Will Ferrell shares why he sought out the ‘small parts’ of SNL

Will Ferrell has long been a Hollywood star, but the ‘Spirited’ actor still fondly remembers the supporting roles that helped him build his career.

In a Thursday interview with “Hot Ones” host Sean Evans, the “Elf” star recalled his time on “Saturday Night Live,” where he was a cast member from 1995 to 2002. While munching on spicy chicken wings with Evans, Ferrell said it was the humble characters that helped push his comedic prowess into the spotlight.

“I made it a point to say to the writers, ‘I don’t care, cast me in a super small role,’ because some of the actors found that offensive,” he told Evans. “I just said, ‘I’m delivering a pizza on the scene,’ and, you know, if you need someone just because it’s supporting me. But it’s also just an opportunity to potentially have a laugh.”

During his time on Saturday Night Live, Ferrell thrived in leading and supporting roles and became an easy scene thief. The actor’s memorable roles included Gene “More Cowbell” Frenkle and clerk Dale (yes, that Dale with those patriotic swim trunks).

At the beginning of the interview with Evans, Ferrell said he “just loved” being part of the “Saturday Night Live” ensemble. The actor also spoke to the Hot Ones host about his film Spirited, in which he stars alongside Ryan Reynolds.

In the film, Ferrell and Reynolds perform the musical number “Good Afternoon” – which includes a tap dancing routine. Ferrell spoke to The Times in November about learning to tap dance for the scene.

“Other steps you can learn at quarter or half speed and then go full speed. But tap, you have to go full speed from the start to get that sound, there’s no small steps,” he said. “We ended up enjoying it, but we really pushed each other in ways we never thought we could.”

Spirited is now streaming on Apple TV+.

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