FERRELL MANS UP AT LAST
The latest Will Ferrell flick Get Hard is a laugh on and off-screen, and his charms have brought out an admission from his co-star
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are sitting in a car parked deep inside New Orleans’ Lafreniere Park. A short distance away are three rough-looking, muscleladen men.
“See those guys over there?” Hart tells Ferrell.
“I want you to go over there and get the big guy and punch him in the mouth.
“You don’t have to win the fight.
“You just have to show you’re not scared to fight.”
Ferrell, dressed in designer white track suit pants and a blue hooded jacket, is concerned. “That’s insane,” he says. “Those guys are huge.” It’s not scripted, but Ferrell and Hart begin to laugh.
The 100 or so crew members set up around their car also crack up. The three muscle heads giggle.
Director Etan Cohen, also laughing, yells “cut” and goes over to the car where his chuckling leading men are sitting.
The cast, director and crew have been filming the scene from their new comedy, Get Hard, for over an hour, with Ferrell and Hart riffing and adding new lines as they go.
They’re supposed to be making a movie, but you get the feeling their main aim is to make the other laugh.
Many of the lines are too dirty to repeat in this story.
It is day 23 of the 43 day Get Hard shoot.
When audiences sit down in theatres across the world to watch Get Hard they’ll think the film was shot in Los Angeles, but with Louisiana offering juicy incentives to shoot in the state, New Orleans is nicknamed “Hollywood South”.
Ferrell plays James King, a wealthy, Harvard-educated, hedge fund manager sentenced to 10 years in a maximumsecurity prison for fraud and embezzlement.
Hart is car wash owner Darnell Lewis. With just 30 days before he goes to prison, King presumes Lewis has been to prison because he is black and has a “low economic status and perceived lack of college education”.
King hires Lewis, who hasn’t been to jail but decides to take the $30,000 offer, to prepare him for prison gangs, rapists and other dangers behind bars.
“I don’t look at any of this as work because I love it,” the 163cm tall Philadelphia-born Hart, standing alongside the 191cm, Los Angeles-born Ferrell, says after shooting the car scene.
“I’m in love with Will. This is a relationship for me.”
Ferrell, still in his designer white tracksuit pants, smiles.
“That’s the first I’ve heard of this,” Ferrell responds. “It’s new information.”
On day 22 of the shoot Ferrell, Hart and the crew filmed in a working New Orleans prison and it was a memorable experience not only for the Hollywood stars, but the felons who watched.
“A block of the female inmates were very friendly,” says Ferrell.
But if they had to share a cell together, would Ferrell and Hart be happy about it?
“Yes I would,” Hart quickly says.
Ferrell, however, thinks for a moment. “Sure.”
I’M IN LOVE WITH WILL. THIS IS A RELATIONSHIP FOR ME
Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in a scene from