Will Ferrell turned down a lucrative salary for an “Elf” sequel.
In a recent interview with Hollywood journalist, the 54-year-old comic actor has spoken about his career, including the real reason his holiday classic never saw the light of day.
“I should have promoted the movie from an honest place, which would have been like, ‘Oh no, that’s not good. I just couldn’t turn down so much money,'” Ferrell said.
“And I was like, ‘Can I really say those words? I don’t think I can do it, so I guess I can’t make the movie.'”
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During a 2013 appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” Ferrell jokingly echoed his recent feelings of not wanting anything to do with an “Elf” follow-up movie.
“It would look a little pathetic if I tried to fit into the Elf tights.”
“Elf,” released in 2003, follows Ferrell as Buddy the Elf. His character leaves the North Pole for New York in search of his biological father. The now Christmas classic was a box office hit, grossing $ 220 million.
Sequels aren’t a problem for the former “Saturday Night” Live star. They just have to be good.
Although he moves away from the Elf sequel, he says the sequels to “Anchorman,” which he co-wrote with his frequent collaborator Adam McKay, was “a worthwhile sequel.”