Will Ferrell, writer, comedian, impressionist, and actor, got his start in comedy in high-school, where he would disguise his voice during the daily announcements over the PA system. He graduated and attended the University of Southern California to obtain a degree in sports journalism. It wasn’t until he moved back home with his parents, after working at NBC as an intern in the sports department, that he began his career in comedy.
Ferrell’s latest film is the Spanish language comedy, Casa de Mi Padre, an indie film directed by Matt Piedmont and written by Andrew Steele. It features Ferrell as Armando Alvarez, the son of a respected rancher who falls in love with his brother’s fiancé, and gets tangled in his brother’s business dealings with Mexico’s notorious drug lord, the mighty Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal).
Ferrell speaks with Arclight in a hilarious interview after screening the film to discuss the aspects of making a film like Casa de Mi Padre; how he had to make the film before anyone else did–the film was shot two years ago–and it was discussed how difficult it was to market to studios. He even performs a special song for everyone in the audience.