History YMMV / WillFerrell

23rd Jul '17 3:21:38 PM NWolfman
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* BrokenBase: The man himself is divisive, but there's also some debate over whether or not he should ad lib. He's generally agreed to be a good performer when he commits to a script and character, but is very hit-or-miss when allowed to [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny "go off"]], even though it usually makes for some of his more memorable lines.

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* BrokenBase: The man himself is divisive, but there's also some Disregarding his overall reputation, those who like him often debate over whether or not he should ad lib. He's generally agreed to be a good performer when he commits to a script and character, but is very hit-or-miss when being allowed to [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny allowed to "go off"]], even though it usually makes for some of his more off"]] will either give us [[CrowningMomentOfFunny the most memorable lines.lines]] or just be unwatchable awkward.
16th Dec '16 4:23:17 PM NWolfman
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* BrokenBase: His movies can go into LoveItOrHateIt territory, which seems to mainly be due to their IdiotHero protagonists and divisive humor.

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* BrokenBase: His movies can go into LoveItOrHateIt territory, which seems The man himself is divisive, but there's also some debate over whether or not he should ad lib. He's generally agreed to mainly be due a good performer when he commits to their IdiotHero protagonists a script and divisive humor.character, but is very hit-or-miss when allowed to [[HarpoDoesSomethingFunny "go off"]], even though it usually makes for some of his more memorable lines.


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* LoveItOrHateIt: His comedy and acting style are an acquired taste. His IdiotHero and/or UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist characters are either charming or obnoxious, and there's not much wiggle room.
16th Dec '16 4:17:40 PM NWolfman
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Started out as this in ''Film/AustinPowers'' and ''Film/{{Zoolander}}''.
* HilariousInHindsight: After playing a character named Marshall Willenholly in honor of ''Film/LandOfTheLost'', Will secures the role of Dr Marshall himself in the remake.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Started out Many of his early roles were as this "that guy who was in that thing," playing memorable side characters in ''Film/AustinPowers'' and ''Film/{{Zoolander}}''.
* HilariousInHindsight: After playing a In ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack,'' his character was named Marshall Willenholly in honor of ''Film/LandOfTheLost'', Will secures the role of Dr ''Film/LandOfTheLost''. He's later play Marshall himself in the remake.show's film adaptation.
25th Nov '16 11:10:27 AM nombretomado
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Started out as this in ''AustinPowers'' and ''{{Zoolander}}''.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Started out as this in ''AustinPowers'' ''Film/AustinPowers'' and ''{{Zoolander}}''.''Film/{{Zoolander}}''.
18th Oct '16 1:36:38 AM WolfThunder
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* PlayingAgainstType: In ''StrangerThanFiction'', ''Elf'', ''Megamind'', and ''DaddysHome''. Also playing the ever-frustrated straightman Alex Trebek in the SNL ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' skits.
* StarMakingRole: ''Anchorman''. A great argument can be put of for Elf too which pre-dates ''Anchorman'' by a year.
%%* There's a number of comedy movies over the years where the production staff wanted a different actor for a specific role, but hired him instead. Some examples include:
%%** When the ''Bewitched'' remake was in production, Jim Carrey was being groomed for the Darrin Stephens-esque part (for a resemblance to Dick York), however, because he was unavailable to accept the role, it went to Ferrell instead.
%%** Similar case with the remake of ''Land of the Lost'' - Sid & Marty Krofft wanted Carrey for the role of Ranger Rick Marshall, however, he, once again, was unavailable at the time of production, so the Kroffts settled on Ferrell instead.
%%** Deja vu with ''Elf''; again, Carrey was among different actors who the producers wanted to play the title character of Buddy the Elf, and again, he was unavailable. In a mock-casting call to poke fun at the troubles finding another actor, one person attending the audition, who was fed up with the script supervisor's nitpicking, storms out with, "Why don't you get somebody like Will Ferrell to do this?!"

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* PlayingAgainstType: In ''StrangerThanFiction'', ''Elf'', ''Megamind'', and ''DaddysHome''. Also playing the ever-frustrated straightman Alex Trebek in the SNL ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' skits.
* StarMakingRole: ''Anchorman''. A great argument can be put of for Elf too which pre-dates ''Anchorman'' by a year.
%%* There's a number of comedy movies over the years where the production staff wanted a different actor for a specific role, but hired him instead. Some examples include:
%%** When the ''Bewitched'' remake was in production, Jim Carrey was being groomed for the Darrin Stephens-esque part (for a resemblance to Dick York), however, because he was unavailable to accept the role, it went to Ferrell instead.
%%** Similar case with the remake of ''Land of the Lost'' - Sid & Marty Krofft wanted Carrey for the role of Ranger Rick Marshall, however, he, once again, was unavailable at the time of production, so the Kroffts settled on Ferrell instead.
%%** Deja vu with ''Elf''; again, Carrey was among different actors who the producers wanted to play the title character of Buddy the Elf, and again, he was unavailable. In a mock-casting call to poke fun at the troubles finding another actor, one person attending the audition, who was fed up with the script supervisor's nitpicking, storms out with, "Why don't you get somebody like Will Ferrell to do this?!"
25th Mar '16 7:19:23 PM Tidal_Wave_17
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25th Mar '16 7:19:22 PM Tidal_Wave_17
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* PlayingAgainstType: In ''StrangerThanFiction'', ''Elf'' and ''Megamind''. Also playing the ever-frustrated straightman Alex Trebek in the SNL ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' skits.

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* PlayingAgainstType: In ''StrangerThanFiction'', ''Elf'' ''Elf'', ''Megamind'', and ''Megamind''.''DaddysHome''. Also playing the ever-frustrated straightman Alex Trebek in the SNL ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' skits.
18th Feb '16 7:22:46 PM followerofcake
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* PlayingAgainstType: In ''StrangerThanFiction'', ''Elf'' and ''Megamind''. Also playing the ever-frustrated straightman Alex Trebek in the SNL ''Celebrity Jeopardy!'' skits.
* StarMakingRole: ''Anchorman''. A great argument can be put of for Elf too which pre-dates ''Anchorman'' by a year.



** When the ''Bewitched'' remake was in production, Jim Carrey was being groomed for the Darrin Stephens-esque part (for a resemblance to Dick York), however, because he was unavailable to accept the role, it went to Ferrell instead.
** Similar case with the remake of ''Land of the Lost'' - Sid & Marty Krofft wanted Carrey for the role of Ranger Rick Marshall, however, he, once again, was unavailable at the time of production, so the Kroffts settled on Ferrell instead.
** Deja vu with ''Elf''; again, Carrey was among different actors who the producers wanted to play the title character of Buddy the Elf, and again, he was unavailable. In a mock-casting call to poke fun at the troubles finding another actor, one person attending the audition, who was fed up with the script supervisor's nitpicking, storms out with, "Why don't you get somebody like Will Ferrell to do this?!"

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** %%** When the ''Bewitched'' remake was in production, Jim Carrey was being groomed for the Darrin Stephens-esque part (for a resemblance to Dick York), however, because he was unavailable to accept the role, it went to Ferrell instead.
** %%** Similar case with the remake of ''Land of the Lost'' - Sid & Marty Krofft wanted Carrey for the role of Ranger Rick Marshall, however, he, once again, was unavailable at the time of production, so the Kroffts settled on Ferrell instead.
** %%** Deja vu with ''Elf''; again, Carrey was among different actors who the producers wanted to play the title character of Buddy the Elf, and again, he was unavailable. In a mock-casting call to poke fun at the troubles finding another actor, one person attending the audition, who was fed up with the script supervisor's nitpicking, storms out with, "Why don't you get somebody like Will Ferrell to do this?!"
18th Feb '16 7:18:41 PM followerofcake
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* Is there some kind of curse in Hollywood surrounding him? There's a number of comedy movies over the years where the production staff wanted a different actor for a specific role, but hired him instead. Some examples include:

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* Is there some kind of curse in Hollywood surrounding him? %%* There's a number of comedy movies over the years where the production staff wanted a different actor for a specific role, but hired him instead. Some examples include:
8th Dec '15 7:53:54 AM theLibrarian
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* BrokenBase: His movies can go into LoveItOrHateIt territory, which seems to mainly be due to their IdiotHero protagonists and divisive humor.
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