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Will Ferrell on Land of the Lost

Published June 7, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
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Will Ferrell knows comedy. You put him with some dinosaurs and he can make jokes. He just had to be sure that somebody else knew how to make the dinosaurs. He actually sought out Brad Silberling to direct Land of the Lost.

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“I’ve known Brad in passing for a long time,” Ferrell said. “In fact I did this movie The Suburbans with Amy Brennerman, his wife, a long time ago. When we were meeting with potential directors he immediately set himself above everyone in a way, just because he was like, ‘You know, whether you hire me or not you should use these two stages on the Universal [lot] because they are the biggest.’ He had so much knowledge about how to shoot this film, and he was so willing, ‘If I don’t get the job, that’s fine, but here are the things you should probably do to make sure you do it the right way.’ We were so impressed by just how he had the whole thing laid out.”

Finally, Ferrell had to go with the technical know how, even though Silberling is not known for comedy. “We were kind of looking at maybe some more comedy guys who didn’t necessarily have a handle on a movie of this scope, and in the end I think we made the best decision, because Brad obviously was okay with anything we wanted to throw in comedically. He’s got I think a better sense of humor than he gets credit for, for the types of movies he’s done, so it was a great marriage actually.”


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Land of the Lost is also the first time Ferrell actually costarred with Danny McBride, who he discovered in the indie film The Foot Fist Way. They shot Eastbound & Down together after Land wrapped.

“It definitely made it so much more comfortable for sure. I think we had already had the talks with them as producers about Easbound before Land of the Lost, before Danny got cast, so that was already, oddly enough, in the works. Obviously having spent three, four months together, it made it great just to show up in North Carolina and we got to play around. Danny, Jody and Ben and the crew they had were just a bunch of funny, smart guys, and it was great to go down there and see because they employed a lot of the guys they’d worked with at the School of the Arts in North Carolina, so a lot of their crew and everyone else, it was a real family affair, and I think it shows in the series.”

The film includes many references to the original Sid and Marty Krofft TV series, but shied away from really obscure cameos like Bill Laimbeer. “Yeah, that would have been really deep, undercover reference, yeah. Bill Laimbeer and there was another guy who played at UCLA who was a Sleestak too. The story is they were, because Laimbeer and this other kid at UCLA were like college players and this was like a summer job for them to walk around in Sleestak outfits. No, that would have been good.”

Land of the Lost is out in theaters now.

For the trailers, poster, stills, review and more movie info, go to the Land of the Lost Movie Page.
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