Pharrell Williams on ‘Elf’ And Having A Different Email Address Than Will Ferrell
While the holiday season may be over, the warm and fuzzy feelings we get from watching Jon Favreau's Elf never disappear. We reached out to firstname.lastname@example.org, an email account we were pretty sure belonged to the guy who starred as the titular elf, to hear about his experience making the classic Christmas flick.
Plot Twist: Will, you're a comedy icon, and Elf is no doubt one of the highlights of your career. What was it like on set for such a classic?
Will Ferrell: I'm not Will Ferrell. I'm Pharell Williams. You know, the guy who collabed with Daft Punk on Get Lucky? I've never starred in a Christmas movie.
PT: Elf was certainly not your breakout role, but it definitely expanded your reach to a wider audience. Was it weird getting so much more recognized by children after the film came out?
WF: Kids recognize me because of the Despicable Me theme song. But not because I’m an actor, specifically one who starred in Elf. That was Will Ferrell. I'll tell you what's weird: getting an email requesting an interview about my career, only to get asked a bunch of questions about a movie from 2003 I wasn't even in and haven't even seen.
PT: Elf predates Jon Favreau's ascent to one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry, thanks to his work on the MCU and Star Wars franchise. What was it like working with him so early on in his career?
WF: To reiterate, I have no idea, because I've never worked with or met the man in my life. I could probably get you his contact info though, provided you can actually copy his email address down correctly and don’t accidentally interview that guy from Pod Save America.
PT: That'd be great actually, we wanted to contact him to talk about The Mandolorian! But back to Elf, was it ever difficult to walk around the streets of New York in such ridiculous costumes?
WF: Oh, so you fuckers actually are reading my answers? You know I'm not Will Ferrell, right? Are you kidding me?
PT: All right, one last question before we have to go; do you still enjoy spaghetti with syrup?
WF: Listen, if you ever find the real Will Ferrell, can you tell him to send me back my damn Grammy for ‘Happy?’ Post office sent me his stupid Espy for Talladega Nights and I can't even pawn it on eBay for 30 bucks.