Paramount Pictures releases the trailer for Zoolander 2.
On the Late Late Show, Ferrell sings the Star Trek theme after mentioning that he liked to begin his stand-up routine in the nerdiest way possible.
I would start my act by singing the theme to Star Trek from beginning to end.
Ferrell and McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, along with Miller’s Mosaic, receive the go ahead from Sony Pictures Animation to start a live-action/animation hybrid action-comedy based production of Manimal, the cult 1980s TV show about a man who fights crime using his ability to morph into animals. McKay:
I think it’s right down our alley, it’s what we do—it’s tongue-in-cheek and has an action component, but overall it’s a comedy. Like The Catcher In The Rye or The Sound And The Fury, Manimal has always been one of those elusive projects every producer dreams of taking to the silver screen,” said McKay. “I know the movie will be funny and entertaining, but will it be the first film to win a Pulitzer? We’ll just have to see.
Ferrell shows up unexpectedly to a Team USA fan event in Brazil, inspiring the crowd and pledging to “bite every German player,” if needed.
After settling their rivalry on Fallon, Ferrell and Smith challenge their next target: Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich. Ferrell says:
Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith.
He can settle that score now, too. There it is. The gauntlet is down.
The Chili Peppers drummer also recalls his first time meeting Ferrell at an afterparty for the film The Ladies Man.
Ferrell and Smith appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to put an end to their rivalry. The two wear matching outfits and speak as the other person in an interview with Fallon. Ferrell describes when he first heard of the “impostor”:
Yeah. I was jammin’. I was jammin’ with the Chili Peppers, with my guys. At our jamhouse. I’m like, ‘Flea, this is bull. I’m tired of not getting enough respect as Chad Smith.’ I’ll be honest, I’m a little high right now.
The two then engage in a drum-off (with Questlove acting as ghost drummer for Ferrell). The challenge was interrupted when Smith’s Red Hot Chili Peppers bandmates appeared for a rendition of (Don’t Fear) the Reaper.
Fallon, Will Ferrell and Michelle Obama perform in a Ew! skit in which Obama teaches Sara(Fallon) and Stacy(Ferrell) that being active and eating right isn’t ew.
McKay, Ferrell, and Henchy announce Gloria Sanchez Productions, a new female-focused movie and TV division that will help establish new female voices. Jessica Elbaum, a collaborator with the trio’s Gary Sanchez Productions, is the new division head. Ferrell and McKay say:
When Jessica came to us with this idea, we thought it was fantastic. She has worked with some of the great female voices in comedy and has proven herself as a gifted producer who has a keen eye for material.
After Ferrell’s similarities to the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith are mentioned in a Reddit AMA, Ferrell releases an Instagram video saying it’s
great to finally clear up the fact that I am Chad Smith.
Smith follows up with a video challenging the actor to a drum battle.
Manning is interviewed by Rod Burgundy (Ferrell).
You are one of the great quarterbacks…and yet you’ve done it all without a mustache. I’ll be honest with you, you look like a succulent baby lamb. Let’s face it all the great NFL quarterbacks have had mustaches…
Seacrest interviews Ferrell during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about bringing his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy to real news stations.
That might be the most satisfying because that’s an idea I had when the original Anchorman came out. But everyone thought it was crazy back then. But to actually read the news with the local news time while they tried to keep from laughing is a highlight of my career.
Seacrest interviews Ferrell during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about his film Anchorman 2.
It’s finally here, I have been promoting this since 2012. No, it’s been great. We’ve gotten to do a lot of left of center stuff. To get out and kind of do a lot of the stuff in character has been an absolute blast.
Ferrell presents the final two awards of the night for best comedy series and best drama series alongside his three sons: Magnus, Mattias, and Axel. The actor says he “couldn’t find child care”:
We had a soccer game, there was a neighbor’s birthday party, a nut allergy. I didn’t have time to do my hair! It doesn’t matter, it’s great to be here.
Ferrell releases a video endorsing Garcetti in the Los Angeles mayoral election, joining other celebrity supporters like Salma Hayek and Moby:
You probably are thinking who cares what some strikingly handsome actor thinks? But I’m not just an actor. I’m also a native Los Angeleno, a father of three, and a business owner. And I want a city that is vibrant and healthy for my three sons and my four illegitimate children to grow up in. That’s why I’m voting for Eric Garcetti.
Seacrest interviews Ferrell during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about his feelings on the Rob Pattinson & Kristen Stewart breakup.
Everyday is different, it’s a roller coaster of emotion. They’re talking and that’s good enough for me. That’s the best I can hope for right now. But I still hope they’ll get back together. My hope is that they wake up from this a couple years down the road and say, “Hey, let’s get the band back together.” So to speak and, “Let’s rekindle the magic. What we had was so special.” I don’t know, it’s tough to stay together in Hollywood.
Ferrell releases a video urging people to head to the polls in support of Barack Obama. The film appears on the official Obama for America YouTube channel.
Ferrell appears on Australian news program The Project to interview Prime Minister Gillard. The debate includes jokes about Gillard’s marital status and partner Tim Mathieson, as well as a question about the actor’s split ends:
I suffer from horrible split ends. Would you have any advice for me because this hair’s terrible? It’s like horse hair and I’m at my wits end.
Will, I can give you some very clear advice, and I’m sure Tim would endorse it. You need to get yourself to a hairdresser straight away; you need to spend buckets and buckets of money on in-salon treatments and you need to buy everything that they recommend for you to take home.
Ferrell and Fallon act in a skit were the two play seemingly friendly men who have a quarrel over whose pants are tighter.
Ferrell appears on Conan to officially announce that the sequel to the 2004 comedy film, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is in the works. In complete character as Ron Burgundy, the actor enters the stage playing jazz flute and proceeds to throw some insults at O’Brien before making the announcement.
As of oh-nine-hundred hours Mountain Time, Paramount Pictures and myself, Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy, have come to terms on a sequel for ‘Anchorman.’ It is official: There will be a sequel to ‘Anchorman’.
Ferrell accepts the 2011 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a ceremony at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Ferrell’s Bush impersonation is one of the highlights recognized at the show, including his Broadway performance in You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night with George W. Bush.
We hit it at the perfect time when people wanted some sort of comedy after the eight years we just went through.
Ferrell stars in this comedy drama film based on the short story Why Don’t You Dance? by Raymond Carver. He plays alcoholic salesman Nick Halsey who gets fired from his job of 16 years, loses his wife, and gets locked out of his house at the same time. With his bank accounts frozen and all of his possessions strewn about the front lawn, he tries to get to grips with his life as he sells his belongings one by one.
First of all, I just really thought it was one of the stronger scripts I had read in a long time. Dan Rush the writer and director had done such a remarkable job and I loved getting a chance to play a character like this, you know, a real piece of acting for me. I also love the unique premise of this movie, I felt like you know, to watch a guy be exposed to the entire world and live his life in front of everyone was something I hadn’t seen before.
McKay again teams with star Ferrell and co-writer Henchy for this action comedy, focused on uncouth NYPD officers Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). McKay explains how the idea to collaborate with Wahlberg came about:
We just came to him strictly as fans. He just made us laugh in a lot of movies that aren’t necessarily considered comedies but have tons of funny stuff in them — like Boogie Nights and The Departed and I Heart Huckabees especially. I just thought he was really funny in that. So we kept kind of saying, “God, that guy’s good every time I see him.” And then we did a bit at the Oscars where we did a song called Comedian at the Oscars, and it was Jack Black and Will and John C. Reilly. And they kind of sang out a line saying something like, “I’m gonna fight you Mark Wahlberg.” And then Will was like, “Not really. You really are a tough guy.”
The film is made on an estimated budget of $100 million and earns $35.5 million in its opening weekend.
Ferrell takes on the persona of Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson for a special appearance at a Round Rock Express Minor League Baseball game. Nolan Ryan’s son makes an announcement before the game:
The Round Rock Express have acquired Billy Ray “Rojo” Johnson. The right-handed pitcher will be in uniform for Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. CDT game against the Nashville Sounds. Johnson, who was born in East Texas but was raised in Venezuela, recently had his prison sentence commuted. He served time for running a smuggling ring that imported rare and illegal species of reptiles into the United States from South America during the mid-to-late 1990s. Thursday night’s game marks Johnson’s first in American professional baseball after a storied career in the Venezuelan leagues.
Ferrell makes one pitch and is ejected after it lands behind the Nashvill Sounds batter.
The result of Funny or Die’s partnership with HBO premieres with a cast featuring Kirkman, Ferrell, and Cheadle. Ferrell and McKay are among the executive producers, as well as former SNL head writer and site creative director Steele. Steele explains how he was wooed to join the new production:
We worked together there for five years. They were always trying to get me to come out to California. I felt like I had done everything I wanted to do at Saturday Night Live, and this was a strange and wonderful opportunity to be a part of the Internet and stay in television as well.
He thinks it’s hilarious – and so do his brothers – to walk up to anyone, male or female, and say, ‘You have a little penis’. He’ll get on a roll and say it over and over again.
Axel appears in the Sea World scene in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Ferrell acts as honorary captain for Chelsea at the Rose Bowl. He is seen wearing the same shirt he wore on The Daily Show.
Chelsea have just reached out to me a couple of times and, I can’t say that I only follow Chelsea, I try to keep an eye on all the teams in the Premiership and I love soccer in general. I’m a big sports fan as a whole, and was a sports journalist, a very, very good sports journalist.
Ferrell appears on a special episode of Man vs. Wild where he tackles the Arctic Circle with Bear Grylls. During the show, Ferrell descends a cliff in a “dead man’s anchor,” impersonates the host, and eats a reindeer’s eyeball.
I figured it would be pretty strenuous, pretty kind of intense. When you’re hanging from a ladder off a helicopter 600 feet in the air, that exceeds your expectation.
Ferrell is nominated for a Tony for “Best Special Theatrical Event”, competing against Liza’s at The Palace, Slava’s Snowshow, and Soul of Shaolin.
The first episode of the HBO comedy co-produced by McKay and Ferrell premieres. McBride stars as Kenny Powers, a former MLB pitcher forced to move back in with his brother in his hometown. The series receives a six-episode order from the cable channel.
McKay and Ferrell’s Broadway show You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night with George Bush opens in previews at the Cort Theatre on Bush’s last night in office. The show opens on February 1 and runs through March 15. The show is also broadcast on HBO on March 14. On the week ending February 15, the show breaks the theatre’s house record, taking in over $846,500.
McKay co-writes (with Ferrell) and directs this comedy about two middle-aged men who become roommates when their parents get married. Ferrell stars as Brennan Huff, while Reilly appears as Dale Doback. Ferrell explains his approach to his character:
Well, it’s not far from my current status. I just tried remembering back to those feelings when you felt awkward and shy in adolescence. One of those things about being an actor is that we don’t have to fully grow up in a way.
The film is made with an estimated budget of $65,000 and makes $30,940,732 in its opening weekend.
HBO purchases a stake in Funny or Die and commissions McKay, Ferrell, Henchy, and Judd Apatow to produce an initial series of 10 half-hour episodes. The cable channel looks for an experienced producer to join the project, which begins after talks between executives and Ferrell and McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. McKay says:
Our idea in going into Funny or Die was that it would be a kind of clubhouse for us and friends of ours who could come and try stuff that they couldn’t do as easily in movies or TV. And it was also about us getting to find new talent.
Ferrell stars in this sports comedy film directed by Kent Alterman. He plays a former singer named Jackie Moon who uses the money he earns from his only hit song Love Me Sexy to buy the Flint Tropics, an ABA team based in Flint, Michigan. Apart from owner, he also serves as the team’s coach, promoter, and starting forward. He hires former NBA bench-warmer Ed Monix, played by Woody Harrelson, to improve the struggling team’s performance. The film also stars André Benjamin, David Koechner, and Maura Tierney. On his basketball skills:
Probably, well, one of the best celebrity basketball players in the world. Even though I wasn’t invited to the Celebrity NBA All-Star game that happened last night or two nights ago. No, I’m okay, you know I played a lot in high school, I still play pick-up ball here and there, so that’s probably the sport I played the most, so to get to do a basketball comedy was like a dream come true.
Autograph magazine names Ferrell the worst celebrity autograph signer of 2007.
What’s so frustrating about Will Ferrell being the worst autograph signer this past year is that he used to be so nice to fans and collectors and a great signer.
McKay once again directs Ferrell and daughter Pearl in this short for Funny or Die. McKay also stars as a policeman alongside Henchy. Pearl appears as “The Confession Maker” as she interrogates Ferrell’s character.
Ferrell plays a competitive ice skater named Chazz Michael Michaels in this comedy film directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck. After getting banned from the World Winter Sports Games with fellow gold medal winner Jimmy MacElroy because of an unfortunate accident, they both descend into obscurity. An opportunity to compete again against their brother-and-sister nemesis arises, and they perform an extremely dangerous move to ensure victory. Jon Heder, Will Arnett, and Amy Poehler co-star. On his chemistry with Heder:
We met in the parking lot of Pickwick Ice Rink in Burbank. It was like, ‘Hey, nice to meet you.’ ‘Yeah, you too.’ ‘This should be fun, right?’ ‘It’s going to be hard, huh?’ ‘You don’t know how to skate, do you?’ ‘No.’ ‘I don’t either.’ ‘Okay, I’ll see you later.’ (Laughing) That was kind of it.
He doesn’t like it. He’s in denial about it. … I’m like, ‘You better live it up now, cause No. 2 is coming and it’s not going to be fun for you.’
Mattias appears in the Sea World scene of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
McKay’s second film as co-writer/director starts showing in theaters. Ferrell co-writes and stars as Ricky Bobby, a top-ranked NASCAR driver, while Reilly plays teammate Cal Naughton. McKay explains how Reilly adapted to the director’s unique style:
He is incredible, a revelation. We were amazed at how well he did with improvisation.
The film makes $47,042,215 in its opening weekend.
McKay releases an “alternate film” to Anchorman comprised of sub-plots and alternate takes dropped from the original release, starring Ferrell and Applegate in the same roles. In addition to Burgundy’s conflict with Corningstone, the film includes a plot about a group of thieves known as “The Alarm Clock”. The film is not rated.
I took her to an undisclosed location, blindfolded her, put her in the trunk of a car and said, ‘Do you want to marry me?’ She goes, ‘No.’ But then I pursued her doggedly for seven years, and then she finally said ‘yes’ – maybe because I wrote her over 10,000 letters while I was in prison.
In this pastiche of James Bond films directed by Jay Roach, Myers stars as Austin Powers and as his arch-villain, Dr. Evil. Myers also wrote the script for the film in about three weeks after spouting the hero’s trademark catchphrases to his wife. Myers says Roach encouraged the cast to go off-script: “About 30 to 40 percent is improv.”
Fellow SNL star Ferrell appears in a small role as Mustafa, Dr. Evil’s Moroccan (and resilient) henchman.
Ferrell makes his debut as an SNL repertory player after several guest star appearances. He hopes to help “rejuvenate” the show:
There are a lot of entertainment options on a Saturday night. I don’t think SNL was much of an option in the last two years. At least the people I hung out with didn’t watch it. Everyone said, ‘ “Saturday Night Live?” It’s bad.’ But it’s the type of show that always has the potential to regenerate itself and turn everything around.
Five other new rep players join the cast alongside four returnees.
After graduating, Ferrell’s mother urges him to take a stand-up comedy course at Irvine Community College. Ferrell is initially nervous and leaves the first class without doing anything, then skips the second class. On his third class, he finally performs his material.
There was dead silence. The next time I did it again. Suddenly everybody was laughing. I couldn’t figure it out. Finally someone said they couldn’t understand what I was saying before. I was so nervous and speaking so fast, I was, like, eating the mike.
Instructor Steve Klasky says:
I’ve seen a lot of talented people come through my course. But I never assume they’re going to reach success. Will had it right from the start. You could tell from his first routine. He was dynamic on stage. He had it comedically and, more than that, he was focused. He was my prize student.
Ferrell graduates from the University of Southern California with a degree in sports broadcasting. He is a member of the fraternity Delta Tau Delta. Ferrell says his time at the school prepared him for a life in comedy:
It’s not like you have a source or a confidante you can bounce ideas off of when it comes to comedy. You really just have to believe it. In a way, my time here at school was a stage.