"We're just kind of two kindred souls. We were probably brothers in a past life. We just kind of click with our comedic sensibility. It really comes down to the basic thing of thinking the same thing is funny and we totally do. It's the most unique kind of relationship I have with anyone in a way." Funnyman Will Ferrell on pal and Step Brothers co-star John C. Reilly
The Elf star filmed four episodes of the hit sitcom as oddball Deangelo Vickers in place of outgoing actor Carrell, whose final episode as awkward boss Michael Scott aired in America last month (Apr11).
Ferrell recently suggested his run on the show could be extended once producers started looking at the future of the programme, revealing the odds of him becoming a full-time castmember were "looking good".
However, during an appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Thursday (12May11), Ferrell admitted he no longer plans to return to The Office.
He said, "I do have to say that the first day on the set and looking at this familiar cast who knows each other very well was slightly intimidating. (But) it's just four episodes and thus far (there are) no plans to come back."
The Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy star has been chosen by officials at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as the 2011 honouree.
Ferrell will receive the award, named after famed writer Mark Twain, at a glittering ceremony in the U.S. capital later this year (11), and the comedian is delighted with the news.
He tells Variety, "I am truly honoured to receive this distinction. I will now begin cultivating a Mark Twain-esque moustache in anticipation of the event."
Ferrell follows in the footsteps of another former Saturday Night Live (SNL) castmember in receiving the honour - Tina Fey was handed the prize in 2010.
The funnyman stunned fans after signing up to play a lonely office worker alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in the movie, and admits he loved the experience despite the film's lukewarm reception.
But Ferrell is adamant it would have been more popular had a more serious star signed up for the lead role.
He tells the Wall Street Journal, "I did Stranger Than Fiction and it wasn't like the floodgates opened and I got sent a bunch of serious dramatic roles. I don't think I got sent any...
"I liked that movie a lot, and people recognised it as a nice piece of work. That having been said, what disappoints me is that there's still a stigma attached to the fact that a comedic actor did that role.
"If it was a dramatic actor, I think that movie would have been put on more of a pedestal. I say to Marc Forster, had you cast Russell Crowe you might have gotten more credit as a director. There's an absolute bias."
The two funnymen launched 'Beardpocalypse' last month (Apr11) after Ferrell filmed a video message threat to turn barber the next time he appeared on Conan - and that appearance came on Monday night.
A stern-looking Ferrell quickly raced through pleasantries and promotion for his new movie Everything Must Go, and as O'Brien peppered him with more questions, he yelled, "Would you shut the f**k up? I'm gonna shave that beard. Guys, bring it on, let's go."
A barber's chair was then wheeled out onto the set and Ferrell handed the host a collection of vintage 1970s Playboy magazines, joking, "You're not gonna find anything shaved in there, my friend."
The Elf star then started shaving O'Brien with clippers, adding, "I've only shaved dogs before and I've done some pre-surgery shavings... Just relax, my friend... Just let the blade flow over you."
Ferrell only shaved off half of O'Brien's beard, prompting the host to exclaim, "That's horrible!"
During a commercial break, the host's beard was properly shaved and Ferrell revealed, "I made a terrible mistake," admitting he preferred his friend with a beard.
Organisers of the awards - which celebrate the best of the net - picked pop star Justin Bieber for Best Comedy Video for his April Fool's takeover of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's FunnyOrDie.com website, in which he re-posted some of his own viral videos.
Friends actress Lisa Kudrow took home two prizes for her show Web Therapy and rock band Arcade Fire claimed two Webbys for the Wilderness Downtown music video.
Late night TV host Conan O'Brien was also honoured for Best Celebrity or Fan Website, while Ferrell and McKay's site nabbed nine of its own.
The prizes will be handed out in a ceremony in New York City on 13 June (11).
The 15th Annual Webby Awards announced their winners today and, well, there's not too much surprise here. Apparently, the main factor in determining if someone deserves a Webby or not is the level of their fame. This years winners include Justin Bieber, Lisa Kudrow and Zach Galifiankis, among others. Regarding websites, Funny or Die unsurprisingly led the way, considering they're pretty much hilarious in everything they do. Anyway, check out the complete list below:
Winners in Multiple Categories: Funny Or Die (8), Google Creative Labs (5), Wieden+Kennedy (4), @radical.media (4), Discovery Communications (4), Goodby,Silverstein & Partners (4), MLB Advanced Media, LP (3), The New York Times (3), TED.com (3), ESPN (3), AOL (3).
Winners boasting star-power include:
Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy,” (Best Comedy: Long Form, and Best Individual Performance in an Online Video)
Adrian Grenier’s Shft.com (Webby Award and People’s Voice Award)
Arcade Fire’s “The Wilderness Downtown,” (Webby and People’s Voice Award for Best Experimental & Weird Video)
Conan O’Brien‘s “Team Coco,” (Webby Award and People’s Voice or Best Celebrity/Fan website)
Zach Galifianakis’ “Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis,” (Webby Award for Web Personality/Host , Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for Best Online Variety Show, Webby Award and People’s Voice Award for Best Comedy Individual Short or Episode featuring Steve Carell)
Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Darrell Hammond’s “Funny or Die’s Presidential Reunion” (directed by Ron Howard), (People’s Voice Award for Best Comedy: Long Form or Series)
Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J’s “Snoop Dogg vs. LL Cool J: The Ultimate Halo Smack Down,” (People’s Voice Award for Best Branded Entertainment)
Jim Carrey’s “Funny or Die’s Presidential Reunion,” (People’s Voice Award for Best Individual Performance in an Online Video)
Winners of Both a Webby Award and People’s Voice Award include:
2 Guys 600 Pillows
Best Use of GPS/Location Technology
Best Use of Online Media
The Johnny Cash Project
Best Use of Social Media
Old Spice Response Campaign
Best Tourism Website
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Online
Best Mobile Game
Best Celebrity/Fan Website
Best Green Website
Best Weird Website
Awkward Family Photos
Best Personal Website
What I Made
Best Web Service and Application
A list of winners in other major categories follows:
REDU (Webby Award)
Avaaz (People’s Voice Award)
Dropbox (Webby Award)
Skype (People’s Voice Award)
Best Web Personality/Host
Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifinakis (Webbys Award)
Justine Ezarik for iJustine (People’s Voice Award)
Team Coco (Webby Award and People’s Voice Award)
OpenIDEO (Webby Award)
Twitter (People’s Voice Award)
Entertainment – Tablets and Other Devices
PBS for iPad (Webby Award)
MythBusters App (People’s Voice Award)
SHFT.com (Webby Award)
Funny Or Die (Webby Award)
College Humor (People’s Voice Award)
Web Therapy (Webby Award)
Funny Or Die's Presidential Reunion - Jim Carrey as President Reagan (People’s Voice Award)
New Yorker (Webby Award)
National Geographic Magazine (People’s Voice Award)
What I Made (Webby Award)
Travel – Mobile & Applications
TripIt (Webby Award)
KAYAK Mobile for iPhone (People’s Voice Award)
Boardwalk Empire - Interactive Boardwalk (Webby Award)
Hulu (People’s Voice Award)
CNN Walk Around the World (Webby Award)
Girls Are Bad At Sound Effects (People’s Voice Award)
Rated Awesome (Webby Award)
Bed Intruder Song (People’s Voice Award)
Web Service and Application
Dropbox (Webby Award)
Awkward Family Photos (Webby Award)
The close pals attended the Los Angeles Lakers game against Dallas Mavericks and were pictured munching burgers as they cheered on their team.
But their evening took a saucy turn when pranksters working in the control booth aimed the venue's kiss-cam at the pair - obliging them to lock lips for the amusement of other fans.
And the actors proved they're willing to entertain even on a night off by leaning in for a smooch, prompting a huge cheer from the crowd as it was broadcast on giant screens in the auditorium.
Carrel's farewell to the show, as awkward boss Michael Scott, aired in America last week (28Jun11) and Ferrell, who was a guest on the special show, admits he was blown away by his friend's acting abilities in the emotional finale.
Farrell, who portrays oddball Deangelo Vickers in The Office, reveals his main objective for taking on the role was to work with his pal during his final scenes.
And the Elf star was so impressed by Carell's performance, he's convinced the actor should be a frontrunner to win a Best Actor trophy at the Primetime Emmy Awards later this year (11).
He tells Access Hollywood, "The main reason I did (The Office) was just to work with Steve in his last season. We hadn't worked together in so long, so it was wonderful to kind of join up with him again, and pretty special to be part of his last couple of weeks on the show.
"I think (the writers) did such a nice job with that last episode, of making it funny, but emotional and poignant. And if Steve doesn't win an Emmy, it's a crime. As long as I win an Emmy, that'll be fine. But if Steve doesn't, for sure, it's a crime."