Will Ferrell

The Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues actor, who is featured in W’s 2014 Best Performances portfolio, opens up to W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg in his latest Screen Test.

Released on 1/6/2014

Credits

Starring: Will Ferrell
Editor: Lynn Hirschberg

Transcript

00:04
We shot a musical number
00:06
that just kindve as musicals do
00:08
just came out of no where in this telling of the story.
00:12
And we had so much movie that
00:17
despite it actually being performed very well
00:20
and shot very well we were happy with it
00:22
it wasn't one of our funnier things,
00:24
so it ended up not making the movie.
00:27
Adam and I wrote the song, Adam McKay
00:30
and it was called It's a great big world.
00:34
and it's about Ron and the news team
00:39
walking in to the news room of this
00:41
24 hour news station, seeing all these
00:43
television monitors and realizing
00:45
that it's a great big world out there.
00:49
But their articulation of it is pretty lame.
00:52
We danced everything and then
00:55
and they're meeting all these people
00:56
in the office place and
00:59
of different ethnicities and making friends with them.
01:02
And then they stumble across someone
01:03
and they're like wait a minute
01:04
what are you?
01:05
And he says I'm gay and then
01:06
we analyzed like what does that mean
01:09
and then we broke into another song
01:11
called Gay for a day.
01:12
If I were gay for a day,
01:15
there's nothing I wouldn't say
01:17
that's the gay way.
01:21
What made me laugh when I was in the fourth grade
01:24
I think one of my first memories of really laughing
01:28
hard at something even though I had no understanding
01:30
of the meaning of it was dadacroid doing
01:37
Fred Garvin a male prostitute.
01:40
The sketch is he's a very fastidious male prostitute
01:43
but he has all these, he's wearing a trusses
01:48
and bizarre things.
01:48
Throughout the sketch he would annouce to the camera
01:51
cause I'm Fred Garvin male prostitute.
01:54
And I don't even know if I knew
01:55
what a prostitute was.
01:57
I also had this Saturday night live record
01:59
the LP that I got from Columbia house records and tapes.
02:03
I would listen to Chevy Chase to his news
02:06
and they kept doing the bit general
02:10
general franko, Francisco franko is still dead.
02:15
I didn't know what that meant,
02:17
I just love the delivery it just sounded
02:19
like it was funny.
02:20
You know Bill Murray was the one who called me
02:21
and said you should do James Lipton.
02:25
I was working on the show and there
02:26
was a message at the page desk
02:28
Bill Murray is looking for you.
02:30
And I thought it was a prank.
02:33
So I call him like hello
02:35
he's like yeah, I'm like hey is this Bill?
02:38
It's Will Farrell, Oh hey how are ya?
02:41
Listen, you know that guy who does the
02:42
inside actor studio thing, you ever see that show?
02:45
And I go of course, you should do him.
02:48
God I haven't thought of that, yeah that would be
02:51
a good character.
02:53
And then okay thanks man, how's everything?
02:56
Click, he'd already moved on to the next topic.
02:58
What is there not to like?
03:03
She's, stunningly beautiful.
03:05
She's an amazing actress and
03:07
when I happen to just randomly
03:10
turn on Jimmy Fallon one night
03:13
she's there talking about how she loves
03:14
dumb American comedies.
03:17
This one that one and then especially
03:18
oh my god, step brothers!
03:20
I could watch them, Will Farrell,
03:22
I could watch him forever, oh my gosh oh my gosh.
03:26
And so I was, yeah very flattered.