A Character Study: The 5 Best Will Ferrell Characters
Love him or hate him (or, perhaps, just think he’s a little overrated), there’s no denying Will Ferrell’s box office presence. Whether he’s starring as an arrogant news anchor, playing an eccentric race car driver, or voicing an alien mastermind, Ferrell’s movies are almost always worth checking out.
That undoubtedly went through the heads of the producers involved in this weekend’s release of Get Hard. I’m certainly not over-the-moon in terms of excitement but teaming up Ferrell with Kevin Hart seems like a good idea.
In anticipation for its release, I’ve counted down my five favorite Will Ferrell characters below. It’s worth noting I tried to diversify the types of characters.
Though Ferrell has a wide range of different characters, he’s kept himself away from animated movies for the most part. I hadn’t seen Megamind until recently and did think his character there was worth noting. However, I still think last year’s The LEGO Movie best exemplified Ferrell’s comedic chops. It helps that his live-action version made it into the movie, too, and I really enjoyed what he brought to the character’s villainous ways.
Okay, so Semi-Pro isn’t the most well-revered film, I get that. However, if we’re talking strictly about characters, Jackie Moon has to be the best part of the movie, right? Ferrell was perfect for the role and brought a little bit of a different personality to Moon’s character. It’s easy to say Ferrell takes the same types of roles, but I’d argue Jackie Moon is just a shade different than some of the more boisterous (read: annoying to some) characters.
Ferrell’s more classic personality most likely started way back in 2001 when he co-starred in the film Zoolander. I was surprised when wading through his filmography to discover Ferrell hasn’t really played many villains. I highlighted his character in The LEGO Movie, but his turn as Mugatu is even more notable. Personally, I can’t imagine Ferrell’s popularity had he not been featured in Zoolander, thus making me appreciate it that much more.
As I compiled this list, I quickly realized I’d like to highlight different types of characters. I’ve already mentioned his more classic persona – the loud, off putting one – but I think Ferrell has more range than we like to give him credit for. This is definitely shown in movies like Stranger Than Fiction and Everything Must Go. When trying to find a character that was truly different than the rest but still kept me laughing, Buddy the Elf instantly came to mind. Jon Favreau’s (Iron Man) Elf is one of the only Christmas movies worth watching out-of-season and it’s Buddy we have to thank for that.
Ron Burgundy has to top any Will Ferrell character list. It’s no surprise he’s here and it’s almost too obvious to explain. When I was carefully placing the different characters, I tried to come back to whether or not I could see another actor in the role. Some of the ones of this list, I’ll admit, could be executed by a number of comedians. However, Ron Burgundy (and, in a close second, Buddy the Elf) simply couldn’t exist without Ferrell. Burgundy is that iconic and, really, for good reason. Anchorman and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues simply wouldn’t be the same without its ridiculous lead.
There were plenty of others that came to mind, but I ultimately went with those five. Sound off with your thoughts below!
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