Will Ferrell hardly needs an introduction. Last year he won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor for his "impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist," which is to say he can pull off a heartwarming performance as an innocent elf as well as a boorish fraternity has-been, all whileinfluencing the American electorate and cracking up his colleagues on SNL.
Ferrell's newest film, Casa de mi Padre, is a Spanish-language comedy that casts him as Armando Alvarez, a simple rancher who must defend his family's land from drug traffickers, while he wins the heart of his brother's fianceé. We spoke to Ferrell about dreaming in Spanish, his spate of non-mainstream projects, and what is up with those Old Milwaukee ads.
Christina Aguilera sings the theme song for Casa de mi Padre. Were those her actual lips in the beginning of the movie? Or were they stunt lips?
They were! Believe it or not she actually allowed us to come and film her lips. We pitched a whole thing to her. I think it was Matt [Piedmont], the director's idea, to focus on her lips throughout the opening credits. It worked!