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Adam McKay wonders about why Will Ferrell’s split was so eclipsed by the climate crisis

Adam McKay wonders about why Will Ferrell’s split was so eclipsed by the climate crisis

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
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The breaking up of two best friends and coworkers became more important than climate change last week. Not exactly, but many people (including the incredible staff here at The A.V. Club) took a keen interest in the split between comedy star Will Ferrell and his AnchormanDirector Adam McKay.

McKay, who just made a movie about America’s disinterest in actually engaging with and solving the climate crisis, doesn’t get why people are more interested in his breakup with Ferrell, which is generating more headlines than imminent water graves.

“It’s kind of crazy to see how much has been reported on this,” McKay told The Hollywood Reporter. “We made Don’t Look UpTo hopefully get people talking about climate crisisliterally the biggest threat to life in human history —and to see so much made about two comedy guys not talking about a TV show is a scary sign of our times.”

McKay was able to accept and go into detail about their relationship. “I love Ferrell. Will always. He was the best friend I ever had. Yes, I wish I had talked to him about it out of respect, but we were both focused on our new companies and life just took over.”

As reported in a Vanity Fair profile of McKay, tensions in their partnership boiled over when the director hired Ferrell’s friend and frequent collaborator John C. Reilly to play L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss in an upcoming TV seriesFerrell. According to McKay, “I fucked up on how I handled that.”

The news of their split led to a lot more curiosity about their partnership which produced three major, influential comedies in the 2000s. Anchorman, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers.

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The aftermath of the split wasn’t “chummy.”

“I kept trying to frame it like, ‘Hey, it’s OK. It’s its natural conclusion,’ but as I would say it, it didn’t quite feel right,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It felt like a breakup. I’m looking forward to when the dust has settled. I’d love to just go watch a Lakers game with him and kick back and get back to our old kind of rhythm. But, yeah, I can’t lie, at the end of it, we were both kind of bummed out.”

They did however split. SuccessionThey also share an executive producer credit for the book. And that’s just good business anyway you slice it.

We hope they can forget the past and move on, just like everyone else. The Other Guys.

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