Will Ferrell reveals why he turned down Elf sequel

The actor says he refused to do any more family movies after the release of ‘The Last Man on Earth’ in 2013 Will Ferrell, who starred in the 2003 film Elf, has said he…

Will Ferrell reveals why he turned down Elf sequel

The actor says he refused to do any more family movies after the release of ‘The Last Man on Earth’ in 2013

Will Ferrell, who starred in the 2003 film Elf, has said he turned down a sequel because it would have meant money.

Ferrell was asked about a potential sequel on the late-night show Conan. He replied: “I can’t say we’re not going to make it. We might, we might not. The truth is that I’ve always been a money-driven person.

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“I don’t care about anything else. It’s like a movie, it’s just you. You’re standing alone on a phone booth. The film’s really wonderful, the screenplay’s incredible, but I don’t want to take that away from you. I think when you do that, that’s when you’re not getting what you need as an actor. I feel like, at some point, if you want to do sequels or a whole movie, you need to say it’s time for a change.”

The actor, who is still acting, finished by hinting that the film would probably be some kind of adult comedy. “I can’t say we’re not making it, but I can’t say we’re doing it either.”

Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg starred in the movie Elf in 2003. Photograph: Universal

Ferrell also talked about a horror film he shot last year called Get Hard, about a male prison sentence-scarer. He said that while it was funny, it had elements of satire. He also spoke about his role in Elf, with which he was on a collision course from the beginning.

“With Elf, I did that first big movie when I was a kid and it’s almost like now that [actors] are like, ‘I want to do this project,’ and you get offered Elf – and then you have your dream guy,” he said. “I was like, ‘Gee, that’s a good spot to be in,’ and look where I’m at now.

“I’m still acting now after The Last Man on Earth and Elf. It’s hard to say what you do next, but Elf, at some point, you’re like, ‘Yeah, I’ll do that again.’ The truth is I would do a pilot for one of the biggest network shows in the world in California in front of 7,000 extras and [director] Judd Apatow. I’m even up for it.”

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