Created By: justanotherrandomlurker on November 27, 2012

Will Ferrell Curse

When Will Ferrell is cast in a role, in lieu of getting another actor for the job.

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A new comedy movie is in the works, and as such, the production staff want some of the biggest comedy stars in the entertainment industry in their new movie. Unfortunately, sometimes scheduling conflicts occur, and the desired actors are unavailable to take on the role, so what can they do? Hire Will Ferrell instead! Usually, the results end up with a box office bomb... curse, perhaps?

Examples are as follow:
  • 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?!"
Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • November 27, 2012
    Not to be mean but is this a trope?
  • November 27, 2012
    Well, if the likes of Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, Mc Leaned, The Danza, and others can be, why not?
  • November 27, 2012
    Well those tropes you've listed were named after actors but had examples outside of just them. This YKTTW just seems to focus on Will Ferrel. You could put this on Will Ferrel's YMMV.
  • November 27, 2012
    Point taken.
  • November 27, 2012
    ^^^ Those articles are not about Chuck Cunningham, McLean Stevenson, or Tony Danza. They are just named that. (And such names are discouraged; those pages were named a while ago and there hasn't been consensus to change.)

    This is Not A Trope.