Movie Fanatic is meeting Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell at Los Angeles’ The Grove to talk about The Campaign and why now is a terrific time to put out a political parody.
“It helps, I believe, that there’s a presidential election happening in… is it December?” Ferrell asks his co-star.
“November…” Galifianakis corrected.
“November, yes -- and with the state of how crazy politics is getting, we thought it would be a very timely and funny way to make fun of politics. I think politics has gotten vulgar and we comedically portray that,” Ferrell said.
“With the presidential race, there’s always a camera on the two candidates, there’s plenty of opportunity to make fun of both guys.”
Director Jay Roach's (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents) comedy nails the political process circa 2012, as so impeccably shown in The Campaign red band trailer. It features Ferrell’s Cam Brady, a four-term incumbent who has been unopposed for years. For this election, the most unlikely of candidates has emerged, Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins.
“Marty Huggins is a guy who is a black sheep of his family. It’s a political family from which he has been ostracized. Because he has the family name and there’s an incumbent, Cam Brady (Ferrell), they pick him to challenge Cam’s campaign because there is a family recognition,” Galifianakis said.
“It’s like putting a Kennedy up there in North Carolina. I’m a fish out of water when it comes to the political game and Will’s character is very savvy at it.”
When it comes to Brady, Ferrell believes that his character is much like those inhabiting the halls of the Capitol currently.
“Cam Brady is up for anything that will get him elected,” Ferrell admitted.
“He is a four-time incumbent and there’s whispers that he’s potentially going to be picked to be Vice President. That’s as high as his aspirations go. He likes the idea of being a Vice President where you don’t have to work too hard. He has some shortcomings. He's a little bit of a philandering politician and that opens the door for Marty to begin his campaign.”
The time is right for a political satire, as the public’s affinity for our elected officials in Washington is at an all-time low. “With Congress’ approval rating below twenty percent…” Ferrell said before Galifianakis corrected him.
“It’s at ten percent,” he interjects.
“Oh, good, I think that’s what they were going for,” Ferrell said and laughed.
“I think the movie is kind of a collection of making fun of all of them. You’ll see shades of a lot of different politicians we’re making fun of -- I think there’s ton of fodder there.”
Ferrell was recently honored by the Kennedy Center and got to rub shoulders with some of our country’s political elite. “Yeah, I’ve been honored by the Kennedy Center, Zach! Who have you been honored by?” Ferrell asked.
“I was honored by Souplantation,” Galifianakis said as Ferrell laughed.
The veteran of Anchorman does have a serious message for those he hob-knobbed with while recently in our nation's capital. “My message to Washington is to stop,” Ferrell said. “Stop screwing around.”
Lastly, we ask the dynamic duo, who battle so well in The Campaign posters, what they would do if they were to win a seat in Congress.
“I would do exactly what the Congress people are doing right now… nothing,” Ferrell admitted. “I’d just hang out in Washington and go to great restaurants.”
“I’d go to a ribbon cutting at Arby’s or Six Flags,” Galifianakis said. “And you know -- I’d like to make it legal to take a left on red.”