Will Ferrell On ‘Casa De Mi Padre’ – “If Everyone Could Sit Through ‘The Artist,’ This Feels Like A Gift”
[pullquote quote="For a long time I had the craziest idea of putting myself in a Spanish-language film, and I finally executed it."]“For a long time I had the craziest idea of putting myself in a Spanish-language film, and I finally executed it,” says Will Ferrell – star of many amazing comedy films like Anchorman, Old School, Elf, Step Brothers, and several more. ” I always marvel at them [telenovelas] and it hit me one day – putting myself in that world could be amusing.”
Enter the idea of Casa De Mi Padre.
“We went around town and there was a couple companies that were interested, but one in particular NALA Films. They got the idea right away and said, ‘Here, we’ll give you five million bucks to do this thing,’” says Ferrell.
Ferrell joined The Kevin & Bean Show on Friday to discuss his latest film, Casa De Mi Padre, what it was like making a film in Spanish, his latest project with Zach Galifianakis and more.
Will Ferrell talks Casa De Mi Padre with Kevin & Bean
[pullquote quote="...if everyone could sit through The Artist, this feels like a gift."]When asked about what it was like making a film in Spanish, Ferrell responded, “Matt Piedmont, our director, described it as a ‘23-day fever dream,’ because at the end of each day, which felt like I wrapped an entire movie, I’d have to start all over again. I’d have to drive home and start memorizing the next day’s lines, so it was extremely challenging.”
“We are merging the Hispanic marketplace with the English-speaking audience to provide entertainment. That’s what we’re doing. It’s hands across the borders,” joked Ferrell.
“Plus, if everyone could sit through The Artist, this feels like a gift,” he added.
Will broke down Casa De Mi Padre for Kevin & Bean:
“It’s a melodramatic epic tail, the story of two brothers – myself and Diego Luna – which people been dying to see us play brothers. We are of the famous ranching Alvarez family. I’m the brother who stayed at home, faithful to the family. He’s the one who went off to the north to be an international businessman [drug dealer]. He comes back to kind of save the day and save the ranch, and we find out that he’s in dealing in nefarious things, and I don’t like it.”
[pullquote quote="It's as if a Mexican producer did this movie on a shoestring budget."]Ferrell adds, “The other premise is that it’s a poorly made movie. It’s as if a Mexican producer did this movie on a shoestring budget, so that’s the other character of the movie. We have huge continuity flaws and mannequins for extras because we don’t have enough extras.” They also talked about some of the dingy locations where they filmed parts of this movie, including a scorching 114° day in Simi Valley.
[pullquote quote="It's going to be one of those movies that people talk about for a long time." credit="Ralph Garman"]So what did Ralph think of Casa De Mi Padre?
“This is the bravest comedy since Borat. I saw this film and said, ‘This is kind of brilliant, kind of genius.. the way it’s put together, the way it’s executed and performed.’”
Ralph continued, “I think people are going to find it and they’re going to love it. It’s going to be one of those movies that people talk about for a long time.”
When asked about what’s next, Will replied, “We have a movie coming out this summer. Zach Galifianakis and I just finished a movie called The Campaign, which is basically our take on what is happening to politics. That will be out right before the conventions in August.” Ferrell turned the attention to Galifianakis, stating “He can grow a beard in about 15 minutes” and “I think he’s one of the top Greek-American comedians out there. At least top 13.”
According to HollywoodReporter.com, “Casa de Mi Padre made a strong showing among Hispanic moviegoers as it opened in select markets across the country, grossing an estimated $2.2 million from 382 theaters to crack the top 10 chart and come in No. 9.”
Make sure to catch Casa De Mi Padre in theatres now. Get more info and see if it’s playing in a theatre near you at CasaDeMiPadreMovie.com.