Will Ferrell, as we all know, isn’t the type to mess around. His “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” premiered last week, and he’s sticking with it for at least two more years.
But when was the last time the stand-up comic had to turn down something lucrative because it interfered with his plans? (As they say, you have to be careful what you wish for.)
In a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Ferrell confirmed that he turned down an offer to star in a sequel to “Elf,” a hugely successful 2004 release that starred Will Ferrell as the title character, a substitute Santa Claus who made an appearance at a North Pole orphanage.
Ferrell starred in the first film as Buddy the elf who, while on the run from Santa, ends up living in a Brooklyn apartment and befriends a child (played by the real-life Ferrell’s real-life son Jack). It was one of the biggest hits of Ferrell’s career.
The sequel was initially stalled by “Elf” director Jon Favreau, who also helmed the first movie. Ferrell said that Favreau and the film’s producers wanted the actor to co-star in the sequel, even though Ferrell was committed to “Anchorman 2.”
“I said, ‘You know what? If you guys write me a great story and I’m into it, I’ll do it,’” Ferrell said. “But it was like, ‘Eh, we’re not going to do that’ — they didn’t do that. And they still won’t.”
Ferrell also went on to say that after the 2007 film “Step Brothers,” he turned down the chance to do a sequel. And if it were up to him, no one would ever see another “Anchorman” movie either.
“It’s just — you know what the rule is, right?” Ferrell said. “If it’s good enough, don’t screw it up. And if it’s not, you know, don’t make it. Just make sure that the next time is better than the last time, and we’ll see.”