Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis staged a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Saturday to promote their upcoming film, “The Campaign.”
After screening footage from the political spoof, set to the Black Keys’ “Gold on the Ceiling,” the actors fielded questions from the audience – something Ferrell embraced and Galifianakis shunned. Or so they’d have you believe.
“Will loves to stop and chat, take photos,” Galifianakis said. “And I fucking hate it.”
So when one fan asked them to give a fake campaign speech in character – the two play opposing candidates in a race for a seat in Congress – it was Ferrell who stepped up to the plate.
Though he asked his comrade to go first, Galifianakis said he wasn’t good on the spot.
“I’m not gonna do it right now; I feel like the energy is not right in the room,’ he said in character, joking that the fan looked like Rachel Maddow.
So Ferrell presented his speech:
“I appreciate you coming down to Comic-Con here; it’s my first time, and I really enjoy it here. People of San Diego are full of such life; they’re so friendly. I’m ironically a huge fan of Rachel Maddow’s, as well, and it’s really great to meet you. You’re shorter than I thought you’d be in person.”
(Ferrell, in fact, appeared at Comic-Con last year for "The Other Guys" and in 2010 on behalf of his film "Mega-Mind.")
Most of the rest of the panel was spent making fun of the audience members for their questions and appearances, but there was one question that drew a real answer.
Were any political stories they based the spoof on?
“The entire Bush administration,” Galifianakis said. “That was pretty funny.”
“That was a funny eight years,” Ferrell said.