Happy Birthday Will Ferrell!
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Will Ferrell has graced our screens for nearly 30 years now, delivering comedy gold at every turn. Whether it’s as a crude anchorman, a lovable elf or a lego villain, Ferrell never fails to disappoint. In honour of the comedy star’s 51st birthday I have gone through his weird and wonderful back catalogue and put together a list of his top ten greatest roles. So let’s have count down some of the immensely varied yet hilarious characters he has played and celebrate the icon that is Will Ferrell. 10. The Campaign (2012) dir. Jay Roach Ferrell is on villainous form here as sleazy politician Cam Brady going up against Zack Galifinakis’ humble newcomer to the politics game, Marty Huggins. Their competitive antics throughout their film veer from snake bites to sex tapes and will keep you laughing all the way through. Ferrell is on fine form as the crude but cheesy politician in this satire of modern American politics. 9. Starsky & Hutch (2004) dir. Todd Phillips Whilst Ferrell is only a cameo in this remake of the hit 70s TV show, he never fails to make a lasting impression. Here he plays ‘Big Earl’, an imprisoned gang member sought out for information by cops Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Ferrell is actually uncredited in the film, despite producing what has to be one of the funniest scenes of the movie, in which Stiller and Wilson engage in sexual role-play, pretending to be dragons, in order to get information out of Ferrell’s character. It is only a small moment but still remains unforgettable. 8. The Lego Movie (2014) dir. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Ferrell returns to playing the bad guy here in 2014’s highly successful animated feature in which he plays the big bad Lord Businessman, the antagonist of the film. Ferrell manages to bring comedy to the role of the bad guy with quick wit and sharp delivery, making Lord Businessman a worthy comic adversary for Chris Pratt’s leading lego man Emmett. 7. Zoolander (2001) dir. Ben Stiller Again, Ferrell only plays a small part in this film, but it deserves a place on the list because of how iconic it is. Ferrell plays Mugatu, fashion designer come evil genius in Ben Stiller’s wacky satire on the modelling industry. The strange accent and even stranger costumes (complete with matching costumes for his dog) certainly make this role one of Ferrell’s more recognisable. How could anyone forget that platinum blonde perm? 6. Anchorman (2004) dir. Adam McKay
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