Will Ferrell tells why he sought out ‘SNL’s ‘small roles’

Will Ferrell has lengthy been a Hollywood lead man, however the “Spirited” actor nonetheless remembers fondly the minor elements that helped him construct his profession.

In a Thursday interview with “Hot Ones” host Sean Evans, the “Elf” star revisited his time on “Saturday Night Live,” the place he was a solid member from 1995 to 2002. Whereas munching on spicy hen wings with Evans, Ferrell mentioned it was the unassuming characters that helped highlight his comedy chops.

“I made a point to tell the writers, ‘I don’t care, cast me in a super small part,’ because some cast members took offense to that,” he advised Evans. “I just made a point to say, ‘I’ll deliver a pizza in the scene’ and, you know, if you need someone just because it’s supportive. But it’s also just an opportunity to potentially get a laugh.”

Throughout his tenure on “Saturday Night Live,” Ferrell thrived in fundamental and supporting roles, simply turning into a scene-stealer. Among the many actor’s memorable roles have been Gene “More Cowbell” Frenkle and workplace employee Dale (sure, that Dale with these patriotic trunks).

Earlier within the interview with Evans, Ferrell mentioned he “just loved” being a part of the “Saturday Night Live” ensemble. The actor additionally spoke to the “Hot Ones” host about his movie “Spirited,” wherein he stars alongside Ryan Reynolds.

Within the movie, Ferrell and Reynolds carry out the musical quantity “Good Afternoon” — which features a faucet dance routine. Ferrell spoke to The Instances in November about studying to faucet dance for that scene.

“Other steps you can learn at quarter-speed or half-speed, and then go full-speed. But tap, you have to go full-speed from the beginning to get that sound, there’s no baby steps,” he mentioned. “We ended up enjoying it, but we really pushed ourselves in ways we never thought we could.”

“Spirited,” is now streaming on Apple TV+.