Mike Judge stuck it to the man with Office Space. The working man's anthem let the cubicle grunts get revenge on their bosses. Now in his latest comedy Extract, he takes the boss's side. Jason Bateman plays the owner of an extract factory, full of slacker employees.

This represents Judge's own transition from working stiff to media mogul. "I had worked so many jobs, by the time I got into animation, I was pushing 30," Judge said. "I'd already had so many jobs and I was always the employee, never had anybody working for me. Suddenly, when Beavis and Butthead happened, I had 30 to 90 people working for me. I just became very sympathetic to my old bosses."

It's not so easy to motivate people when you're in charge. "'These people don't appreciate anything. They take advantage of me.' You try to be a nice boss and that doesn't work. So I thought it'd be fun, especially with someone like Jason Bateman playing this guy who just has to kind of babysit all these people. Anyway, that's how it came about."

Beavis and Butthead ran for five years, and his subsequent show King Of The Hill lasted over a decade. Maybe it's not so bad to be the boss. "We'd have our problems and then you'd work 'em out. It's just kind of the way it is. I worked in factory settings a couple times so I wanted to just do another workplace comedy looking at those characters."

Extract opens Friday.

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Story/Interview by Fred Topel

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