The above is a mere excerpt of my interview with Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell over the weekend. To promote their antagonistic chemistry in The Campaign, the two have been making the rounds with all sorts of awkward appearances and more awkward interviews, and I found myself at the receiving end of one of these. And I learned that while it’s easy enough to laugh at them when you’re on this side of the computer or movie screen, when you’re 6 feet away, what comes out is more nervous tittering than raucous guffaws. Well, I hope you guys can laugh at my expense, anyway.
Let me assure you, I had all sorts of actually interesting questions for them about Anchorman 2 and working with director Jay Roach and making fun of Mitt Romney. But from the moment Zach interrupted my simple warm-up question about why they work well together by pouring an entire tin of “sugar-free black currants” into his mouth, I was thrown off my game.
“They were like miniature sanitary cakes for a tiny toilet,” Ferrell declared of the candies after spitting one out. And yet Galifianakis kept them in his mouth for the next four minutes.
Finally, an answer of sorts came: “We both love soft rock, yacht rock,” Ferrell said.
“Swing Out Sister,” Galifianakis offered. “The Middle East Doobie Brothers, the Dubai Brothers.”
Aiming for more silliness, I asked what their platform would be if they ran for office in real life.
“I don’t know, but I’d wear platform shoes,” Ferrell was quick to respond. “I’d wear the tiniest little cowboy hat, pinned to the top of my head like that.”
“What would be my platform?” Galifianakis repeated, dabbing a bit of drool from his still-full mouth. “Illegalize press junkets.”