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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES - PETER MITCHELL

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

Get Hard.

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