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May 19th, 2002

Will Ferrell’s Final Show

After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live and really coming into his own as one of the show’s most versatile actors, Will Ferrell has decided to move on. Last night was his final episode of Saturday Night Live (though I’m sure he’ll make plenty of guest returns).

Will he go the route of Tim Meadows and never been seen again? Or will he carve out a niche in movies, like he hopes? Honestly, I don’t see him becoming much of a movie actor (A Night at the Roxbury, anyone?), but I think he would do wonderfully on the sitcom circuit, something he proved with his excellent appearance on Undeclared earlier this season.

While I wasn’t a huge Ferrell fan at first, I grew to appreciate his Alex Trebec and any character that involved him wearing a half shirt (for some reason, that brought out the best in him).

We’ll have to see whether or not he can make the transition to full-time movie actor or not — my thinking is: perhaps, but probably not. At the same time, I doubt he’ll disappear like Cheri Oteri. What’s the Pinger consensus on the issue?

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: alex [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 19, 2002 -- 10:22:49 am
I agree. His appearance on Undeclared proved he should try and could succeed at sitcoms. Also, he will probably be good in supporting movie roles(ex: Zoolander). Not lead ones like A Night at the Roxbury. Blech.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Sunday May 19, 2002 -- 10:34:45 am
He instantly became one of my favorite cast members on SNL his first season. All it took for that to happen was the sketch where he's a father yelling at his kids to "get off the damn shed!"

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Sunday May 19, 2002 -- 11:37:52 pm
Did they give him a cake at the end of the show?

FROM: Scott R
DATE: Monday May 20, 2002 -- 6:32:22 pm
Honestly I had the television on but wasn't watching, but half in and out of my confused and sleeping state I do remember hearing Tracy Morgan moan about how Will Ferrell was like a thief and whatever- I mean this was a part of the skit but still, Not the best way to send someone off. That wasn't too cool.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 21, 2002 -- 12:15:13 pm
Tracy Morgan isn't really the best guy for any job.

FROM: Scott R
DATE: Tuesday May 21, 2002 -- 6:32:54 pm
True- but he does do a decent mike tyson, but then again, who can't do a halfway decent mike tyson. I'll miss will. I think that once he gets into the real movie world he's going to need to broaden his horizons a little bit to keep up with things. He's a great comedian, sure, but consider any one of the roles he's played in actual movies so far. Roxbury was awful, Superstar was about the same. Jay and Silent Bob rocked, but that's because of Smith and Mewes. Put bluntly Ferell didn't do anything spectacular. Again don't get me wrong the guy's a great actor, but working for so many years on the same show will make you act in a certain way, you know? Look at Adam Sandler, his acting abilities don't range very much. I say take a year off, come up with a new, individualized persona, and then try a role well suited to the actor.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Monday July 4, 2005 -- 12:35:44 pm
Man were you wrong!!!! Will not become a huge hollywood star??? Are you kidding. Just look at the recent "forbes top 100" to see if he's become a success. Nice work, no really made an accurate observation on this.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Tuesday July 5, 2005 -- 10:31:21 am
He was awesome in "The Elf." I went to that movie thinking it was really going to suck, and saw it only because there was nothing else. I've never laughed so hard in my life over and over again. It was just ridiculous!

But, I admit, I'm still not moved by his personality enough to see Bob Burgundy or whatever, Ted Burgundy . . . whatever the first name is.

I've also avoided "Old School," though it has gotten ringing endorsements by everyone I know who's seen it. I also like Vince Vaughn a lot.

I saw "Bewitched" over the weekend, and for what it was, I thought it was very successful. Will was very funny--not as funny as he was in "The Elf," but "The Elf" was just such a classic fish out of water story and Will's ability to do child-like earnestness is unparalleled.

But how many movies can he do where he could do that child-like earnestness and naivite and not become typecast? He's got to be very careful about the roles he chooses.

He's an odd star to me, because when I see his face on a video cover, my impulse is to avoid it, though his movies have not disappointed me. On the other hand, if I see Steve Martin on the cover, I want to watch it, even if I've heard the movie sucked. By the way, the previews for "The Pink Panther" suggest to me that Martin is no Peter Sellers, and his outrageous French accent is no good--it's not even a good fake French accent. But I'll still probably see it. Why is that? I think it's because Steve Martin is funny looking and Ferrell isn't. It's just some weird psychological reaction. Ferrell is funny looking in the ridiculous elf get up, though. Maybe that's the reason I'm not moved to rent a Ferrell video, he's just not funny looking to me. He just looks regular. Sort of like Chevy Chase--not funny looking. Bill Murray--always funny looking. John Candy, Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy--funny looking. Chris Rock--not funny looking.

I have not seen "A Night at the Roxbury," nor even heard of it before this Ping, which is good for Will, because I see tons of movies and almost always know what's out there. If I haven't heard of it, it must be buried pretty well.

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