Release Date: March 16, 2012
Studio: Pantelion Films
Director: Matt Piedmont
Screenwriter: Andrew Steele
Starring: Will Ferrell, Gael Garcia Bernal
MPAA Rating: Rated R
WILL FERRELL has come a long way since his days on Saturday Night Live, crossing over from television icon to motion picture star.
Ferrell most recently starred in the acclaimed independent feature Everything Must Go, directed by Dan Rush. Based on a Raymond Carver short story, Ferrell portrays an alcoholic who has relapsed and in turn loses his wife and job. In an attempt to start over, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn where he discovers a new neighbor may be the key to his recovery. This dramatic departure from comedies for Ferrell premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Ferrell also recently lent his voice as the title character super villain, Megamind in the Dreamworks Animation 3-D animated film. Released last fall, Megamind also stars Brad Pitt, Tina Fey and Jonah Hill, and went on to make over $140 million in the domestic box office.
Prior to Megamind, Ferrell was seen opposite Mark Wahlberg, as he collaborated with his long-time producing and writing partner, Adam McKay to release the buddy-cop film, The Other Guys. The film went on to make over $100 million domestically.
In 2009, Ferrell debuted on Broadway by headlining the sold out, one-man comedy show You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush. Nominated for a Tony Award in the "Best Special Event" category and directed by Adam McKay, Ferrell perfected his infamous Saturday Night Live character "President George W. Bush" in this show that Daily Variety called "consistently funny." At the end of its Broadway run, Ferrell performed the show in its entirety live on HBO.
In 2007, Ferrell and McKay founded the popular and award-winning video website Funnyordie.com. With hundreds of exclusive celebrity videos and a steady stream of huge viral hits, Funny Or Die has become the "place to be seen" for comedic celebrities, and the obvious destination for a daily comedy fix. The site's first video, "The Landlord," has received over 78 million views and features Ferrell confronted by a swearing, beer-drinking two-year-old landlord. The site averages over 7 million unique viewers per month and over 24 million video views per month.
Soon thereafter, Ferrell and McKay joined forces to open their own production company, Gary Sanchez Productions. Gary Sanchez is in production on the third season of the dark HBO comedy series, Eastbound and Down starring Danny McBride who will be co-writing with director Jody Hill, as well as the new Comedy Central show Big Lake. Additionally, he and McKay produced Virginity Hit a chronicled adventure of four teenage boys set out to experience the terrifying rite of passage: losing their virginity. Virginity Hit is scheduled to release domestically in September.
Thus far, Gary Sanchez supported the 2006 Sundance hit The Foot Fist Way starring McBride (Tropic Thunder), who also co-wrote with director Hill, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard starring Jeremy Piven, and Step Brothers which earned over $100 million domestically. In 2006 Ferrell starred in the hit comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby with co-stars John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen. Earning nearly $150 million at the U.S. box office, the film became the season's #1 comedy (non-animated) and continues to set records on DVD.
In the summer of 2004, Ferrell starred in the cult comedy Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy for DreamWorks Pictures. Produced by Judd Apatow, Ferrell co-wrote the script with McKay. Ferrell portrayed Ron Burgundy, a 1970s anchorman with an inflated ego threatened by the arrival of an ambitious female newscaster who, unlike him, has mastered journalism.
Ferrell starred for seven seasons on Saturday Night Live in 2002, having taken the nation by storm during "Indecision 2000" by his portrayal of President George W. Bush on the show. Some of his most memorable SNL characters include Craig the Spartan Cheerleader, musical middle school teacher Marty Culp, and President George W. Bush. Among his many impressions are Janet Reno, Alex Trebek, Neil Diamond and the late, great Chicago Cubs sportscaster Harry Caray. His work on SNL earned two Emmy nominations in 2001 (Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program).
Ferrell's previous film credits include Zoolander, Elf, the Woody Allen feature Melinda and Melinda, Old School, and the screen adaptation of The Producers, which earned Ferrell his first Golden Globe nomination in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor. In 2007, Ferrell earned his second Golden Globe nomination (Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical) for his portrayal of IRS agent Harold Crick in Stranger Than Fiction.
A testament to his impact on the American comedic landscape, Ferrell was recently named the recipient of the 2011 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The award recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in the same vein as social commentator, satirist, and creator of memorable characters, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). Previous recipients of the prize include comedy greats such as the late Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Tina Fey.
Raised in Irvine, California, Ferrell attended USC and graduated with a degree in sports information. Upon graduation, he worked as a sportscaster on a weekly show broadcast over a local cable channel. Soon after, he enrolled in acting classes and stand-up comedy workshops at a nearby community college and was eventually asked to join the esteemed comedy/improv group The Groundlings after just one year of training. It was at The Groundlings that Ferrell was discovered for Saturday Night Live.
Having worked as an actor in his native Mexico since childhood, GAEL GARCIA BERNAL made his feature film debut in Alejandro Gonzalez's Academy Award®-nominated "Amores Perros. His breakthrough performance in the universally acclaimed film earned him a Silver Ariel Award (Mexico's equivalent of the Oscar) as well as a Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, both as Best Actor.
Gael Garcia Bernal's next film role was in another globally celebrated feature, Alfonso Cuaron's Academy AwardÂ®-nominated "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (And Your Mother Too), starring opposite his lifelong friend Diego Luna. For their performances, the two friends were jointly voted the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice International Film Festival. In 2008 he starred alongside Diego Aluna again in "Rudo y Cursi."
He subsequently starred in the title role of Carlos Carrera's Academy Award-nominated romantic drama "El Crimen del padre Amaro" (The Crime of Father Amaro). His performance earned him the Silver Goddess Award for Best Actor from the Mexican Cinema Journalists, as well as a nomination from the Chicago Film Critics' Association for Most Promising Performer.
Since 2004, Gael Garcia Bernal has starred in important films like "Diarios de una Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries") directed by Walter Salles, "La Mala Educacion" (Bad Education) directed by Pedro Almodovar and "Babel" directed by Alejandro Gonzalez IÃ±arritu.
In addition to acting, Gael Garcia Bernal has taken on the roles of both director and producer. He founded the production company Canana, with his close friend, actor Diego Luna and producer Pablo Cruz((. Canana was established)) in order both to further the awareness of the popularity of Mexican Cinema and to prove that Mexican Independent films can find local audiences as well.
Recently Bernal starred in "Limits of Control" (Los limites del control) with Tilda Swinton and directed by Jim Jarmusch. He also starred in "Even the Rain" and "Mammoth" (Mamut) with Michelle Williams and directed by Lukas Moodysson, and "Letters to Juliet" (Cartas a Julieta) with Amanda Seyfriend. Next up, Gael will star in "Casa de Mi Padre" (House of My Father) with Will Ferrell and Diego Luna.
DIEGO LUNA was introduced to worldwide audiences with his starring role in the award-winning "Y Tu Mama Tambien," alongside life-long friend Gael Garcia Bernal for director Alfonso Cuaron. Beginning his professional acting career on stage at the age of seven and making his television debut at age twelve in "El Abuelo Y Yo," Luna has appeared on stage in such theater productions as "De Pelicula, La Tarea" (based on Jame Hurnberto Hermosillo's movie of the same name), "Comedia Clandtina" and "El Cantaro Roto," for which he accepted the 1996-1997 "Masculine Revelation Award" from the Association of Theatre Reviewers. Under the direction of Antonio Serrano ("Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas"), he performed Sabina Berman's "Moliere." He produced "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare" in Mexico for which he won the 2001-2002 "Best Comic Actor" award from the Association of Theatre Reviewers.
Luna's feature film directorial debut, "Abel", premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. "Abel" is a heartwarming story about a peculiar young boy who assumes the role of "Man of the house" and the positive impact his actions have on the family and their unity.
Luna and Bernal most recently reunited as actors in Carlos Cuaron's "Rudo y Cursi." Luna recently starred in the award-winning "Milk" opposite Sean Penn for director Gus Van Sant. He also enjoyed a successful run on stage as an actor and producer in John Malkovich's "The Good Canary."
Luna directed the documentary "Chavez" that premiered at 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. The film explores the life of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, whose rise from humble circumstances to thirty-seven world title fights mirrored the struggle of his people and allowed him to win the hearts of the world. Chavez was created under the banner of Canana, the international film and television production company based in Mexico City that Luna founded with Bernal and Pablo Cruz. The company focuses on story-based projects of Latin American origin, with a worldwide market perspective. Canana's main objective is not only to develop projects that serve their needs as actors, but also to open doors to new talent and produce film and television projects with a contemporary vision. Canana recently produced Luna's film "ABEL" and Bernal's directorial debut. Canana's "Deficit" premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2007.
Luna's additional feature films include Harmony Korine's "Mister Lonely," "Before Night Falls" for director Julian Schnabel, Luis Estrada's "Ambar", Erwin Neumaier's "Un Hilito De Sangre", Gabriel Retes' "Un Dulce Olor A Meute," Marisa Sistach's "El Cometa," Fernando Sarinana's "Todo El Poder," "Criminal" for Stephen Soderbergh and George Clooney's Section Eight Productions, "The Terminal" for director Steven Spielberg, "Solo Dios Sabe" ("What God Knows,") "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," "Open Range" alongside director and star Kevin Costner, "Frida" opposite Salma Hayek for director Julie Taymor, "Carambola," "Fidel" (for Showtime), "Ciudades Oscuras," and "Soldados de Salamina" for director David Trueba. Additionally, Luna has starred in a number of short films made by students at CUEC and CCC, including Javier Bourges' "El Ultimo Fin Del Ano", the Oscar-winning short film.
Luna currently resides in Mexico City.
Cast (in credits order)
Will Ferrell ... Armando
Diego Luna ... Raul
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Miguel Ernesto
Genesis Rodriguez ... Sonia
Efren Ramirez ... Esteban
Adrian Martinez ... Manuel
Gael García Bernal ... Onza
Manuel Urrego ... Officer Blancardo
Nick Offerman ... DEA Agent Parker
Jerry Collins ... DEA Agent #2
Louis Carazo ... Young Miguel Ernesto
Sandra Echeverría ... Miguel Ernesto's Wife
Elijah Velarde ... Young Armando
Alejandro Patino ... Hector
Eduardo Ricard ... Old Friend #1
Pedro Lopez ... Old Friend #2
James Victor ... Old Friend #3
William Marquez ... Doctor
Dan Haggerty ... Himself
José Luis Rodríguez 'El Puma' ... El Puma / Wedding Singer
Eric Leiderman ... Band Member #1
Patricia Guggenheim ... Band Member #2
Robert Dassie ... Band Member #3 (as Bob Dassie)
Mariann Gavelo ... Esmeralda
Molly Shannon ... Sheila
Gayle Sherman ... Margarite
Thomas Rosales Jr. ... Friend George
Armando Guerrero ... Father Guizman