Will Ferrell has revealed the reason there won’t ever be an Elf 2.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the actor, who played Buddy the Elf in the holiday classic, said he wouldn’t be able to promote a second movie from an ‘honest place’.
He explained: “I would have had to promote the movie from an honest place, which would’ve been, like, ‘Oh no, it’s not good. I just couldn’t turn down that much money’. And I thought, ‘Can I actually say those words? I don’t think I can, so I guess I can’t do the movie’.”
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Ferrell’s comments come after it’s been reported that the comedian would have had a $29million offer to reprise the iconic role.
However, as reported by The Daily Beast, there’s more to the story, as it’s believed that the 54-year-old may have had an issue with someone on set.
James Caan, who played Buddy the Elf’s dad, Walter, has reportedly claimed that Ferrell didn’t get along with filmmaker Jon Favreau when making the original.
The co-star apparently told 92.3 The Fan: “We were gonna do it, and I thought ‘Oh my God, I finally have a franchise movie. I can make some money, let my kids do what the hell they want to do’.
“The director and Will didn’t get along very well. Will wanted to do it, and he didn’t want the director. He had it in his contract.
“It was one of those things.”
Elf’s director, Favreau, has reportedly also said that making a sequel could be a ‘big gamble’.
He commented: “In the beginning, there was talk of a sequel, and it never came to be, probably for the best as now it exists as its own thing. But it comes up.
“I hear from the studio who pitch me different takes on it. There is part of me that wonders if there’s anything to be done to follow-up Elf, but I think a straight sequel is probably not the right move.”
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