Will Ferrell: Not dead yet

8567__will_lIt’s been a rough year for Will Ferrell: His movies flopped at the box office (Melinda and Melinda, Kicking & Screaming, Bewitched, The Producers, and Winter Passing), and his name was misspelled on the marquee when he presented at the Oscars.

But at least he’s still alive and well. That’s just in case you were fooled (along with many news outlets) by a hoax press release reporting that Ferrell had died in a freak paragliding accident. E! Online bravely tries to get to the bottom of the scam, while Defamer suggests that the still-at-large hoaxster was inspired by Ferrell’s line in Wedding Crashers mocking a man who died in a hang-gliding accident.

So, to reiterate: Former Saturday Night Live star Will Ferrell: not dead. Generalissimo Francisco Franco: still dead.

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  • Sven

    It would be best of the world if Will Ferrell just dropped off the face of the planet. So while his death is unnecessary, his being acknowledged as a talented person should be called into question.

  • Lynny

    Sven- It is okay if you don’t get him, but he helped save SNL while he was on and for the people that like his humor, he is very talented. Will Ferrell makes most people laugh… a lot.

  • Sven

    Gallagher and Carrot Top make a lot people laugh a lot too, doesn’t make them talented…

  • Sven

    Gallagher and Carrot Top make a lot of people laugh too, doesn’t make them talented…

  • Nicky

    He was great on SNL, but that’s where he should have stayed (good at sketch type of acting). Doesn’t have what it takes to carry a movie, should stick to TV.
    Ugh, he’s annoying in movies. And his FIVE(!) flops in a row, prove that many of us think that.

  • David

    umm … I think we should just make a rule … if you are on SNL … you are not allowed to make movies. I am an avid SNL watcher … and while I appreciate the work of the cast members on that show, I have yet to see a movie from any of them that I didn’t feel like was a colossal waste of my time.

  • Nicky

    I support that rule Dave! Hollywood, are you listening?!!

  • SF

    I agree generally but Mean Girls was pretty awesome. I can’t see Tina Fey pulling off another great movie though

  • jim

    Will Farrell lowered the success rate for SNLers even lower. Exceling at sketch comedy doesn’t translate to movie stardom. Of course, Will needs to turn down unfunny stupid scripts and stop the endless uncredited cameos. IMDB shows him with 19 movies since 2000 including four upcoming. Get a hobby and wait for good roles, Will.

  • mike

    Bill Murray, Mike Meyers and very early Chevy Chase are the only Sat. Nite Live cast members with hit movies. Farrell had Elf and Old School. That seems like a long time ago. The Jury is still out on Jimmy Fallon. Lorne Michaels must be stopped.

  • Giorgio

    Mike…Eddie Murphy, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd never had hit movies?

  • mike

    After I posted, I remembered the Blues Brothers, Animal House, the Beverly Hills Cop series. The point was they still don’t equal the drek: It’s Pat, Corky Romano, Superstar, Ladies Man….

  • momma mia

    I LOVE will!!
    I like his kind of comedy. I never watched him much on SNL, but his movies make me laugh – they are the silly funny type…I like those…of course I see I am out numbered though…LOL

  • Lynny

    Also, just a note…Melinda and Melinda may not have been a hit, but was actually a pretty good film.

  • Bertie

    I think also that he’s just settling for whatever script is coming towards him. Honestly I think that he has great potential to become one of the funniest actors we’ve seen in a while. He was great in “Elf” and “Old School”. He certainly doesn’t need to do 5 movies a year to prove he’s funny (or try). I really wish he’d hold out for an awesome script!!

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