Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis Promote The Campaign By Slapping, Hazing Reporters

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While preparing to for today’s press junket for The Campaign, I rewatched the above Will Ferrell episode of Zach Galifianakis‘ “Between Two Ferns.” It’s a surreal, supremely awkward, hilarious exchange. And it will give you a very good idea of how my afternoon went down (minus the Jon Hamm cameo, unfortunately). Not that I’m complaining, mind you.

Before it was my turn to interview Galifianakis and Ferrell, who play absurdly inept rivals in a North Carolina congressional campaign, I and the rest of the reporters were treated to the sight of an interview that happened earlier in the day: After one interviewer asked about a scene in which Dylan McDermott (as an assassin-like campaign manager) slaps Galifianakis, Ferrell stood up and demonstrated … by slapping the reporter. We even got the scene in slo-mo. (I’m waiting for this clip to go viral, though it hasn’t surfaced yet. So, yeah, I was bracing myself for my own exchange with these two.

What went down? Well, no one was physically assaulted. But let’s just say I didn’t get to a lot of my hard-hitting questions. Was it because they hate talking to reporters? Not at all. They just get a kick out of keeping that Will-and-Zach show going for as long as possible. Stay tuned for the full report — and video — soon!

Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in The Campaign

[Photo: Warner Bros.]