“Other Guys” Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg on drinking scenes, tension, and shooting Derek Jeter
By Sean O’Connell
Our coverage of “The Other Guys” press conference — with Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, director Adam McKay, Eva Mendes and Michael Keaton — continues this morning as we edge closer to the film’s Aug. 6 release date.
Don’t be surprised if the comedic chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg is the second element audiences focus on when leaving “The Other Guys.” That’s only because top of mind will be an unexpectedly arresting visual sequence dropped in the middle of the film that conveys a night of drinking in a rowdy pub, with Ferrell and Wahlberg getting progressively more drunk and sequences getting progressively more bizarre.
“That was actually shot in pre-production,” said McKay after joking that Wahlberg actually took over the camera and shot the entire sequence.
“We were supposed to just do stills of these guys drinking at the bar, like off of a digital camera. And as we approached it, we were just like, ‘Oh, that’s kind of boring. We’ve seen that done before.’ We had just seen that video, the Philips one of the clowns fighting the police that was circulating on the Internet for a while. (Watch it here!) Oliver Wood, our DP, and I just loved that, and so we decided to take a crack at a low-budget version of it. And we just sort of did it by the seat of our pants. We had no idea if it was going to work. And uh, yeah. I think that was all pulled together in about 5 days, that whole thing, which was crazy.”
The interplay between the movie’s leads, however, is crucial to the film’s success, and Ferrell does a nice job squeezing laughs out of Wahlberg’s perpetual frustrations. When Ferrell was asked if it’s normal for comedians to watch each other’s backs on set, the funnyman surprised a few of us with his answer.
“Um, no,” Ferrell said with a straight face (though he was obviously joking). “I feel like it’s more important to be really cutthroat on a set and not have your back for each other. That provides a certain tension. It makes for a horrible work environment, but boy, does it pop on screen!”
Speaking of popping, Wahlberg gets to pop a cap in famous New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter … ideal for the self-proclaimed Red Sox fan. When asked if he had any input into the humorously violent scene, Wahlberg joked, “No, but I was really thrilled. And you know, I felt bad after, because he’s such a nice guy. But, we’re going to screen the movie in Boston … and it’s going to be crazy. I just became a legend.”
“I have to make sure I send ahead my shipment of Lakers caps,” Ferrell immediately joked, referring to Los Angeles’ recent defeat of the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.
We’ll have more from “The Other Guys” later this afternoon, including news on an “Entourage” movie, so check back!