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