Ferrell Gives 'SNL's' New Dubya An A!
By Michael Ausiello,
TV Guide Online - 10/18/02
Among the 8 million people who
watched Chris Parnell's debut as George W. Bush last weekend
on "Saturday Night Live' was his wildly popular presidential
predecessor, Will Ferrell. Now, for the first time, the 35-year-old
funnyman - who left NBC's sketch comedy in May to focus on his
film career - casts a vote of support for his replacement.
"I thought he was fantastic,"
Ferrell tells TV Guide Online, adding that he had no inkling
exec producer Lorne Michaels was going to elect Parnell as the
new commander in chief. "I was pleasantly surprised. I think
Chris is kind of a surprising choice, but once I saw it, great
After spending three years in
the Oval Office, Ferrell knows a thing or two about the polysyllabically-challenged
leader of the free world. So, does he have any pointers for Parnell?
"Just have a lot of fun with it." Pausing, he adds:
"And they might have gone a little too heavy on the make-up.
That's the only thing I noticed." (An "SNL" rep
declined to say whether Parnell will take one less powder next
Three weeks into "SNL's"
28th season, Ferrell - a grad of L.A.'s famed comedy troupe,
the Groundlings - has no regrets about quitting the show he called
home for seven seasons. "No, none whatsoever," he insists.
"I left when I wanted to go, but I'm happy with the new
show. I continue to watch."
In the meantime, there's good
news for "SNL" fans wishing that a recount of some
hanging chads would bring Ferrell back to the screen: Come January,
the actor will appear opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in
the "Animal House"-style comedy "Old School."
And later this year, he starts work on "Elf" - a Jon
Favreau-directed holiday film in which Ferrell plays a human
raised as an elf in Santa's workshop. And what about another
TV gig? "I'm the new center square on 'Hollywood Squares,'"
he deadpans. "Just kidding."
Somewhere, Alec Baldwin isn't