I have a love/hate relationship with Will Ferrell’s career choices (enough Ron Burgundy already!), but I’ve always really liked him out of character. He’s just always seemed like a nice guy. The Reddit AMA he participated in yesterday was a good balance between real person and wacky movie character, and the result was really entertaining and fun.
What makes it even cooler is that, as he explains in his introduction, Will did the AMA to promote the non-profit Cancer for College, in honor of World Cancer Day. The organization provides college scholarships for cancer survivors. Donations give you the chance to hang out with Will himself. If that’s not enough to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, I don’t know what is. So with that in mind, I present to you the eleven best answers to Will Ferrell’s Reddit AMA. Ten just wasn’t enough. The whole thing’s pretty great, though, so check it out.
1. On what he was doing to Jimmy Fallon in those hot tub SNL sketches:
I believe I was trying to touch him somewhere in the area.
Raise your hand if you just got flashbacks to Will’s hairy chest and Rachel Dratch holding back laughter. Ah, the good old days.
2. On what he hates most about Sweden, where his wife is from:
There’s a lot to hate about Sweden. Beautiful people, the high cheek bones, the fact that every person speaks better english than we do and the durability and great warranty plans on a brand new Volvo.
I would also add “affordable furniture that is impossible to put together,” but I won’t butt in on his informed and funny answer.
3. On whether he prefers Cheez-Its or Cheese Nips:
How dare you. Cheese Nips are racist.
edit: Sorry for my reaction. Cheese Nips was my stripper name and it brings back bad memories.
I now demand a short film starring Will Ferrell as a stripper named Cheese Nips.
4. On the syrup scene in Elf:
Thank you so much and tell your daughter: Yes, I actually ate syrup on spaghetti. Multiple takes, multiple times.
Elf is probably my favorite Will Ferrell role, so I’m very happy to learn he was so committed to accuracy.
5. On whether he could play Katniss since J.Law’s voice slowed down sounds like him:
I approached the producers of The Hunger Games franchise and asked them exactly about this. They said, “That’s a ridiculous proposal for you to think you could take over her role Katniss Everdeen. However, we are thinking about using you to re-voice her for future Hunger Games movies and you will definitely get to star in our Hunger Games McDonald’s campaign.”
If you’re wondering what this whole voice slowed down business is, enjoy this evidence. It’s quite uncanny.
6. When Snoop showed up and said he wants him to do cowbell on his album:
Of course! I’m absolutely game, Snoop. I’ve also got some beats that I want to run by you. I’m warning you now, they’re not good.
edit: In fact, I just talked myself out of it. I’m not going to show them to you.
Yeah, this happened, everybody.
7. On whether the testicles he rubbed on the drum kit in Step Brothers were his:
Those were not based on my testicles. However, Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis allowed his balls to be examined for the prosthetic balls to be made.
Side note: Those are, no joke, $10,000 worth of prosthetic balls that you see in that movie.
That’s some serious industry gossip right there, my friends.
8. On how often people quote Ron Burgundy to him:
Zero times. It has never happened. Sadly I’m still waiting for it to happen.
Guys, I think he’s kidding. Do you think he’s kidding?
9. On his what is love (baby don’t hurt me):
Love is a complicated thing to figure out. I don’t know if anyone ever will. I know this much: I love lamp.
Come on, you didn’t think he’d go the whole AMA without quoting Anchorman, did you?
10. On the craziest Hollywood party he he’s been to:
Craziest Hollywood party was probably at the house of Dave Coulier right at the height of the Full House madness. This would’ve been ’92. I was 2 years out of college.
Is anyone surprised by this? I’m not. I’m not surprised.
11. On his resemblance to Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith:
It has been acknowledged many times that myself and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, share a resemblance to each other. A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith.
Will even shared an Instagram video on his way out making the official announcement that he is, indeed, Chad Smith. I feel so lied to.