"Other Guys" director Adam McKay opens up on Ferrell, comedy
By Jay A. Fernandez
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade and performer with Second City, Adam McKay hit his stride as a director and head writer at "Saturday Night Live" in the late 1990s.
After six seasons, McKay peeled off into features and directed the comedies "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and "Step Brothers," all co-written with former "SNL" colleague Will Ferrell.
One production company (Gary Sanchez Prods.), online venture (Funny or Die) and seminal viral video ("The Landlord") later, McKay lets loose Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in "The Other Guys," opening August 6.
YOU GUYS IMPROVISE A BUNCH. IS THERE A SCENE THAT CAME OUT IN A REALLY FUNNY OR SURPRISING WAY?
McKay: There was one big one. When you see it, you'll know what it is. It's this shouting match between Wahlberg and Ferrell. It involves a tuna fighting a lion. It'll make sense when you see it. It was totally improvised on the spot. It came from one line that Mark had, and I just started yelling out ideas to Will, and he started playing with it. It's one of the funnier moments in the movie.
WHEN YOU (AND FERRELL) FIGHT, WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
McKay: God, we were saying we think we've only actually ever been in one real fight, and then maybe a little smidge of another one that was almost like a disagreement. You know what it was about? We've never gotten in a fight over working on a movie, we've never gotten into a fight over writing together, hanging out, any of that stuff. It was over our production company together. We had an argument about -- it's hard to even describe -- about the way the office was set up! And the only reason that we had the argument is because Will and I both are so not of that mindset. We're not guys who think about company structure and all that junk. So both of us were new to the discussion, and that's how we bumped into each other. Even that was only for like an hour. It was one of those dumb arguments. That's literally the only argument we've ever been in.
DO YOU EVER FEEL THE CONCEPT OF FUNNY CHANGING? YOU'VE BEEN DOING THIS FOR DECADES NOW, FROM BACK AT "SNL" AND SECOND CITY. WHAT YOU SEE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW? Continued...