An­drew Jay Cohen had Fer­rell's voice in his mind for The House

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An­drew Kay Cohen had Will Fer­rell's voice in his mind when he wrote 'The House'. The 'Neigh­bors' screen­writer knew he wanted the 'An­chor­man: The Leg­end of Ron Bur­gundy' star be­fore he even started film­ing his lat­est com­edy-gang­ster movie as Fer­rell has the "kind of de­liv­ery" to make words and phrases mem­o­rable. Speak­ing ex­clu­sively to BANG Showbiz, the writer/di­rec­tor said: "I had Will's voice in my head when I was writ­ing the script. He's got that kind of de­liv­ery. "I worked on 'An­chor­man' with him and at the end of the shoot he came up to me and told me the cam­era I was us­ing didn't have any film but was in­stead filled with cof­fee. "I was like, 'He made fun of me. I know I made it'. To have a solid script is im­por­tant. We were quot­ing 'An­chor­man' lines be­fore it even came out. "I like those movies where the words, phrases and char­ac­ters res­onate in your head and you can't help talk­ing like them. Had to feel loose like any­thing can hap­pen." The film stars Fer­rell, 49, Amy Poehler, 45, as Scott and Kate, who strug­gle to find the money to pay for their daugh­ter's tu­ition fees. But with the help from their gam­bling, sex-ad­dicted but lov­able friend Frank (Ja­son Mant­zoukas) the three start their own casino to try and get the money they des­per­ately need. Al­though a com­edy, the film touches upon some se­ri­ous cul­tural top­ics in­clud­ing the price of tu­ition and Cohen be­lieves all movies should "come from re­al­ity". He said: "I think all movies should come from re­al­ity or use it as a jump­ing off point. The price of ed­u­ca­tion is very re­lat­able. "I set up a 529 [plan] for my kid and while do­ing re­search for this movie, I was com­par­ing what I had in there with the cost of a se­mes­ter and it just made me anx­ious. "So I used that anx­ious­ness and put it into the most stupid thing. I al­ways use re­al­ity as my start­ing point." The film­maker also re­vealed the film was ini­tially meant to be about the chil­dren at col­lege set­ting up their own casino but af­ter co-writ­ing 'Neigh­bors', he found writ­ing about the adult's strug­gles fun­nier. He said: "It just busted wide open. I started think­ing about be­ing a dad. It just be­came ab­surd. I put Will and Amy in the worst fi­nan­cially sit­u­a­tion - not be­ing able to af­ford col­lege - and it was just great."

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