With The Campaign on its way to a theater near you, I thought it was a good time to evaluate Will Ferrell’s hits and misses via his earlier supporting roles compared to his starring roles. It’s an Awesome Battle for the ages!
WILL FERRELL’S SUPPORTING ROLES
Such diversity… he’s like the Modern Lon Chaney, Jr… or Mod Chaney… or Lon Chaney, Jr. Jr.
Though in these parts he may have played second hat (which seemed to require weird hair… or a hat), no one can deny that Ferrell didn’t chew up his scenes, starting with Mustafa in the Austin Powers. When he wanted to oil up and wrestle in the otherwise horrible The Ladies Man, he brought moments of tolerableness. He not only took on Jesus in Superstar, but also Jay and Silent Bob as they struck back. His Mugatu must have been on crazy pills because he was the only one that could see the fool that Zoolander was. And who could forget his reintroduction streaking through the courtyard (or his ass) in Old School?
WILL FERRELL’S LEADING ROLES
All of them are capable of moments of “assholeness“… even Buddy in Elf
He can play it straight (Stranger Than Fiction), he can play it dry (Anchorman), or he can play it over the top (Elf)… but we still have to admit it: he plays it better when he has someone else to play off of (Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, The Other Guys). That might be why I have to give the Awesome Battle to his supporting roles. Or do I?
*THE WINNER* WILL FERRELL’S CAMEOS
You know every one of these characters if you’ve seen these films. If you don’t – you just haven’t seen them.
SIDENOTE: Sorry, but I have not seen Megamind, Everything Must Go, or Casa de mi Padre. Or any of his older more criticized flicks like Semi-Pro, Land of the Lost, Bewitched, Kicking and Screaming, or A Night at the Roxbury. I did see Blades of Glory; I regret that. I have no excuses for The Producers, Winter Passing, or Melinda and Melinda, or any of the smaller films. But that’s why none of them are included – I didn’t see them or they sucked so I didn’t see them or they sucked
This is a post that I might have written back in 2006 is I had a blog. Man, I’d be worth thousands if I had a blog back then…
I haven’t heard this song in quite a long time, and I knew so little about it, I always thought it was by Chicago. I also considered it a love song about a special “one-in-a-million” girl since I heard it originally back in 1983.
This is one of those dreams that I shouldn’t share because, quite frankly, it made no sense. So here we go! (With pictures! (And videos!))
I was a writer on Saturday Night Live.
And I was proud about a skit I wrote in which adults were trying to pass each other holding on the top pole of a swing set.
But then they ended up having Krazy Glue hard hats on and stayed in place.
I ran into President Obama at a shopping mall and told him the skit’s premise. He did not find it funny.
Oh yeah… did I mention it was Lingerie Day? All over the mall, women were only wearing lingerie.
And how could I forget to tell you it was coincidentally also Free Ice Cream Day?
But to get free ice cream, you needed a ticket from a sponsor. Every sponsor I checked in with ran out.
I decided I was going to eat ice cream anyway since there was so much leftover. As I moved in, a friend that was working gave me permission to pig out.
That’s when I shared my theory on food portions:
When free food is provided, you should take a fair portion first. Once everyone has gone through the line, you can take a second helping of a higher portion. This does not apply to pizza. More pizza can only be taken in the third round.
That’s about when I overheard a man tell his wife: “You told me not to think!”
My punchline: “She had to tell you not to do that?”
I’d like to think if he was still there, this was his response.
Then I awakened to this song playing on the radio:
As I mentioned in my last post, over some drunken conversation, the subject of dirty slang terms and phrases came uparose happened. And mind you – women were present and one provided this first term that was not on Urban Dictionary. I was happy to submit it, but I’m still awaiting their final approval. You can check for it maybe one day soon, but allow me to present:
Thumbercats Ho, indeed.
This second one is an idea I’ve kicked around for a while, so may it one day find infamy on the UD:
Nothing beats beers after being beaten at soccer (alliteration!)… except (thinking you’re) making up new dirty words.
This was going to be a Drunken Recollection of phrases that were thrown around, but most already existed on Urban Dictionary, and two did not. The ones presented here made me feel InASense, Lost… the other’s should appear in a Drunken Recollectionquite soon.
I’ve already brought this movie up quite recently, but I can’t get it out of my head (much like the Red Lectroid in Dr. Lizardo’s head!)… To break it down, Buckeroo Banzai is “a modern-day renaissance man, top neurosurgeon, particle physicist, race car driver, rock star and comic book hero” that starts a dimensional war when he successfully passes through a mountain. I really can’t tell you more than that. Well, I can also tell you that the ending credits scene is fantastic. But that’s truly enough!
Just as with Buckeroo Banzai above, this experiment in genre mixing was a flop. Director John Carpenter always wanted to film a martial arts flick, and this story about a trucker entering the mystical Chinatown underworld to rescue a kidnapped girl was it. Is it fantastic? Debatable. Is it wacky? A little China bit.
This might not seem to wacky at first glance, since it’s mostly a time-travel comedy. But when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it, protagonists Bill and Ted are supposed to write a song that will save the world, only if (!) they can pass their history class. Enter time machine phone booth (calling Dr. Who) and the rest is, as they say, history.
A third film is supposedly in the works in which Bill and Ted must deal with the fact that even after the last twenty years, they still haven’t written that song!