Adam McKay talks past Will Ferrell friendship, reveals what ended their relationship

For well over a decade, インクルード “土曜日の夜のライブ” ミョウバン, 54, worked closely with filmmaker Adam McKay under their production company Gary Sanchez Productions to create famed flicks お気に入り “Step Brothers,” “Daddy’s Home,” “Vice” そして, ごく最近, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

しかしながら, に 2019, the duo split and released a statement that appeared to indicate the two would remain friends and creative partners — but that was far from the case.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, McKay revealed that it was a casting decision that ultimately drove a wedge between the two, despite Ferrell previously suggesting they disband Gary Sanchez Productions (GSP) on a number of occasions. 10月中, Ferrell pointed to the two havingdifferent amounts of bandwidth,” あたり the Hollywood Reporter.

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Filmmaker Adam McKay (左) revealed what led to the end of his friendship with actor Will Ferrell.

Filmmaker Adam McKay (左) revealed what led to the end of his friendship with actor Will Ferrell. (ゲッティイメージズ)

The tension between the two began building in the company in the years leading up to the split, Vanity Fair reports, with McKay and Ferrell’s team members often finding themselves at odds with one another.

Then came along a new project for McKay, AN HBO miniseries based on the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers. The filmmaker cast Ferrell, a Lakers fan himself, as Jerry Buss, the team’s owner.

The truth is, the way the show was always going to be done, it’s hyperrealistic,” McKay said, revealing Ferrell wasn’t his first choice for the role. “And Ferrell just doesn’t look like Jerry Buss, and he’s not that vibe of a Jerry Buss. And there were some people involved who were like, ‘We love Ferrell, he’s a genius, but we can’t see him doing it.’ It was a bit of a hard discussion.

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McKay instead wanted to cast Ferrell’s close friend and frequent collaborator ジョンC. Reilly, who looks more like Buss.

Didn’t want to hurt [Ferrell’s] feelings,” McKay recalled. “Wanted to be respectful.

McKay ultimately recast the role, hiring Reilly to play the part, but he didn’t give Ferrell a heads up, infuriating the actor.

McKay originally cast Ferrell (左) to play LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss (センター) but recast John C. Reilly in the role.

McKay originally cast Ferrell (左) to play LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss (センター) but recast John C. Reilly in the role. (ゲッティイメージズ)

I should have called him and I didn’t,” McKay admitted. “And Reilly did, もちろん, because Reilly, he’s a stand-up guy.

When the split was announced in 2019, Ferrell and McKay’s joint statement said they’dalways work together creatively and always be friends,” though that hasn’t been the case.

Their last interaction came that same year over the phone in a tense conversation about ending the company.

“私は言った, '上手, というのは, we’re splitting up the company,’” said McKay. “And he basically was like, 「ええ, 私たちです,’ and basically was like, ‘Have a good life.’ And I’m like, ‘f—, Ferrell’s never going to talk to me again.’ So it ended not well.

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The still-untitled miniseries has since moved under McKay’s new production company, Hyperobject Industries.

The filmmaker claimed that he’s sent emails to Ferrell, attempting to reconcile, but has yet to hear back.

I fed up on how I handled that,” 彼は言った. “It’s the old thing of keep your side of the street clean. I should have just done everything by the book.

McKay (左) and Ferrell (正しい) disbanded Gary Sanchez Productions in 2019.

McKay (左) and Ferrell (正しい) disbanded Gary Sanchez Productions in 2019. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

McKay expected the riff toblow overand was looking forward to laughing it off asbusiness junkin six months to a year.

According to McKay, Ferrelltook it as a way deeper hurt than I ever imagined and I tried to reach out to him, and I reminded him of some slights that were thrown my way that were never apologized for.

The decision sticks out like a sore thumb for McKay these days.

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Maybe there was a little shadow in there where I wasn’t able to confront a harsher, darker side of myself, that would ultimately err on the side of making the right casting choice over a lifelong friendship,” 彼は言った.

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