Will Ferrell—the World’s Most Quotable Idiot

Will Ferrell and Ron Burgandy's mustache

With the marketing avalanche for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and the film’s subsequent release today, Will Ferrell is on his way to cementing his position as the socially awkward dictator of Quotenheim, the mythical land of movie one-liners that never die.

Since his internship on Saturday Night Live he has graduated to full-fledged A-list comedy. After leaving the sketch-comedy show in 2002 (he was the only cast member to be given a farewell at the end-of-season finale) he has appeared in 31 movies, and is quite likely the most prolific player of the despicable-yet-lovable character in movie history.

It isn’t difficult for the average person to name a handful of their favorite Ferrell comedies and characters. As easy is the accessibility of lines from those movies. Lots of them.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will likely be no different and fans should prepare themselves for the deluge of quotes, quips and non sequiturs that are sure to become the newest in the Will Ferrell line of conversation starters. Until then, however, looking back at previous starring roles—whether loveable doofus, or reprehensibly awkward pervert—may help to warm up the recitation muscles so that readers are not caught unprepared at the next “Ooh! That reminds me of a line from—” moment.

Old School (2003)

Frank: …what? What, I thought we were in the trust tree in the nest, were we not?

Frank will make you squirm. Frank is the avatar for the man-child. Late to college, late to self-realization, late to remembering he’s married now. Watch as therapy goes bad. Train wreck bad.

Elf (2003)

Buddy: He’s an angry elf!

If there is anybody that can sell the “lovable simpleton,” it’s Will Ferrell. He has gone on record as preferring two character types: the simple nice-guy, and the over-the-top bad guy. Ideally, whichever character he is playing though, it will be one who can’t control what comes out of his mouth. Hilarity ensues.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)

Ron Burgundy: I’m kind of a big deal—people know me.

Anchorman is a game changer. Story line continuity was sketchy, plot consistency didn’t seem to be a major concern for the writers and there was a scene-to-scene feeling that maybe this movie happened by total accident. As if there were a mill of old discarded scenes from Will Ferrell movies that were strapped with explosives, detonated, and left to lie wherever the pieces scattered. And it is still one of the funniest movie experiences of all time. Or so say the critics.

 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

Ricky Bobby:  Dear 8lb 6oz newborn infant Jesus…

Ferrell is the master of sincerest mockery. Jesus is not his target in this clip, but the idea that full grown men and women argue over which version of Jesus is the best one to pray to and that proper formatting of those prayers will lead to winning the next big race is. Well, that—and old people.

Blades of Glory (2007)

Chazz Michaels: We’re gonna skate to one song and one song only…

Chazz Michaels, former ice skating bad-boy prodigy, sex addict, and chronic over-eater. Nobody likes Chazz—He’s just a bad person. So why the heck is he so funny? Would somebody please just throw the guy some chicken?

Land of the Lost (2009)

Dr. Rick Marshall: Immediately made it worse!

In this underrated spoof on the original made-for-television series by the same name, Ferrell plays a scientist who has “done extensive research with reptiles and various birds-of-prey, of which dinosaurs are.” Though not the best of his films as ratings go, many of the lines from this movie will grant miles of usability. Hadrosaur urine for example—

The Other Guys (2010)

Detective Allen Gamble: You know what? Lion tastes good. Let’s go get some more lion.

There are not words enough for an article of this scope to deal with the rhetorical gold this movie provides. Det. Gamble is a nerd. He’s a desk cop and his partner resents him for it saying that the sound of his pee hitting the urinal “sounds feminine.” Then the whole “If I was a lion and you were a tuna” metaphor happens. Oh gosh.

 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Ron Burgundy: I’m breaking down the barriers of race by assimilation—and on that note…

For those readers that have never seen the trailer—have maybe never seen the first Anchorman for that matter—here is the official release trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Love it or hate it, this is classic Will Ferrell. There is no obligation to love Mr. Ferrell, he just is—and nobody’s sure if he cares what the world thinks.

Will Anchorman 2 make the cut? Will it be able to meet the unreasonably high standards of its nearly cult-following of fans? Is it capable of even nearly matching the pre-release media blast that changed the rules for how studios manage title promotions? There is no way to tell at this point as the movie just hit the streets for public consumption Wednesday. But one thing can be counted on: Will Ferrell knows how to play the characters the world loves to hate. Acting as an amplifier for social inappropriateness, awkward interpersonal moments, and downright lewd and obnoxious behavior, Ferrell has proven that he is able to consistently be the world’s most quotable idiot.

Readers may feel free to add any favorite Will Ferrell quotes in the comments below. The man is a one-liner legend and the list of potential source material for this topic is nearly endless. Ready… Go!


By Matt Darjany


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