Ferrell wins vote of approval for new film
Comedy star Will Ferrell already has the votes of many Aussie fans, who were in a glass case of emotion when he stopped to meet them at the Australian premiere of his new film, The Campaign.
Walking the red carpet in Sydney on Sunday night, Ferrell greeted dedicated fans who were holding signs saying "Been here since 9am just 4 U" and, in a nod to a famous scene from his film Anchorman, one which read, "Will, I'm in a glass case of emotion".
Ferrell says Anchorman is a movie that often comes up with Australian fans.
"There's a lot of Anchorman love, always, here," he says, although people were calling out one-liners from a range of his films on the red carpet.
"I'm hearing some Talledega Nights stuff, Blades of Glory so it's kind of fun, it's really nice."
Ferrell, who first visited Australia for his 2003 movie Old School, says he's been back maybe as many as seven times since.
He joked that his favourite thing to do is the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, after hours.
"I know it well enough now that I'll just go up there on my own, take a bottle of wine, shoot off some flares `til the police come and then scamper off into the darkness," he says.
This visit, Ferrell is concentrating on his latest movie The Campaign, directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers films).
He stars as long-term congressman Cam Brady, who will stop at nothing to defeat his unlikely rival in the upcoming election, Marty Huggins (played by The Hangover's Zach Galifianakis).
"(Cam's) so full of himself and he's a career politician who never really says anything of substance," Ferrell says of his character.
"Marty, Zach's character, is actually the one with the district's interest at heart."
So why should Australia back Cam?
"He's extremely polished and has an amazing head of hair," Ferrell says.
"So those are good reasons to vote for him."
The Campaign releases in Australian cinemas on August 9.