Will Ferrell and Adam McKay The Virginity Hit Interviews
You just put the word 'virgin' and everyone
Will Ferrell: "I'm good. How are you?"
I'm pretty good. You guys see so much talent coming through Funny or Die, how did you know this was going to work? This particular project and these particular guys?
Will Ferrell: "Well, we just had a feeling that this was kind of a unique kind of way to do a movie. And I don't know. I don't know if we necessarily knew 100% but..."
Will Ferrell: "Just hoped, yeah. That's all you can do."
It's about losing your virginity. Is this a topic that when you were younger and this was current for you, you would have starred in a movie like this?
Will Ferrell: "Well I had six films in production about...when I was younger. Yeah. I was 12 and had my VHS camera, about me trying to lose my virginity. No. This is very unique. I would not have predicted that I would be producing a movie like this when I was in high school."
Those VHS tapes ever going to appear on Funny or Die?
Will Ferrell: "If I could find them, yes. But I think I'm a terrible archivist. Is that a word? If I could find one, that would be a good idea."
Adam McKay: "Well fortunately we have a really good staff. Are you talking Zack [Pearlman] in this movie? We found Zack. We were openly looking for someone for this movie so we were looking through videos. We put a call out. We were looking at dozens of them and we saw Zack and immediately he had a personality and was comfortable, and had no problem being brutally honest. That checked all of our boxes."
That was really important.
Adam McKay: "That was the key, yeah."
How did you know that these guys could be directors of this?
Adam McKay: "They've done a couple of other movies. They did a movie called Mail Order Wife which is one of my all-time favorite movies. It's a little gem from about seven years ago, eight years ago that no one's ever seen but it's unbelievably great. Loved it. So after I saw that I was like, 'Oh my god, these guys are masters.' And you know everyone thinks of mockumentary, documentary, these guys are so far beyond that we were immediately excited when we heard this."
There's so many movies about losing your virginity so how do you make sure this one finds its on niche?
Adam McKay: "Well, you know, it's funny. We're selling the movie now and suddenly it's become a 'lose your virginity' movie. When we were doing it, we never thought of it as that. It was more about a group of teens who were friends kind of having adventures. But then you know you have to sell a movie and suddenly it becomes a losing your virginity movie. But I just tell people, 'If you think it's just that, you are missing the big picture.' It's such a cool, original, unique movie. It sorts of blends reality and documentary more than anything I've ever seen, because a lot of it is real. These guys really did live in a house together; they became good friends. There's footage in the movie from them hanging out. And it's artfully done. These guys are really amazing directors."
Would you do that, hang out in a house and be filmed when you're supposed to be off work?
Adam McKay: "No. Oh god no. No, no, no. Although I don't know...if I was 20 or 21 I would have. I'm 42 so no way. Yeah, yeah. I'd also be too boring. You would film me like watching boxing and eating nachos. It would not be a lot of fun."
One thing about the controversy about the billboards. I live in San Diego and there was actually a reporter down there who made it a big story, and then it seemed like it just dawned on them that it was a movie.
Adam McKay: "Oh, I love it. We're kind of shocked by the outrage over it. You can put billboards up showing someone's head exploding, you can put someone up with a machine gun covered in blood, but you just put the word 'virgin' and everyone freaks out. It's like our country is weird, man. It's weird."
Well it's like the whole R-rated thing. You can't say this and you can't show sex, but you can blow anyone up you want.
Adam McKay: "Anyone you want. You can kill 500 people in a movie and then the movie goes to Europe and they give R ratings for violence but not for sex."
We should be doing that.
Adam McKay: "Yeah, yeah, yeah."
How many people kill each other after watching a movie about sex?
Adam McKay: "Exactly. I know. It's America. It's 2010 - it's America."
When is The Other Guys sequel coming?
Adam McKay: "I know. We actually kicked around the idea of a sequel. I like to kind of sit on these comedies. You like to give them like 10 months to see how they really play. Because box office opening is one thing but when it goes to cable and DVD, that's when you really know if a movie's got legs or not. And all of our movies have sort of found their legs at that moment. But I do think we have a good one here. I think that partnership is fun to watch, [Mark] Wahlberg and Ferrell. We'll see. Fingers crossed."
It's one of the only movies I saw this year where I wanted to see the leads partnered together again.
Adam McKay: "We felt that way making it. We're like, 'Oh, I could do this again. This was a blast.' And I think we could even get even better at it in the next one, you know? You sort of learn, so we'll see. We'll see."
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