Did you know that a Will Ferrell had been offered 29 million dollars to star in Elf 2, the sequel to the 2003 film Elf: An elf named Buddy, which the actor promptly refused? Now, 18 years after the fun Christmas movie, we’ve found out why the actor turned down all that money (and no, it’s not because he didn’t want to wear that yellow tights anymore).
Will Ferrell turned down a $ 29 million offer for Elf 2, and now we know why
In a recent interview with THR, Ferrell explained why he didn’t join the sequel (which for this reason was never made), titled Elf 2: Buddy saves Christmas.
As it turns out, Ferrell wasn’t a fan of the sequel’s script or story in general.
“I should have been promoting the film from an honest position, which would have been like, ‘Oh no, that’s not good. I couldn’t turn down so much money. ‘ And I thought, ‘Can I really say those words? I don’t think I can do it, so I think I can’t make the film. ‘”
Ferrell had previously explained that he “absolutely would not” reprise the role of Buddy for Elf 2, telling ad Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Liv:
“I just think it would look slightly pathetic if I tried to slip into elf pantyhose. Buddy the Middle Aged Elf “
James Caan he was willing to return for the sequel instead, but had previously revealed that the real reason the sequel was never made is because Ferrell and director Jon Favreau had had trouble working together.
“We were going to do it, and I thought ‘Oh my God, I finally have a franchise movie. I can make some money, let my kids do what the hell they want to do. ‘ The director and Will didn’t get along very well. Will wanted to do it and didn’t want the director. It was specified in his contract. It was one of those things ”.
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