Will Ferrell and Zach Galfianakis have been going on tour promoting their new comedy The Campaign. Their whistlestop tour has hit several major cities, and we got them in Los Angeles. This wasn’t the usual official press conference. They took the stage at The Grove shopping mall and played to the crowd set up in bleachers on the pavilion. We only got to ask one question, but it didn’t matter. It was the Will and Zach show.
Zach Galifianakis: Thank you, everyone. Thank you so much.
Will Ferrell: Thank you for coming out to the historic Grove.
Zach Galifianakis: Yes, thank you, where even the homeless people are fake.
Will Ferrell: Since 1850 when the Gap family discovered this sacred plot of land.
Zach Galifianakis: Baby Gap family.
Will Ferrell: Sorry, I stand corrected.
Zach Galifianakis: I’ve actually hijacked the tram a couple of times.
Why is now the right time for The Campaign?
Will Ferrell: Well, it helps that there is, I believe, a presidential election happening in, is it December? When does it take place?
Zach Galifianakis: Uh, November.
Will Ferrell: November, and with the state of how crazy politics are getting, we thought it would be a very timely and funny way to make fun of politics.
Who is Marty Huggins and what is he all about?
Zach Galifianakis: Well, thank you for asking. That’s a wonderful question.
Will Ferrell: It was a great question.
Zach Galifianakis: Marty Huggins is a guy that is kind of a black sheep of his family who comes from a political family that they have all kind of ostracized [him.] But because he has a family name and there is an incumbent, they put him to challenge Cam’s campaign because there is a family recognition. It’s like putting a Kennedy up there in North Carolina. So I’m kind of a fish out of the water when it comes to the political game, and I think Will’s character is very savvy at it.
And Cam Brady? Who is he and what’s he for?
Will Ferrell: Cam Brady is for anything that will get him elected. He is a four time incumbent who, there’s whispers that he is 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 really have to work too hard. He has some shortcomings, a little bit of a philandering politician and that opens the door for Marty to begin his campaign.
Which real politicians do you mention in the movie?
Will Ferrell: Well, I think that the movie is a collection. We’re making fun of all of them. I think you’ll see shades of a lot of different politicians that we’re poking fun at.
Did you each ad lib within the moment on the days you were shooting?
Will Ferrell: I don’t think we can.
Zach Galifianakis: Yeah, I can’t think of anything right now.
Will Ferrell: I don’t think legally.
Zach Galifianakis: I’m having a hard time thinking of anything.
Will Ferrell: I just want to thank all those people sitting out in the hot sun over there.
Zach Galifianakis: Yes, and I also would like to thank the photographers here for coming out.
Will Ferrell: Yeah, the hardest working group of people in entertainment are the photographers who follow you wherever you go.
CraveOnline: Did you go out for the role of Marty and Cam respectively, or was there ever a chance Zach could play Cam and Will could play Marty?
Will Ferrell: I auditioned for Batman and Warner Brothers said it was already taken.
Zach Galifianakis: And I auditioned for Fatman and that was taken also.
Will, you’ve been honored by The Kennedy Center and…
Will Ferrell: Yes, I have. I’ve been honored by The Kennedy Center, Zach.
Zach Galifianakis: I got honored once by Souplantation.
You’ve rubbed shoulders with politicians. Do you each have a message for Washington?
Will Ferrell: My message to Washington is stop screwing around! That’s my message.
Zach Galifianakis: That’s okay. It’s better that I don’t answer.
How dirty does it get on the campaign in the movie?
Will Ferrell: Well, it gets fairly dirty. I think politics has gotten vulgar and we comedically portray that.
How do you guys plan on getting the Latino vote?
Will Ferrell: Zach and I have been spending a lot of time with Ricky Martin lately. Zach?
Zach Galifianakis: We were at Carlos Santana’s house last night. He was helpful. Who else did we hang out with, Will? Garrison Keillor, big Hispanic. No? Nothing? Good.
Will Ferrell: Poquito Mas. We eat a lot of Poquito Mas.
What politicians are ripe for the picking right now?
Will Ferrell: I think with Congress’s approval rating below 20 percent…
Will Ferrell: Oh 10, it’s at 10? Nice. I think that’s what they were going for. I think there’s tons of fodder there. With the presidential race, there’s always a camera on the two candidates so there’s plenty of opportunity to make fun of both guys.
What is the audience in store for on August 10?
Will Ferrell: Zach?
Zach Galifianakis: We’re hoping the audience enjoys it. It’s poking fun at the political system. There’s very good jokes in it and also there’s a little bit of a message that doesn’t swing right or left. It’s just a good message for the American people at home I think.
What would you each do if you won?
Will Ferrell: If we won what? A new car?
Will Ferrell: I would do exactly what the congresspeople are doing right now, nothing. I’d just hang out in Washington, go to great restaurants.
Zach Galifianakis: Maybe go to a ribbon cutting at an Arby’s or Six Flags.
Will Ferrell: Actually, that would be great, to do an amusement park tour throughout the country.
Zach Galifianakis: Make it legal to take a left on red.
Zach Galifianakis: Big fans of left on red.
Will Ferrell: We’ve got to get that done. I think that’s on the ballot this year, prop 89, Left on Red.
Zach Galifianakis: I didn’t realize there was a whole [cheering section.]
Will Ferrell: This was a setup for the Left on Red crowd. Who knew? Left on Red! Left on Red! Left on Red!
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis: Left on Red! Left on Red!
Zach Galifianakis: Left on Red.
What are you going to be doing on this whistlestop tour?
Will Ferrell: We are going all over the country promoting the movie Ted. Then we’ll be talking about The Campaign. We’re going to Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle. Seattle’s already passed Left on Red so they’re ahead of us. San Francisco, Philadelphia.
Zach Galifianakis: Toronto, D.C.
Will Ferrell: Birmingham, Orlando, San Antonio, Kansas City. Juno, Alaska I think we’re going. So we’re really covering a lot of territory. Maybe when we come back, Left on Red will be a reality.