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Will Ferrell And Mardi Gras

February 20, 2012 by staff 

Will Ferrell And Mardi Gras, Between his “Saturday Night Live” days and his long list of feature films — ranging from “Anchorman” and “Elf” to “Old School” and “The Other Guys” — it’s safe to say Will Ferrell has seen his share of wrap parties. None, however, will compare — in size or in sheer insanity — to the one he attends Sunday night (Feb. 19) after finishing work on the political comedy “The Campaign.”

Principal photography wrapped Thursday (Feb. 16) on the recently renamed Warner Bros. picture, which has been shooting in New Orleans since mid-November under the working title “Dog Fight.” Sunday night, Ferrell says goodbye to the city by reigning as Bacchus XLIV, an honor that will see him taking to the streets to lead the local superkrewe’s annual Carnival parade.

It will mark the first Carnival experience for the California-born cutup. “I don’t know what to expect,” he said Wednesday afternoon during a break in shooting on the film’s Algiers set. “I do have to say, everybody is coming up to me and … they have the same speech pattern: They go, ‘Have you been here before for Mardi Gras?’ And I say, ‘No.’ Then they pause. ‘Oh. You’re going to have a good time.’

“It’s slightly ominous, almost like it’s going to be fraternity hazing or something. But I don’t know what to expect. I’m not going to try to predict (what happens), and I think it’s going to be crazy and fun.”

In “The Campaign” — directed by Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents,” “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”) and set for an Aug. 10 release — Ferrell plays a dunderheaded congressman named Cam Brady who is locked in a take-no-prisoners re-election campaign against a dunderheaded newcomer.

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