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Will Ferrell will put on the dunce cap once again. According to Deadline, TriStar has purchased The Yank, in which he’ll play a mild-mannered insurance courier who finds himself in the middle of a heist to steal the crown jewels. Since the large majority of us don’t stumble our way into the middle of gigantic, illicit conspiracies, it’s safe to say that Ferrell’s latest character won’t be the brightest bulb in the box. In fact, Ferrell has made a career of playing dim-witted dunderheads. Even his ostensibly smart characters are clearly lacking a couple thousand brain cells. But which is the dumbest dope that Ferrell has ever played? We’ve decided to rank all of Ferrell’s idiots in ascending order of stupidity.
Megamind is actually a genius, albeit an evil one, so he gets the top spot. However, he is a dope when he comes to relationships.
Harold Crick (Stranger Than Fiction)
Sacrificing your life in the name of great art is quite an academic pursuit, so cheers.
Det. Allen Gamble (The Other Guys)
Under a slightly frumpy and dopey exterior is actually the mind of a pretty gifted detective. In any case, you have to be doing something smart to attract Eva Mendez.
Buddy isn’t stupid as he is just lost in a world that isn’t constantly running in full-on Christmas mode. The North Pole is a long sleigh ride away from Manhattan.
Chazz Michael Michaels (Blades of Glory)
It does take some smarts to weasel your way back into a sport you were banned from. Too bad the tapes of him figure skating with Jon Heder will exist on the internet forever. That’s quite the oversight.
Dr. Rick Marshall (Land of the Lost)
Marshall is actually a gifted scientist, but for all of his fancy book learning, he does lack an incredible amount of common sense.
Phil Weston (Kicking and Screaming)
Getting that wrapped up in pee-wee soccer, the least worthy pee-wee sport there is, is almost criminally stupid.
Cam Brady (The Campaign)
Cam Brady nearly makes real politicians seem smart…nearly.
Jackie Moon (Semi-Pro)
In Jackie Moon’s world, wrestling a bear is a good way of promoting your failing basketball franchise.
Mustafa (Austin Powers)
He’s quite the survivor (“I’ve been very badly burned”), but if you can only take three questions before spilling clandestine info, then you’re the worst henchman possible.
Steve Butabi (A Night at the Roxbury)
These club-addicted idiots have nothing rattling around their heads beyond velour suits and Haddaway’s “What is Love.”
Brennan Huff (Step Brothers)
Brennan is probably the biggest and most spoiled man-child ever produced by the Ferrell and McKay tag team.
Ron Burgundy (Anchorman)
Ron is pretty close to the top. Fortunately enough for him, though, the rest of the world surrounding him is nearly as stupid as he is.
Frank “The Tank” Rickard (Old School)
Frank the Tank is definitively the stupidest person Will Ferrell has ever played. He somehow manages to shoot himself with a rhino tranquilizer just in time to ruin a kid’s birthday party.