|Ferrell's peril||Apr. 9, 2007|
|Provided by: Sun Media|
|Written by: MONQUE SAVIN|
|ICE SKATING: Life and lutzes put strain on fitness-crazed actor|
Lutzes and klutzes!
That's how the film's website describes Will Ferrell's new comedy, Blades of Glory.
Ferrell has made a new movie category from his collection of sport comedies that includes Talladega Nights, Kicking and Screaming, and Semi-Pro. For this project, Ferrell, who looks like a cross between Jim Morrison of The Doors and Abba, said in video interviews on bladesofglorymovie.com he skated his face off.
"It was very ironic that you're doing this comedy kinda poking fun at the sport, but the sport itself is so incredibly hard, very humbling and you feel guilty. But, then you come back to it and you say, 'No, I'm glad I'm doing this sport.' They make it look so easy and it's one of the hardest things ever! And when you consider skating backward and forwards and then you throw in the jumps, it's insane!"
"You have wardrobe. You have the music. You have this mixture of this incredibly popular spectator sport, that you have a moment, 'God, look how serious they are.' And the breathing (he says huffing and puffing) and all the stuff and the attitude of the sport. And even though it's incredibly hard, there's just a lot of silliness there ... feathers and headbands."
In Time magazine, Ferrell says he doesn't have an acting methodology. "Preparing for a character? Uh, no."
Still, as quoted in the electronic press kit, Ferrell does his sport history homework. "They used to do men's pairs in the '50s, then it went away."
And what does he see for the future for men's pairs skating? "No lifting."
A high level of fitness gave Ferrell the edge in this physical comedy, particularly running. Few fans are aware Ferrell is a marathoner.
A vacation in Martha's Vineyard with his wife inspired a jogging tour of the town that covered seven miles. The couple figured they could take up the activity seriously and, in 2003, completed the Boston Marathon.
USA Today reported Ferrell had achieved two goals: he finished in under four hours, and he beat the guy dressed as Elvis.
Also not widely known is that prior to his tenure with Saturday Night Live and Groundling's improvisation group, Ferrell graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in sports information. He had hopes of a profession as a sports broadcaster, and even interned at NBC Sports.
Ferrell's movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy gives insight into his hilarious brand of colour commentary and why that career was short lived.
So will audiences get to see Ferrell flaunt his famously flabby fanny? There is a scene in the movie where Ferrell (as Chazz Michael Michaels) is walking on the treadmill -- as he eats -- while talking with Jon Heder, his rival turned partner, about his elite skater's body. Of course, Ferrell does so with a wink. And audiences get the joke.
A comedian can hide his own personality inside of a character, but reveals only himself when he physically bares it all. That is Will Ferrell's bottom we see streaking down the road in Old School. And while it wasn't Ferrell's intention, hours of ice-skating for Blades of Glory actually got his bum is in better shape.
Skating trains muscles many guys don't know they have, like adductors (the inner thighs). These muscles are the ones that you will feel hurt the most after your first spring in-line skate.
Generally men are concerned about training vanity muscles like the chest, biceps and back. However, adductors are important body parts that, if strong, can prevent groin injuries.
Like Ferrell's sport comedy career, his personal fitness plan explores a variety of physical activities. He's currently working on his next project, a basketball movie, Semi-Pro.
IMDB.com quotes Ferrell saying, "I'm gonna do the opposite of these kids like LeBron James who are coming out of high school and going into the NBA. I'm gonna be the first 36-year-old white guy who tries to make it in the NBA."
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