Will Ferrell: 'It's A Victory To Be The Most Overpaid Person'
August 5th, 2011 9:10am EDT
Will Ferrell is refusing to let his one-time tag as Hollywood's poorest value-for-money star define his career because no one makes perfect movies.
Forbes magazine listed the "Old School" star as the most overpaid actor in Hollywood after a string of flops he had appeared in, but he's convinced he would no longer be at the top of that list in 2011.
He tells website Thrillist.com, "I think two years ago I was at the top of the list of the most valuable actors and then all of a sudden it switched. That having been said, I think we're all striving to be overpaid, right? Why not? So I think it's a victory to be the most overpaid person.
"Last year I was in a movie that cost a lot and didn't make that much, but if they made that list now I'd probably be back on the good list. I think, with entertainment journalism now, everyone is looking for a story that's about anything but the work. If someone's up, let's write a story: 'Oh it looks like they're falling!' and if they've fallen, 'Oh look, they're coming back up!'
"So everyone has to have a certain angle. I just try to focus on the positive. I've never felt pressure, I don't know if that's ignorance or not. I just feel like, 'If you want to write me a cheque to make a movie, thank you so much, but that's your fault. I'll work hard and I'll try to do my best, but if it doesn't work I don't feel like, 'Oh I'm so sorry.' No, you paid me and I did my best job but it just didn't work and that's what happens with creative stuff.'
"You want every movie to be a hit. But every painting isn't a masterpiece."
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