The Legend Continues From Ferrell's Finest Moments
Will Ferrell has graced televisions sets and cinema screens for many years now. I’ve been a fan ever since his outing as Ron Burgundy in Anchorman and quite frankly it’s hard to imagine anyone that isn’t; after having seen Baxter being punted off a bridge, him in a glass cases of emotion and just generally staying classy.
Friends the time has come dust off your Orange Wednesday passes; today marks the release of this year’s most anticipated sequel, Anchorman 2.
In homage to the man that is Ron Burgundy here are his 5 greatest movies
The definitive Will Ferrell film is of course Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
One of the most quotable comedy films ever made (all together now… “I’m in a glass case of emotion!”). It is ridiculous, outlandish and completely over the top, but it works so well and is probably one of the few close to perfect scripts out there.
Also, I kind of feel like this is what newsrooms are like behind the scenes; there has definitely been a war in the alley between the BBC and Sky teams.
Anchorman was written by Ferrell and Adam McKay, and was pretty much his first super massive moment since his time as a player on SNL, and made him a cult hero; which is sort of the best way to start an international comedy career really. Listen up, Russell Brand.
The best Christmas film ever made, and don’t you forget it. Director Jon Favreau said on Twitter recently that there was no other actor considered for the role of Buddy the elf, only Will Ferrell.
What other actor could have played a man who, over 6 foot tall, believed he was one of Father Christmas’s elves on a growth spurt?
Christmas films all too often go overboard on the whole, we love each other, Christmas is a time for family clap trap, and Elf really does have those moments, but its hilarity vastly outweighs the lovey-doveyness, and Ferrell and Favreau manage to get the balance perfect.
3. Stranger Than Fiction
Oh, this is such an amazing film. It’s one of Will Ferrell’s very few comedy-dramas, and it is brilliant. He plays a time obsessed, lonely yet loveable tax man, Harold Crick, whose life is being written, and narrated, by Karen Eiffel (a writer suffering from writer’s block).
He was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance, and it’s a huge change from his previous over-the-top performances of Elf and Anchorman, and showed that he also has a lot of range as an actor, rather than someone who is very good at dressing up and shouting.
4. Wedding Crashers
Will Ferrell, king of cameos. There is not one film or TV show that isn’t improved by him just turning up two thirds of the way through, Starsky and Hutch, 30 Rock, and Wedding Crashers. He is in Wedding Crashers for all of 15 minutes, but what a 15 minutes it proves to be.
He is uncredited as “Chazz Reinhold”, the ultimate wedding crasher, but who still lives with his mother, and can be found mostly sitting in an armchair yelling for meatloaf.
It is a tricky thing to pull off, a cameo that makes the audience cheer when you arrive, but doesn’t distract from the rest of the film, and because his best cameos have been with friends of his, Ferrell’s does exactly that. Well done, friendship.
Now if this isn’t the best fashion film with an Avon mermaid (sorry, merman) then I don’t know what is. Ben Stiller and for one brief, wonderful second, Billy Zane, are the stars of this film, but it’s Will Ferrell’s crazed fashion designer “Jacobim Mugatu” who is the best character, and like Elf, only Will Ferrell could have played him.
His only true credit is having inventing the piano key neck-tie and he has the audacity to build a centre for ants. He is one of the best supporting comedy characters made in recent years, in a film which like Anchorman is satire dressed up to excess, and dripping in glitter.
Just like Anchorman features many members of the ‘Frat Pack’, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn. The Frat Pack have made amazing comedy films over the years, and Zoolander definitely takes the biscuit on this occasion.
So ladies and gentlemen, what have we learned from our jump into Will Ferrell’s finest hours?
Comedy comes in many different shapes, sizes and levels of volume, that you can have the greatest script in the world, but a poor actor can ruin it.
Fortunately for the directors and writers, Will Ferrell is anything but a poor actor and is frankly a God amongst men in comedy acting.
Stay classy readers
Lauren Floodgate (@laurenmary91)