Just a Minute With: Will Ferrell on getting "Lost"

Thu Jun 4, 2009 9:42am EDT
 
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Will Ferrell has explored the worlds of TV anchormen, race car drivers, elves and step brothers -- all to great comic effect. Now, the popular comedian has set his sights on dinosaurs.

In his new comedy, "Land of the Lost," a big budget reboot of the classic 1970s sci-fi TV series, Ferrell stars as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, who can build a time travel machine but has little idea of how to survive in an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and aliens.

Ferrell talked to Reuters about making the film, which co-stars Anna Friel and Danny McBride, kissing his co-stars and wearing his groovy zipper boots.

Q: Were you a big fan of the TV show?

A: "I loved it! It was arguably one of my favorites as a kid, because in the noise of Saturday morning cartoons there was this live-action show with this family stuck in this world of dinosaurs, and it was played for real. So it had danger, and you were scared, but at the same time you saw zippers up the backs of the Sleestaks, so it was kind of cheesy too. And that mix of danger and kitsch gave us the impetus to redo it -- although with very real effects, and make it a comedy."

Q: How much of you is there in Dr. Marshall?

A: "Let's see. We both like wearing Florsheim zipper boots. I think he's a lot smarter than I am, even though he's fumbling and bumbling. He's misunderstood. He's actually right when everyone thinks he's wrong."

Q: How difficult was it persuading Matt Lauer to do a fake "Today" show interview with you?   Continued...

 
<p>U.S. actor Will Ferrell arrives at the world premiere of his new film 'Land of the Lost' in central Sydney May 26, 2009. 'Land of the Lost' will be in theaters on June 5. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz</p>