Will Ferrell Wants to Play Simon Cowell
Will Ferrell wants to play Simon Cowell in a movie of his life. The comedy filmmaker would “love” to portray the music mogul on big screen because he is convinced there are huge similarities between Simon and his fictional news reader character Ron Burgundy from the film Anchorman.
He said: “I would love to play Simon Cowell in a movie. It would be my dream role. Simon’s become a legend in five years. Nobody in the US knew who he was five years ago and now he is one of the most famous people on TV. “It wouldn’t be that hard for me to play him because I see a lot of Ron Burgundy in Simon Cowell.” In the 2004 box office hit, Will portrayed haphazard 70s newsreader Ron – who was known for his permanent tan, immaculately groomed hair and outrageous views.
The 42-year-old actor believes the similarities between the iconic character and Simon are uncanny. He explained to Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “Like Simon, Ron was the biggest thing on TV, loved himself and had that whole irresistible middle-aged man thing going on. I could play Simon, but to be honest Simon could play Ron. They are like long-lost twin brothers separated at birth. Simon Cowell and Ron Burgundy are pretty much the same role, apart from Simon being ruder.” The comic is also keen to be made over like the 50-year-old ‘X Factor’ and ‘American Idol’ judge.
Will Ferrell added: “It would be pretty fun getting into character as well. I would have to walk along the street and say, ‘Hey, you’re too fat to be a star,’ or go to a concert and shout out to the artist, ‘Never gonna happen.’ I could also probably get whoever is making the movie to pay for me to get Simon teeth done. How great would it be – to have a smile like that? It literally shines when he opens his mouth. I would become irresistible.”