For the better part of the current century, Don’t Look Up director Adam McKay and multi-hyphenate comedian Will Ferrell came part and parcel, co-writing such contemporary favorites as Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and The Other Guys. In 2019, however, the two released a joint statement explaining that while they would "always work together creatively and always be friends," and "recognize we are lucky as hell to end this venture as such," their production company would split. According to an interview McKay gave to Vanity Fair, however, the two have not stayed in touch since – and it was all because McKay, quote, "fucked up".
As it turns out, McKay was working on a HBO limited series about the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980s, adapted from the book Showtime by Jeff Pearlman. Ferrell, a "huge Lakers fan," was cast as Jerry Buss, the legendary manager of the team – but his casting was the source of doubt among some of those involved. "Ferrell just doesn’t look like Jerry Buss, and he’s not that vibe of a Jerry Buss," says McKay in the interview, "And there were some people involved who were like, ‘We love Ferrell, he’s a genius, but we can’t see him doing it.’" Ultimately, John C. Reilly was cast in his place.
Read more: https://collider.com/adam-mckay-will-ferrell-split-explained/
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