Will Ferrell is currently starring in Spirited, a Christmas-themed musical directed by Sean Anders, produced by John Morris, and co-starring Ryan Reynolds. But it’ll be hard for the actor to top the Christmas movie he made almost 20 years ago.
Will Ferrell and Elf
20 years ago, the comedic actor made a huge impact on the holiday movie genre with his starring role in Elf. The movie has left quite a legacy, Will Ferrell attested in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly Canada.
Elf, which Jon Favreau directed, raked in a massive $173 million at the box office, according to Showbiz Cheat Sheet.
Favreau later said the final version of the movie was even less focused on comedy than the original version, which also had its sights trained more on a younger audience.
Thanks to the changes, though, the movie probably performed better at the box office than its earlier iteration would have.
Will Ferrell Makes Another Christmas Flick
For a while, it seemed like Will Ferrell would just stick to Elf when it came to starring in holiday movies. After all, it came out back in 2003, and Ferrell hadn’t been in a holiday movie since.
But now, Ferrell is starring in Spirited, a comedic take on Charles Dickens’ forever-popular A Christmas Carol. Ferrell will play the Ghost of Christmas Present in the movie, opposite Reynolds’ Clint Briggs, based on Scrooge.
“You know, I love Sean [Anders] and John [Morris], the filmmakers. I’ve done two other movies with them, but I’d never done a musical before,” Ferrell told ET’s Rachel Smith. “I just thought it was such a different creative reimagining of A Christmas Carol in a way that I’d never heard before in a really smart way a way that could be funny but meaningful.”