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Will Ferrell places a call as he steps out for coffee

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Will Ferrell places a call as he steps out for coffee after longtime collaborator Adam McKay revealed why they ended their friendship


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Will Ferrell appeared to be in good ‘Elf while out in Los Angeles on Monday, little more than a week before Christmas. 

The actor, forever associated with the festive season thanks to his starring role in director Jon Favreau’s popular 2003 film, looked relaxed in a black hoodie and loose fitting lilac shorts as he made his way to a local café. 

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Will, 54, added to his look with a baseball cap and sunglasses, while a pair of battered white running shoes rounded things off.  

Upbeat: Will Ferrell appeared to be in good 'Elf while out in Los Angeles on Monday, little more than a week before Christmas

Upbeat: Will Ferrell appeared to be in good ‘Elf while out in Los Angeles on Monday, little more than a week before Christmas

Occupying an outdoor table, the actor chatted to two women before placing a call on his cellphone.  

The appearance comes after Will’s former longtime collaborator Adam McKay revealed why the pair fell out and ended their friendship.

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The pair frequently worked together on huge comedy hits like Anchorman, Step Brothers, The Other Guys, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and even had a production company together.

Don't mind me: Occupying an outdoor table at a local café, the actor chatted to two women before placing a call on his cellphone

Don’t mind me: Occupying an outdoor table at a local café, the actor chatted to two women before placing a call on his cellphone

But in an interview with Vanity Fair, McKay, 53, admitted that things turned sour between them when he decided to cast John C. Reilly in a role that Ferrell wanted, that resulted in them parting ways personally and professionally.

McKay explained in the interview how he was working on the upcoming HBO limited series about the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team in the 1980s – and wanted to cast Reilly, 56, in the lead role to play team owner Jerry Buss.

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However, McKay admitted that he should have handled his decision better, as it was expected by many that Ferrell would land the role due to their close working relationship.

Old times: The actor Will forever associated with the festive season thanks to his starring role in director Jon Favreau's popular 2003 film Elf

Old times: The actor Will forever associated with the festive season thanks to his starring role in director Jon Favreau’s popular 2003 film Elf

‘I f***ed up on how I handled that,’ he said in the interview.

‘The truth is, the way the show was always going to be done, it’s hyperrealistic,’ he explained.

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‘And Ferrell just doesn’t look like Jerry Buss, and he’s not that vibe of a Jerry Buss. And there were some people involved who were like, ‘We love Ferrell, he’s a genius, but we can’t see him doing it.”

‘It was a bit of a hard discussion. I should have called him and I didn’t,’ McKay admitted.

Iconic: The appearance comes after Will's former longtime collaborator Adam McKay revealed why the pair fell out and ended their friendship. The pair previously worked on films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (pictured)

Iconic: The appearance comes after Will’s former longtime collaborator Adam McKay revealed why the pair fell out and ended their friendship. The pair previously worked on films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (pictured)

‘And Reilly did, of course, because Reilly, he’s a stand-up guy. Maybe there was a little shadow in there where I wasn’t able to confront a harsher, darker side of myself, that would ultimately err on the side of making the right casting choice over a lifelong friendship.’

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The damage to their friendship was so severe, that in 2019, after the casting decision had been made, the former pals split up their production company.

In a statement at the time they said: ‘The two of us will always work together creatively and always be friends. And we recognize we are lucky as hell to end this venture as such.’

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