Will Ferrell Interview - The Other Guys
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What was the most fun part of playing NYPD?
Will Ferrell: "NYPD was getting to actually make citizen's arrests with my fake prop badge, pull people over, incarcerate them, and then say, 'I'm just kidding. I'm not really a police officer.'"
Does writing for a site like Funny or Die sort of help you in writing a longer feature film?
Will Ferrell: "You know, Funny or Die is a totally different thing. It's more of just an avenue to write shorter pieces obviously. I think it all helps everything you do, in a way, but it's still - writing a screenplay is still a totally different thing."
What was it like going with Mark Wahlberg?
Will Ferrell: "We just had the best time. I think Mark really appreciated working on a set like ours which is all about having fun and setting up a safe environment where you don't feel like you can fail. And vice versa - for us to have a guy who's known as such a committed actor come and want to actually be in one of our stupid movies was huge. It was great."
Did you ever throw him off his game?
Will Ferrell: "A couple of times. I got him a couple of times."
Did you guys perform all your own stunts?
Will Ferrell: "I performed all my own stunts, but my stunts consisted of running and going, 'Watch out!' He had to do all the hard stuff."
What about the desk pop?
Will Ferrell: "The desk pop I got to really shoot my own gun. Yes, yes."
What was it about this story that you wanted to make?
Will Ferrell: "It really was more about getting to work with Mark and kind of the cop genre was a thing that we felt would be a perfect fit for both of us, and be a funny fit because we're such different types that you wouldn't think you'd pair us together. And that kind of got the ball rolling."
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