Why Will Ferrell cut off ‘Anchorman’ director Adam McKay: He ‘f – – ked up’

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“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” director Adam McKay addressed the end of his partnership with actor Will Ferrell for the first time.

Comedy video site created by a pair of funny people “funny or Die” and founded the company Gary Sanchez Productions. But seemingly out of the blue, once the dynamic duo announced they were ending Their working relationship in 2019.


“We will always work together creatively and will always be friends. And we believe we are fortunate to have ended this venture,” he said in a statement at the time.

McKay, now 53, explained in a new Vanity Fair Profile what happened between him and his “half-brother” writing partner, 54.

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“I learned some lessons. It’s always hard feelings,” McKay said. The filmmaker and Pharrell discussed dissolving their production company, and when McKay asked former LA Lakers team owner Jerry for the HBO series The “Don’t Look Up” director decided to cast Ferrell’s co-star John C. Reilly in “Step Brothers” instead of Ferrell for the iconic part. Selected option.

“The truth is, it’s surreal the way the show was always going to be. And Ferrell doesn’t look like Jerry Buss, and he doesn’t look like Jerry Buss. And that included some people who were like, ‘We Love Pharrell, he’s a genius, but we can’t see him doing it.’ It was a difficult discussion,” McKay told the publication.

McKay (right) opens up about her discussion with Will Ferrell (left) in her “Vanity Fair” profile, “IF— how I handled it.”
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He added, “I didn’t want to hurt their sentiments. Wanted to be respectful… I should have called. [Ferrell] And I didn’t. And Reilly did, of course, because Reilly, he’s a stand-up guy.

McKay said she hasn’t spoken with “Holmes & Watson” actor Pharrell since the phone call when they decided to part ways. McKay also said that he tried to email her, but to no avail.

“I said, ‘Well, I mean, we’re splitting the company,’ and he was basically like, ‘Yeah we are,’ and basically was like, ‘Have a good life.’ And I’m like, ‘F—k, Ferrell will never talk to me again.’ So it didn’t end well,” he continued.

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The two announced that they were ending their professional working relationship in April 2019.
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“I f— pay attention to how I handled it,” McKay revealed. “I should have done everything from the book. In my head, I was like, ‘We’re going to let this all end. For six months to a year, we’d sit, we’d laugh about it and go,’ This is all business junk. ‘Who gives – t? We worked together for 25 years. Will we really let it go?’ ,

However, Ferrell “took it as a deeper hurt than I could have imagined and I tried to reach out to him, and I reminded him of some of the fights that were thrown my way that were never apologized for.” Was.”

In an October interview with Hollywood Reporter, Ferrell discusses the breakup of the friendship. “Adam was like, ‘I want to do this, and this, and this’; he wanted growth and a sphere of influence, and I was like, ‘I don’t know, this seems like a lot to keep track of. is,'” Ferrell told the outlet. “For me, the ability to see a billboard, and be like: ‘Oh, we’re producing that?’ I don’t know. .. At the end of the day, we have different amounts of bandwidth.”


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