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Video/Q&A: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis of 'The Campaign'

August 07, 2012|Matt Pais | RedEye movie critic

Because there’s nothing left to do?
ZG: No, there’s plenty left to do, don’t get me wrong. I guess my answer is I don’t know where it can go, because I’ve never thought of it. [Laughs.]
WF: I don’t think you think about it when you’re in the eye of the storm.

Well, do you feel like things have changed over the last few years?
ZG: I think the Internet has changed a lot of that stuff. I think as far as “anything goes” is more prevalent now, and I think audiences are willing to laugh at things that are maybe a little un-PC. They just realize now … I think a few years ago when it was really kinda [more like], “Oh, I can’t believe they did that.” I went and saw “Jackass” a few years ago, and I saw this 85-year-old couple dying laughing. And that made me feel so—I listened to them laugh more than watching the movie. It was so great. Comedy is also generational. Do my parents necessarily think what I do is their, you know, what’s the expression?
WF: Bag of milk.
ZG: Bag of milk.
WF: It’s not their bag of milk.

What would make Galifianakis, who follows zero people on Twitter, want to follow someone: “I wouldn’t want to. I’m not into hearing about people buying paper towels. I don’t know really how to work it.”
What Ferrell wants for Ron Burgundy in the “Anchorman” sequel: “Well, I hope that he broadens his horizons slightly. Becomes more accepting of the modern world. Which is kind of what we based the script on.”
How difficult it will be to slip back into that character: “It’s going to take some time. I’m going to have to go out to my hideaway in the desert and immerse myself, go into hiding. It’s not going to be easy.”
What Galifianakis wants for Alan in the third “Hangover” movie: “I just hope that there’s some kind of closure for Alan, and all the characters in “The Hangover.” I don’t know what that would be, but some kind of closure. A little bit of hope for ‘em.”
Something they wish we had talked about: “Gorgonzola. You like to talk about gorgonzola.” (ZG) “I wanted to talk about my love of gorgonzola cheese. And you should’ve had that in the press notes.” (WF)
Guilty pleasure movies:
WF: “China Syndrome.” No, I’ve never seen that. I was going to say one, but it’s in bad taste.
ZG: “Anchorman.”
WF: So guilty, the implication is you are watching it going, “I should not like this.”
ZG: You don’t know what I’m doing while I’m watching it.
WF: Oh, Jesus.
(I ask what he’s doing)
ZG: I can’t. I can’t. I feel bad. Because I have to work with the guy.
WF: Guilty pleasure movie? “Gigi.”
ZG: “Gigli.”
WF: Oh, “Gigli.” Sorry.

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