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Old 06-21-2009, 08:45 PM
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Jump the shark?

His Land of the Lost movie is doing the opposite of "boffo" box office right now and it seems that a number of people aren't exactly surprised.

Some people had the idea that he was funny, but I honestly never thought he was. Even that movie where he played an anchorman (strangely enough called Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy) seemed pretty flat to me.

I guess he was okay (sorta) in that racing movie, but it wasn't anything special.

So, if he ever was funny, when did he jump the shark, in your view?

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Old 06-21-2009, 09:05 PM
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He wasn't meant to play lead roles - he's great as the funny guy in the background, but that's it. I liked him in Austin Powers and SNL, but his 'big' movies didn't do that much for me.
So to answer your question, he jumped the shark when he flew from NYC to Hollywood.
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Old 06-21-2009, 09:06 PM
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He's made me laugh a few times but I've never been a fan. He came along in time to fill in the goofy comic spot that Jim Carrey abandoned and it's been good to him but it looks like he might've peaked already. He doesn't seem to have a whole lot of comic range and he might like the spot light too much, he absolutely wasted a good supporting cast in Semi-Pro.
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He wasn't meant to play lead roles - he's great as the funny guy in the background, but that's it.

Yeah that brings 'Old School' to mind. He served his purpose in that flick.
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I'd like to see him take up some serious roles, the way that Bill Murray has done. Has Ferrell even done any serious roles? Or were they supposed to be funny? It might open up a whole new vista of possibilities for him.

But I like the idea that he's better as a supporting comedic actor. His style tends to wash over whatever movie he's in. For example, Land of the Lost could have been so much less sucky if it'd actually been about people who are comedically stuck in a land of lost things, rather than, as the trailers appear to convey, people who are tragically stuck with Will Ferrell being a ham.

In my opinion, of course.
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Old 06-21-2009, 11:25 PM
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I'd like to see him take up some serious roles, the way that Bill Murray has done. Has Ferrell even done any serious roles? Or were they supposed to be funny? It might open up a whole new vista of possibilities for him.

But I like the idea that he's better as a supporting comedic actor. His style tends to wash over whatever movie he's in. For example, Land of the Lost could have been so much less sucky if it'd actually been about people who are comedically stuck in a land of lost things, rather than, as the trailers appear to convey, people who are tragically stuck with Will Ferrell being a ham.

In my opinion, of course.
There was a semi-serious role he played in a movie called "Stranger Than Fiction". It was a surprisingly good movie.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:20 AM
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Will Ferrell 'jumped the shark' when he was born, as far as I'm concerned. I saw him in one or two SNL skits...that's when I quit watching SNL...and after that, if I saw that he would be in a show or movie, you could not get me in the same building while it was running.
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All of his characters are basically the same. He's BORING.
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Man, what's with all the Will Ferrell haters?!

I've always enjoyed Will Ferrell's comedy. I like all sorts of comedy. I like South Park, Family Guy, The Office, AND Will Ferrell's movies... just to name a few. Sure, he is pretty much the same character in each movie, but I think he's funny.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:39 AM
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He's been coasting on the Old School persona for a few of his bigger hits, playing exaggerated characters (Anchorman, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro etc) for a while now and eventually that runs out.

Give him his due he has tried to branch out of it (Melinda and Melinda, That one with where he had the voice in his head) but they haven't really hit with the public.

It's a bit like Ben Stiller. They need something new.
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