Anyone feel the need for a laugh? Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star in The Campaign, which follows a bozo politican (Ferrell) who’s run unopposed for years until now, when he has to face actual competition (Galifianakis) from someone equally unqualified for office. Now there’s a new trailer. Check it out.
Though Ferrell’s character obviously calls back memories of his turn as George W. Bush for Saturday Night Live and his one man show, this character has the traits of all the best Ferrell characters: a penchant for bizarre cursing and being unencumbered with the gift of self-awareness. Galifianakis seems to be riffing on one of his characters, the nice simpleton, which often comes out when he plays his fictional brother Seth. Together they make for a compelling set of people to put in a fight.
This film is directed by Jay Roach, who recently helmed Game Change for HBO, but is best known as the director behind the first two Focker movies and the Austin Powers trilogy. As a filmmaker, he’s never brought much to a project that wasn’t there to being with, but the pairing of Ferrell and Galifianakis is both inspired, and – in our current comedy universe – inevitable. The film opens August 10, and hopefully it brings the funny.
Who would you take in a comedy fight between Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis?