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Will Ferrell talks to Long Island kids

Actor Will Ferrell met with Kidsday reporters John

Actor Will Ferrell met with Kidsday reporters John Buffolino, left, Sofia Mangione, Nina Martellacci and Shane Liebler. Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We met actor and comedian Will Ferrell when he was in Manhattan recently. We are big fans of his movies, especially the Daddy’s Home” movies, “Kicking and Screaming” and “Stepbrothers.”

When did you realize you wanted to become an actor?

I didn’t really think about it until after I graduated from college. Looking back I always enjoyed watching comedies and watching movies, and I enjoyed being funny with my friends, but I didn’t really think about it until I was done with college and thought I should try this out. That is when I started taking acting classes and doing some stand-up comedy. I found out about a theater in Los Angeles called The Groundlings, which is really famous for sketch comedy and improvisational acting. A lot of people who have been on “Saturday Night Live” have come from The Groundlings. I went through their school, and that is where I was discovered when I got the audition for “Saturday Night Live.”

We really liked the soccer movie “Kicking and Screaming,” but we also know that you like baseball. Would you ever want to make a baseball movie?

Sure, you never know. It is all about what the idea is and whether there is a funny script or an interesting script. That could be a possibility.

What is the best part about being an actor?

I think the best part is that it is always interesting because every movie is different and you are always working with different group of people. And you meet so many new people for the first time. You get to shoot in different locations, so it is always different and exciting. I feel lucky because a lot of people don’t have jobs like that. It is never boring.

If you could make a sequel to a movie that you have done, which one would it be?

We made a sequel to “Anchorman,” and that was really fun. I was in a sequel to “Zoolander.” Maybe “Stepbrothers”? It might be too old for you guys to watch.

We really liked both “Daddy’s Home” movies. Would you make a third?

I would make a third one. It is always fun to work with Mark Wahlberg. It is the third movie we have done together and to work with John Lithgow, who played my dad, and Mel Gibson, who played Mark’s dad, it was really fun. All the actors get along great, but we would have to think about what that new idea would be. That would be interesting. A lot of times, if you just make a second or third movie of the original and it is not a good idea, a lot of people say, “Oh, I really liked the first movie, but the second one — nah!” We don’t want to do that.

Did you ever want to do baseball as a career instead of acting?

No. I am not a good enough baseball player. There was a time where I was a field goal kicker for football in high school. I thought maybe if I can play in college that would be fun. But I wasn’t good enough. Oh, well.

Would you rather your kids become actors or baseball players?

It wouldn’t matter, as long as they were happy. They are very hard things to try and pursue, but if you have a realistic expectation, then that is OK. I want them to go for whatever job they want to do. If they want to be a belly dancer or an airplane pilot or a clown at the circus, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as they are happy.

How long do you plan to continue to act?

I plan to continue as long as someone will continue to hire me.

You starred for so many years on “Saturday Night Live.” Do you miss it?

It is now 15 years ago that I was on “Saturday Night Live.” I don’t think about it that much. There are times when I will be watching the show and I think of a sketch idea, and then I will miss it in that moment. I loved the time that I was there, but that was a really fun but hard job, so I only miss it every now and then.

We read that it is your dream to play Simon Cowell. Why would you want to play him?

I don’t know! I must have been joking. That is really not a dream of mine. I think I just made that up.

What is your next movie going to be?

The next movie will come out next year sometime. Have you ever read Sherlock Holmes? He is British detective. Myself and John C. Reilly, who was in “Talledaga Nights,” are playing Sherlock Holmes and Watson. We are doing it all with English accents, and we shot it in London. That will come out a year from now in November.

Lori Shyman’s sixth-grade class, Clarke Middle School, Westbury

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