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From PopEater: 'Everything Must Go,' opening in limited release today, tells the story of Nick Halsey, a man struggling with a drinking problem who, in the same day, gets fired and comes home to discover his wife has left and dumped all his possessions into the front yard. It's a small, heartfelt movie and the actor who plays Nick? Will Ferrell. That's right, the same goofy man-boy comedian who's made us howl with laughter in 'Step Brothers,' 'Elf' and 'Talladega Nights.' It's a wonderfully understated and deeply moving performance. Ferrell is one of the nicest celebs PopEater has spoken to, and he more than opened up about his latest movie, his magical relationship with "comedy wife" John C. Reilly, and his attempt make sense of Paramount's reluctance to greenlight an 'Anchorman' sequel.
"Yeah, I don't understand how they conduct their business. It's funny I think they ... actually I don't know what they think," he said of the studio that released the hugely popular 'Anchorman.' "Once again, they don't comment either way, but it's not like it's coming from us unsolicited ... We try to explain there's so much interest in a sequel, we're not making this up!"
What attracted you to 'Everything Must Go'? Because it's sort of a departure for you.
First off, I just loved the script. The thing that attracted me the most was the premise. I felt like I hadn't seen that story before where someone who kind of loses everything and chooses to live his life on the front lawn of his house and basically live in front of everyone, exposed to the world. I just loved it.
Did it inspire you to clean out your closets?
I'm a selective pack rat. There's some things I have no problem getting rid of and others I hold onto dearly, so no it did not. It's tough for me to get rid of clothes. I grew up in a household with a limited budget and we really had to make our nice clothes last and so now I'll get free pairs of shoes and this, that and the other and I'll be like, "Oh great!" Even though it stresses me out that I don't have enough room to put them, I can't throw them away. I have a rule where my wife can throw anything away as long as I don't see it, so it has to happen under the cover of darkness.
Have you and your writing partner Adam McKay managed to shame Paramount into greenlighting 'Anchorman 2'?
No! Despite all my comments to the media which after I saw ... it's one of the those things where you say something and go, "Oh I don't remember saying that," oh I guess I did. No, it has had no effect. (Laughs).
That's so weird. The movie made so much money.
Yeah, I don't understand how they conduct their business. It's funny I think they... actually I don't know what they think. Once again they don't comment either way, but it's not like it's coming from us unsolicited. We just keep getting asked so many times about it that we have to comment. We try to explain there's so much interest in a sequel, we're not making this up! So I don't know.
Have you ever bumped into the head of Paramount at a Lakers game?
No, but I relish that day. (Laughs)
Would it be super uncomfortable if you sat next to him?
It would be terribly uncomfortable for him.
To check out the rest of Ferrell's interview, visit PopEater.
Check out the 'Everything Must Go' trailer below: