Will Ferrell, buffoonish step-dad in Daddy's Home, says own kids unimpressed by fame
In his new comedy Daddy's Home, Will Ferrell's mild-mannered step-dad character, pitted against his kids' biological father Mark Wahlberg, goes on to goad the latter by blurting out: "I'm gonna hurt you, bitch."
It's supposed to be funny because the kids are watching and also because Ferrell has radiated a gentle, hokey vibe for most of the film, which sees step-dad battle "real" dad for the children's affection.
Daddy's Home is classic Ferrell, fitting into his over-the-top, buffoonish, sometimes-offensive brand of humour that's been well-established in flicks like The Other Guys (also opposite Wahlberg), Get Hard, Step Brothers, Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Old School.
Ferrell thoughtful, low-key in person
While the onscreen Ferrell often goes below the belt for laughs, what's the off-screen Ferrell like? Surprisingly, he's low-key, thoughtful and generous with his answers.
While in Toronto this week for a special screening of Daddy's Home, the comedian took his time to share thoughts about lessons from his father ("He was mild-mannered") as well as the approach he takes with his three sons.
Ferrell is thankful, for instance, that his kids are not impressed or wooed by fame and acknowledges that it isn't easy raising a healthy, happy brood.
"Xanax," he deadpans, with the expert delivery earning a burst of laughter from the red carpet.
Watch Will Ferrell talk about parenting in the video above.