Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in a cop comedy = Awesomeness

Ferrellwahlberg_lA bidding war broke out on Tuesday for the action-comedy B Team, which will be directed by Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as cops, Variety reports. It’s understandable, right? Isn’t that all the information you’d need to greenlight that picture? I’m actually giddy thinking about it…

And now, I’m thinking that only newly-announced comedy pairings ever get me this excited. Is it the same for you, or do drama castings get your rocks off?

addCredit(“Ferrell: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com; Wahlberg: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images”)


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  • Ned

    “Will Ferrell! Mark Wahlberg! Cop comedy!” will always get us excited.
    “Tilda Swinton! James McAvoy! Estranged siblings discover repressed memories of a traumatic childhood!” just gets us slightly less excited for some reason.

  • Otis

    Regradless of pairings, and unlike you I don’t see this one as anything special. Actors do NOT make a movie. The proof is in the writing and directing. I give Slumdog as a perfect example.

  • Jim

    This reminds me of the AWESOMO episode of South Park, when Cartman kept coming up with movie ideas involving Adam Sandler, and the execs went crazy over them.

  • Sam

    I’m not entirely sure if this is fair, but when going to see a generic comedy movie, I tend to go in with more preconceived notions about both the general story and an actor’s performance (trademark expressions/inflections/style) than I do when I see a drama. When I see a Will Ferrell movie, I expect certain things. So when there are odd pairings, I get excited because it might shake things up in unexpected ways. I mean, how many cop comedies are out there? A ton–we’re familiar with the story’s framework. But this specific pairing might bring something new. This is true of genres like action movies, too–we get excited about the idea of Mickey Rourke in the next Iron Man because we are familiar with the usual superhero conventions and casting alone may change our perception of those conventions. (Of course, if a comedy is not following the traditional mold, casting matters less.)

  • DL

    How are they going to get both of them in the same shot?
    I mean, Ferrell is pretty tall and Mark Wahlberg Talks To Animals is as short as his Entourage brethren.

  • aaron welch

    Will Ferrell- yea!! Mark Wahlberg- boo!! He’s not funny at all, he’ll be the guy following Will’s lead.

  • Aziz Jackson

    I think the pairing of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in an action/comedy movie is going to be hilarious.I know Will Ferrell is going to have some crdit in the writing department of this film.Can’t wait for the film to be made.

  • Matthew

    I really hope John C. Reilly will get involved in this one – Chest Rockwell and Brock Landers back together PLUS Will Ferrell would be AMAZING.

  • Matt

    When I heard about Seth Rogen and James Franco in Pineapple Express, I got very excited. When I saw them reprise their roles in Judd Apatow’s Oscar short, it really put it over the top. If you missed it (or want to see it again), you can watch it here:

    http://gotchamedia.blogspot.com/2009/02/oscars-judd-apatows-comedy-short.html

  • Nathan

    Good move by Wahlberg, because that whole action genre thing he’s been doing lately just ain’t working.

  • RTA

    Bah. I was hoping for “Rock Star II, the EMO years.”

  • Wes

    Drama pairings are usually more interesting to me. When I found out Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep were going to act together, I was suddenly Liz Lemon: “I want to go to there.”

  • Stephanie

    Hair metal > Emo
    Rock Star is awesome. No emo remakes please.

  • Josh

    I’m still waiting for that Hardy Boys movie with Ben Stiller and Tom Cruise.

  • J.

    I thought it was supposed to be called “Hardy Men.”
    And I think it’s totally appropriate for Wahlberg to start doing crappy comedies; he’s clearly lost all his talent for acting. Did you see “The Happening.” Can’t wait to see this new movie! Cheers!

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