Will Ferrell was not joking when he told Baxter that he doesn’t speak Spanish. You certainly wouldn’t think that from seeing the comedian in his latest movie, “Casa de mi Padre,” during which Ferrell’s gunslinging Mexican hero speaks exclusively in Spanish.
Ferrell admitted to MTV News that while he knows “a little bit” of Spanish, he’s far from fluent in the language, having to rely on memorizing lines phonetically. In other words, Ferrell wasn’t exactly able to improvise, and he had to work incredibly hard to get the lines just right.
“It was the most stressful time,” he said. “You’re laughing about it, you’re getting the script together, and you’re thinking it’s going to be so funny — but then you get the script translated, and there’s a real feeling of panic. ’I’ve got to get this down. This can’t be the joke of speaking Spanish poorly.’ We’ve seen that joke before. So, yeah, it was a 23 day fever dream.”
Of course, if executed properly, you shouldn’t be able to tell that Ferrell’s grasp on the Spanish language isn’t nearly as firm as that of his onscreen counterpart, Armando Alvarez. And you certainly wouldn’t know about Ferrell’s weakness of the tongue based on his latest After Hours appearance, which you can (and must) watch in the video below.
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