from the sequel almost immediately after the alleged recording of his confession to his wife surfaced online on TMZ in October last year.
5. The great lengths to ensure that every single detail was in place
Seth MacFarlane, who produces “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” for National Geographic, asked host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to approve the shots of the night sky to make sure the stars looked right. That’s pretty impressive detail for a movie about a filthy stuffed bear, don’t you think?
6. All about the impressive star-studded ensemble of cameos
“Ted 2” will feature cameo appearances from “Baywatch star” David Hasselhoff aka The Hoff, Sam J Jones aka Flash Gordon, and American quarterback Tom Brady. More importantly, the movie will also feature both Nana Visitor and Michael Dorn, of “Star Trek” fame. Nana even shared a picture of herself on set via her Twitter account! Trekkies should be excited about the sight of 2 loved actors gracing big screens side by side once more.
7. Another sequel is already in the works as we speak
A “Ted 3” is reportedly already in the works! Sam J Jones told ComicBook.com that in addition to the upcoming “Ted 2” being on his plate, he’s supposedly already signed on for “Ted 3”. Yes, you heard the man right, there’s allegedly another Ted film in the works, even though the 2nd film hasn’t had the chance to drop in theaters nationwide. You best be prepared for it ;)
Watch the trailer here:
“Ted 2″ is slated for release on 26th June 2015. That’s today!