Sunday, April 08, 2007

I stand corrected

I have waged an Anti-Will Ferrell campaign for a few years now. It's hard to put into words why I dislike him so, aside from the simple fact that I am not a fan of physical comedy, or of comedy which involves a middle-aged man running down a street in his underwear carrying a bucket of chicken (I did laugh the first time he ran around in his underwear...but not the subsequent billion times).

However, I need to be fair and let the world know that last night while I watched Stranger Than Fiction, I discovered a different side to Will Ferrell than I had ever seen before: the talented side. He really is a good actor. This might seem like a big 'duh' statement to anyone but me, but rest assured, I had never seen this side of him. When he was sitting on Maggie Gyllenhaal's couch and he played the guitar and sang, well, it was pretty much the most romantic thing I'd seen in a long time.

I don't expect Will Ferrell to give up his "running in his underwear" side...why would he, it's making him a millionaire. But I was pleased to see that there is more than just that angle to his work. So, I stand corrected: Will Ferrell is not a hack actor. He has talent, and I have more respect for him today than I did yesterday (which I'm sure will be very meaningful for him).


Jess said...

Since I'm carrying Will Ferrell's child I'm glad you've had a change of heart. True, you could see one of his movies and you've got the premise of his career, but there's too much hate in the world as it is, Kel. I have yet to see Stranger than much as I love Emma Thompson I can't believe I haven't seen it yet. I'll probably just bug you to explain the whole thing to me and then I won't have to see it!

Call me!

srah said...

Elf is also really cute. It is a comedy, so he isn't playing a straight role like in STF, but there's also no nudism. I kept expecting him to strip down at every minute, but I think he said he made it right after the birth of his son because he wanted his kids to actually be able to watch one of his movies.