The Campaign‘s Will Ferrell, Dylan McDermott Describe Their Very Different Political Histories

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In any election year, there are moments when it’s difficult to tell the difference between real political coverage and, say, The Onion or The Daily Show. That’s precisely why director Jay Roach felt Will Ferrell’s and Zach Galifianakis’ candidates in The Campaign had to be unmistakably over the top — to make sure you can tell them apart from the comedians asking for our votes this November. But when VH1 interviewed the stars of the movie, which opens today, about their own political experiences, it turns out this movie wasn’t all about acting for them. Ferrell, for example, might be living out his failed attempt at local government.

“I was part of a committee in my neighborhood to close down all our streets and to make our own kind of encampment and take down all our doors and live as a commune,” he told us, quite seriously. “That was kind of like a local government thing.”

But alas, his campaign didn’t work. “No, no one wanted to listen to me.”

By contrast, Dylan McDermott, who plays Galifianakis’ character’s assassin-like campaign manager, once made use of his celebrity status to make a guest appearance at the Democratic National Convention, when Al Gore was nominated as the presidential candidate in 2000. That may have turned out to be the pinnacle of his political career, however.

Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott and Will Ferrell in The Campaign

“It’s hard to get behind politics nowadays,” he said. “If you look at the debates, you can’t even make that sh– up, it’s unbelievable. It’s like a Saturday Night Live skit.

“I’m a little bit apathetic, and I wish I weren’t,” he admitted. “I think maybe if you come see this movie it might help you not be so apathetic.”

Oh, we see what you did there, Dylan. You might make a clever politician after all!

And take another look at Zach and Will doing their own bizarro campaigning for the flick, by torturing yours truly:

[Photo: Warner Bros.]

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