Will Ferrell, along with cast members and the director of “The Campaign” headquartered at the Crosby Hotel recently to discuss the film. Although a comedy, “The Campaign” takes some serious issues to task. With this in mind, Ferrell was asked to comment on such a bold action.
“Warner Brothers, to their credit, was up for making a movie like this,” he acknowledged. “First and foremost too, it was about making a funny movie. A chance for Zach and I to do something together, a chance to work with Jay (Roach [director]), and then to have a point of view along with a big, broad, commercial comedy is not always done and it’s fun to take advantage of an opportunity like that. And,” he added, “we wanted to make the point that for as far as the movie goes, which gets insane, that at the same time we’re kind of showing that we’re not that far off from that happening in real life.”
Ferrell is known for his Bush characterization on SNL and his Broadway show, but Bush has little to do with his character Cam Brady.
“I really didn’t want this to have anything to do with George Bush. I think Cam Brady’s more of a polished politician in the sense that he knows how to give a great stump speech and that sort of thing. I really kind of stole from politicians more like John Edwards and people like that. That having been said, yeah, he’s a character who doesn’t think he’s ever wrong, that sort of thing, so I guess you could draw that parallel [to Bush].”
As politicians get more and more out of control, it could be said the film does not go far enough, to which Ferrell says, “There’s an argument to be made that maybe it doesn’t but our job was just to make a funny movie.” Much can be learned from this cautionary tale of immoral ethics and debauchery in the current political climate, Ferrell feels.
“I think comedy’s a great tool to kind of point things out satirically. One of the things too that we’re trying to point out a little bit is that the system’s getting so insane, is it attracting the best people to run for office? You have to jump through so many hoops and you have to participate in such tactics that it’s not becoming attractive for people who could actually help us govern. I think a lot of talented people would probably just say, ‘That’s okay. It’s not for me.”
Syndicated columnist Marie Moore reports on film and TV from her New York City base. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org