Will Ferrell

February 4, 2014

Hello! It's Will Ferrell. Let's keep it classy. AMA.

People of the Interwebs, I've decided to do my FIRST-EVER AMA on behalf of my favorite non-profit, Cancer For College. I could have done my FIRST-EVER AMA for lots and lots and lots of things. Movies! My book! My sunscreen! My range of crocodile purses!

But, this World Cancer Day, I wanted to support Cancer for College, which helps provide college scholarships to cancer survivors.

If you want to join me, your support of this important cause could win you THE prize of century – no, not a trip to the Catalina Wine Mixer, but a chance to race golf carts with yours truly, eat a sensible lunch side by side, and maybe make sock puppets. GO HERE: www.prizeo.com/will

Donations also guarantee you fun things like signed cowbells and my "Super Sexy Hot Tan" sunscreen.

AMA !!

Proof: https://upload.facebook.com/WillFerrell/photos/a.447818410438.231960.27111825438/10152274687410439/?type=1&stream_ref=10

Edit: Thanks again! Yes, I am Chad Smith. http://instagram.com/p/kAc3-7wBNh/

Were the testicles you rubbed on the drum kit in step-brothers based on your real ones?

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.

Step Brothers 2, will it happen?

Will it happen? Or won't it happen?

Is there any movie role, outside of comedy, that you wish you could have landed?

Yes. It was down to me or Tobey Maguire for Spider-Man and they harshly told me I was too fat for the suit. That having been said, every time I watch Spider-Man I still think I was the better actor for the role.

Is it weird to you that Elf might be the most important movie in my life?

No, it's not weird at all. It's normal.

then is it weird that Mugatu is my mortal hero and idol in life?

That one is weird.

Did Pearl ever follow through on her threats to evict you?

Yes, she absolutely did. I lived in an abandoned bus for 6 months behind a casino in the City of Commerce. She's a hateful person.

Hey Will, is there any way we could get more cowbell?

Yes there is! If you donate $400 to Cancer for College at www.prizeo.com/will you will get a signed cow bell...Signed by me, Will Ferrell.

Given the fact that Jennifer Lawrence's voice sounds a lot like yours when slowed down, can you take over the Hunger Games franchise? That, and maybe all her future roles?

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."

Hey Will, huge fan. Thanks.

You're right, I can see how big a fan you are. I think you are, without a doubt, the biggest fan I've ever seen.

Favorite place to eat in San Diego?

My favorite place to eat, but more importantly drink, in San Diego is the Blind Lady Ale House in gorgeous Normal Heights.

My number 2 place to eat in San Diego is the Cinnabon at the airport.

Favorite sandwich please.

Underwood deviled ham in a pita pocket.

Is alien pipe smoking a thing and how do I join?

Yes, clearly it's a thing. I posted a picture with me holding a pipe smoking alien.

Second answer to your question: Go to your favorite pipe store, buy a couple of reasonably priced pipes (nothing too fancy) and then drive into the desert and look for aliens. It's actually pretty easy. Don't over think it.

[No question]

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.

Just wanted to say thank you for the AMA, and the amazing scholarship you are creating. A close friend of mine was just diagnosed with severe carcinomas and is only a sophomore in college. You're awesome for all that you do, so thank you!

Thank you for your kind words! Please give my love and support to your friend in his fight against this horrible disease. If your friend is looking for extra support with his college education, please visit http://cancerforcollege.org They'll do everything they can to help.

What type of vitamins do you take?

I take a multivitamin, vitamin C, flaxseed oil (not really a vitamin), fish oils with omega 3 (not really a vitamin) and vitamin b12. Which reminds me, I ran out of vitamin b12. I have to get some more vitamin b12.

Are you a wizard?

No, unfortunately I'm not. I have attempted to be a wizard on several occasions. I studied for about a year and a half at Ansontolliver's Wizard School...it wasn't a full year and a half. At the conclusion of which, Anson pulled me aside and said, "I don't want you to waste any more of your money with me. I think it's best for me to let you know you don't have what it takes to be a wizard." And for however sad I was on that day, I respect Anson so much for giving me the straight talk.

So far as animal print is concerned, which do you feel is superior: Gator or cat?

Do you mean like a tapestry? Or an animal print on a t-shirt?

I was thinking shoes, but tapestries are nice. Let's go with tapestries.

I guess I would go with cat, even though if I could choose separately anyone that I know loves a good zebra skin pattern.

What life advice do you have for us redditors?

Absolutely nothing, you guys seem to be doing great and seem to have a real good handle on things.

What the fuck were you doing to Jimmy Fallon in those hot tub sketches?

I believe I was trying to touch him somewhere in the area.

Hey Will Thanks for doing this AMA

I love SNL, and was just wondering, what was your favorite skit that you were a part of? Also who was your favorite cast member to work with?

I will say that off the top of my head, the two favorite sketches that I was a part of had to have been the Harry Caray space show with Jeff Goldblum and, of course the cowbell sketch with Christopher Walken.

My favorite cast member to work with was Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Cheez-its or Cheese Nips?

Please. We need to know.

How dare you. Cheese Nips are racist.

edit: Sorry for my reaction. Cheese Nips was my stripper name and it brings back bad memories.

What was the craziest hollywood party you've ever 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.

How often do people come up to you with Ron Burgundy quotes, or any other movie quotes?

Zero times. It has never happened. Sadly I'm still waiting for it to happen.

What's your favorite color?

My favorite color is blue.

Scale of 1-10 how much fun did you have doing anchorman 2? Especially during the blind part.

On a scale of 1-10 I would have to give it a perfect 10. Playing blind was particularly fun, especially the fact that Ron is the most petulant blind person you'll ever come across.


Thank you so much and tell your daughter: Yes, I actually ate syrup on spaghetti. Multiple takes, multiple times.

I love you. This is sure to get buried since your AMA escalated so quickly, but I need a name for my rock'n'roll band so here goes: Please name my band, whatever you decide, it will mean stardom and fame in the very near future. Plus when people comment, I'll be able to say: "Yeah, Will Ferrell came up with that. For me. Personally."

I will be waiting, restlessly, for your reply

Edit: Give me two months and "Jag Kor Bil" will be playing at every major music festival in the world. If I was a photoshop wiz I would have a logo up and running by now. Thank you Mr. Ferrell, you are my hero.

Edit 2: Logo by /u/just_a_fool_here and Logo by /u/vleesbanaan. Not exactly what I had in mind, but nice thought!

Edit 3: Album art by /r/uThusSpokeDrew. Edit 4: posted wrong link for artwork, woops.

Thank you so much for this opportunity. I have always had a name for a band in my head that I've never been able to give to anyone. So I will give it to your band. The name of your band is...Jag Kor Bil. The first word is pronounced "ya" (the g is silent), the next word is pronounced "shore" and the final word is pronounced like it's spelled. And it means, "I drive car."

Will Ferrell, what is love?

Love is a complicated thing to figure out. I don't know if anyone ever will. I know this much: I love lamp.

Who did come up with that hypnotizing headshake in A Night at the Roxbury?

I don't know exactly. I think it was Chris Kattan and myself just acting stupid in my apartment when we wrote that sketch for the Groundlings show that we were in at the time. It's also what happens when the beat of any Haddaway song hits your ear.

Hi Will, thanks for doing this AMA!

My Swedish friends bring up the fact that your wife is Swedish every time we watch one of your movies. What do you hate most about Sweden?

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.

[No question]

I just want everyone to know I'm currently #1 on the Reddit homepage which is amazing, thank you! However, I'm a little bit disappointed because I was led to believe this was for Red Book magazine. Does that magazine even exist anymore?

Sorry your AMA got beat out by 9 Valentines day bra and panties sets.

Typical Red Book.

How did you get involved with Cancer for College?

No idea. But I'm pretty sure it's explained here: http://www.prizeo.com/will

So how cool/weird is it that you're now a Lego minifigure?

It is fantastic to have my own Lego of President Business/Lord Business. Now my children actually will talk to me. Prior to this moment, they really wanted nothing to do with me. And that's not a joke.

hi will love your work especially anchorman and stepbrothers, i was wondering How much time did your juggling scene in the us office take to learn ?

I can't remember specifically how long it took, it was just something we probably shot, due to the nature of the show and how fast it moves, 3 or 4 times and then that was it. But I do appreciate that you are a fan of fake juggling.

Will what can us loyal fans expect from you next?? Can you give us a hint as to a project you may be working on right now??

I can give you more than a hint. I can just flat out tell you. I will be starting a movie in March with Kevin Hart in which he helps me get ready to go to prison.

Have you ever played Dungeons and Dragons? What were your feelings on it?

I remember playing a couple times as a kid with my brother. I came a little late to the Dungeons and Dragons scene. We quickly lost interest because we kept losing all the 20 sided dice.

Was Derek zoolander's magnum look as beautiful in real life as it was on the big screen?

Unfortunately it was a closed set. At that point in time, the look was considered too powerful to be around so only essential crew and safety people were allowed on set. So...I could only imagine what it was like in person.

Will, I would like to thank you for everything you do for cancer survivors. I was awarded a scholarship from Cancer for College last year. That scholarship helped me continue my dream of becoming a physician. Yesterday, I was accepted into medical school!! Please, continue making people laugh and your commitment to helping those with cancer. Peace.

Thanks for letting us know, that's amazing news! That's why we do this. Please continue to check in with us so we can follow your career and success.

Dear Mr Ferrell, my younger brother just wants your opinion on his kitten shirt.


Let me start by saying the kitten shirt is great. But more importantly, that's how you're supposed to pose in a kitten shirt. Your brother nailed it.

I heard a rumor that you were kicked out of your fraternity at USC for flooding the basement and making the pledges dress like pirates. Can you elaborate?

This question has come up numerous times and I almost should just lie and say that it's all true. But no, none of that happened. I'm sorry.

Ahh damn, I forgot about the AMA...going to get buried at the bottom of the pile :( but just incase... how effective is sex panther on women?

Not that effective. And a word to the wise, do not try to sneak Sex Panther by TSA officials. They don't appreciate it.

Have you seen "Troll 2" and if so, favorite character?

No, I haven't. I need to. Is that playing anywhere soon?


Just worked up a major sweat watching Cops. Did you catch today's rerun?

Yes I did and I am drenched in sweat as well. In fact, what is it about watching Cops that gets you so sweaty? I'm glad I'm not the only one. I mean, I don't know about you but I feel like I'm a part of every episode.

Do you and John C. Reilly do activities together in real life?

Yes. Often times we build model sailing ships and go to the park and sail them. We also like to hunt cats with bb guns, which I know is not a craft.

Who has the best butt in the industry?

Well, according to Top Industry Butts Magazine we all know Bill Gates has held the top spot for 3 years running.

What is something no one knows about the great and funny Will Ferrell??

That I am "left-handed" ...however, I do all sports right-handed. So when people find that out, they're like, "Hey, whaaat?"

ayy Will, imma need some more cowbell on tha next album, u game?

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.

boats n hoes part 2 uhearme !! we may need 2 climb some trees first

I got a lot of trees at my house. Eucalyptus, pine and california oak.

Can I be a part of this song. I can play the recorder

Yes. We do need one recorder on the track.

Yayy! Buried question time. How was your visit to Milford, CT? I found out a day late and was upset about missing a Ron sighting.

Ron had a great time. He's now looking for property in Milford. If you know anything, he's looking for a two bedroom condo with a brick chimney. I don't know what he means by that.

Does Mark Wahlberg smell nice?

Yes, it goes without saying. His scent is a pleasing combination of vanilla and leather.

[No question]

Thanks everyone, unfortunately I have to go. Thanks for all the great questions and comments and submitted photos of cat print t-shirts.

We're almost at our goal of $100,000 donations to Cancer for College! Please be generous this World Cancer Day, it will help a lot of cancer survivors realize their dream of a college education. Donate here: http://www.prizeo.com/will

Stay classy, Reddit.

Also, I'm trying to build a time machine and I'm almost there. If anyone knows the final steps, please find a way to reach me.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Will Ferrell conducted on Reddit on 2014-02-04. The Reddit AMA can be found here.