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Will Ferrell Reveals Why He Turned Down ‘Elf 2’
Will Ferrell has said that he turned down the opportunity to star in a sequel to festive hit film Elf because he didn’t believe in its story.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Ferrell revealed that he was offered $29 million to star in a sequel to Elf but ultimately turned down the opportunity because the plot was too similar to the original film.
“I would have had to promote the movie from an honest place, which would’ve been, like, ‘Oh no, it’s not good. I just couldn’t turn down that much money,’” Ferrell said.
“And I thought, ‘Can I actually say those words? I don’t think I can, so I guess I can’t do the movie,’” he added.
Ferrell has previously opened up about his role in Elf, admitting that he feared the film would either be a massive hit or the movie that ruins his career.
“[I was] thinking to myself this is either going to be a home run or people are going to go, ‘Whatever happened to you? Why did you do that one about the elf?’,” he said to James Corden on his Late Late Show.
Read Ferrell’s full interview with The Hollywood Reporter here.
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