Will Ferrell turned down a lucrative payday for an “Elf” sequel.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 54-year-old comedic actor talked about his career, including the real reason his Holiday classic never saw the light of day.
“I would have had to promote the film from an honest place, which would have been, ‘Oh no, that’s not good. I just could not refuse so much money, “says Ferrell.
“And I thought, ‘Can I actually say those words? I don’t think I can, so I guess I can’t make the movie.'”
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In a 2013 appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” Ferrell jokingly reiterated his recent feelings that he would have nothing to do with an “Elf” sequel.
“It would look a little pathetic if I tried to push myself back in the Elf tights.”
“Elf,” released in 2003, follows Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. His character leaves the North Pole for New York City in search of his biological father. The now Christmas classic was a ticket success and earned $ 220 million.
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Followers are no problem for the former “Saturday Night” Live star. They just have to be good.
Despite walking away from the Elf sequel, he says the “Anchorman” sequels, which he co-wrote with frequent collaborator Adam McKay, were “a sequel worth having.”