Magazine article Variety

The Legend of Will Ferrell

Magazine article Variety

The Legend of Will Ferrell

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Even after 40 movies, Will Ferrell still finds himself stunned that he's receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"I'm still waiting for the mayor of show business to show up and kick me out of the formal party because I'm wearing a leisure suit," he quips. "Comedians don't get a lot of awards, so this is really nice."

The star presentation comes with Ferrell's Warner Bros, comedy "Get Hard" opening March 27. He portrays a businessman convicted of a white collar crime who enlists Kevin H art's character to prep him for the rigors of prison. It's an edgier film than some of Ferrell's recent comedies, featuring racy jokes about his character preparing for the slammer.

He's s.lso become a powerhouse producer through Gary Sanchez Prods, with Adam McKay and Chris Henchy - not only on his own starring vehicles but also on such projects as "Tammy," "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" and the Funny or Die website.

"I have a mix of feelings about getting the star," he says. "I feel extremely fortunate to have accomplished this much. But there's still some frustration with it in that it doesn't matter how high up you are, it's hard to get things made and you're never not clawing."

Ferrell says acting is still front and center. "I weave in and out of producing with Adam and Chris, but I'm not the one who's flying down to Atlanta to trouble-shoot on the set," he adds.

He admits that he's come a long way from the days of doing stand-up in Los Angeles area clubs in the early 1990s such as the Ice House in Pasadena.

Among his more memorable bits was an observation noting that there were only two types of narrative music used on the original "Star TYek" TV series - one for when a cast member fell in love and the other for when the starship USS Enterprise was out of power as an enemy approached.

Ferrell decided to move into comedy improvisation and began taking classes. He was able to join the Groundlings improv troupe in Los Angeles in 1994.

He was cast on "Saturday Night Live" a year later.

"For me, it was such an achievement to make the main stage at the Groundlings," he notes. "And when I got on 'Saturday Night (Live),' I thought, 'If this is all I ever do, I've done what I want to do.' "

Ferrell's upcoming projects include "Tag," to which he is attached with Jack Black. Rob McKittrick was recently tapped to write the script.

Ferrell has often been able to combine his comedy with a good cause.

He recently managed a partnership between Funny or Die and Major League Baseball to support the fight against cancer. The day was filmed for an HBO special. (See story page 48.)

His latest, "Get Hard," received a mixed reaction at its SXSW preem, but it's unlikely to deter Ferrell. Co-star Hart told the aud to offer reviews on Twitter and if they didn't like the movie "what I want you to do is go in the middle of the street and kill yourself. …

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