In his newest movie, Will Ferrell tackles one of the most famous music occasions in Europe: the Eurovision Song Contest.
“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” follows Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as they take part in the contest, which gave rise to acts like ABBA and Céline Dion, and welcomes artists from primarily European international locations to carry out unique songs earlier than voting determines a winner.
In a dialog with Fox Information, Ferrell, 52, admitted that “very few” followers had heard of the contest, much like himself till a few years in the past.
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“I had just seen it on our first trip to visit my wife’s family in Sweden … After dinner one night, everyone said ‘Shall we sit down and watch Eurovision?’ It was like ‘OK, what’s that?'” the funnyman recalled. “And I sat there for three hours wondering ‘What is happening here? This is amazing.'”
The “Saturday Night Live” alum stated that “the flamboyant staging” and the “eclectic” songs made it a “perfect jumping-off point for a comedy.”
Not solely did Ferrell co-write, produce and star in the movie, however he additionally carried out his personal vocals as half of the fictional music duo Hearth Saga.
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“I grew up around music, my dad’s a musician. I’ve always sang in a [comedic way] ever since my first days of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ it’s just a fun thing to do,” he stated. “…To get to sing and perform and do all that … I got to vicariously pretend that I was a performer in Eurovision, which was great.”
One of the flick’s particular moments contains appearances by a bevy of former Eurovision contestants to sing alongside Ferrell and co-stars McAdams, 41, and Dan Stevens, many of whom corroborated some of the movie’s eccentricities.
“It was amazing to get to work with some of the actual participants and entrants from previous years who show up in the movie and get to talk to them about their experience of being in Eurovision,” stated Stevens, 37. “Almost all of them said it was one of the strangest nights of their lives. It’s a truly bizarre pageant. So it’s just right to have a lot of fun with.”
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“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,” which additionally options Pierce Brosnan and Demi Lovato, is presently out there to stream on Netflix.
Fox Information’ Ashley Dvorkin and Liza Aristizabal contributed to this report