Funny man Will Ferrell is a love-him-or-hate-him kind of comedian, but let’s face it, most people love Will. His crazy antics on screen are such that one just cannot help but smile and laugh out loud at his over the top gestures, facial expressions, and energetic playfulness. In his own words, Will Ferrell says he likes to play the manly man.
“I love playing the macho guy who looks like an idiot.”
It doesn’t take much to recall any number of characters where Will Ferrell has played a macho, macho man, in his own mind, at least. One of the first characters that comes to mind is Chazz Michael Michaels in the hilarious film Blades of Glory. Will Ferrell plays the ultimate arrogant jock in this parody of the many ice skating competition movies that have been made over the years. Add Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder as Will Ferrell’s arch enemy turned partner, and the laughs are bold and uproarious.
In an interview with About Entertainment in 2007, Will Ferrell joked about the up close and personal skating scenes he and Heder had to endure.
“I had a restraining order against his crotch. We really didn’t talk about it, did we? That was a stunt crotch. I don’t think I touched his crotch.”
To which Jon Heder replied, “I think, all in all, it ended up being mostly effects.”
Who could forget one of Will Ferrell’s all time best macho guy roles as Ricky Bobby, the race car driver on Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby? In this movie,Will Ferrell had the arrogant man’s man persona down to perfection. Netflix Life said it best when they described the character of Ricky Bobby.
“Ferrell plays the title character of Ricky Bobby, an overconfident, undereducated NASCAR driver who becomes the top driver in the sport because he adopted the mantra instilled in him at a young age from his estranged father, ‘If you ain’t first, you’re last.'”
This is possibly the top movie where Ferrell played his favorite type of macho man character who looks like an idiot. Shake and bake, baby!
While Will Ferrell enjoys playing the arrogant, better-than-thou personalities, his own is much more humble. In an interview with the Guardian, Ferrell says he does not get bothered by movies that don’t do well with the critics.
“I have always taken the view that this whole thing has been a crap shoot from the beginning. I have been invited to this black tie party and no one has noticed I don’t own a tuxedo.Until that happens I am going to keep eating crackers and drinking champagne and having a good time. And hopefully no one ever taps me on the shoulder and asks me to leave.”
In his most recent movie, Daddy’s Home, which is showing in theaters now, Will Ferrel plays a nice guy, loving husband, and doting stepfather. But when his wife’s ex-husband (played by Mark Wahlberg) decides to come back around, Will’s character must turn his kindly ways into more of a macho, showing to impress his family. Reviews are lukewarm for the next Will Ferrell hit — Time magazine calls the film a “a humiliation comedy of the most cringe-inducing variety” — but the critics don’t always see eye to eye with the regular Joe movie goer. Will Ferrell fans will surely flock to the theaters in droves to see Daddy’s Home.
What is your opinion of Will Ferrell? Do you love him or hate him?
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