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Will Ferrell Back on Track with The Other Guys

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg hope to score a hit with The Other GuysWill Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg hope to score a hit with The Other GuysThere was a time when Will Ferrell could do no wrong. Despite the fact that he made a string of remarkably similar movies – notably Talladega Nights, Blades of Glory, and Semi-Pro - the viewing public ate them up. But with 2009’s mega-flop, Land of the Lost, it looked like Ferrell had finally jumped the shark and audiences weren’t buying his schtick anymore. All that is set to change with this summer’s action-comedy, The Other Guys, co-starring Mark Wahlberg.

The Other Guys features a star-studded cast including Ferrell and Wahlberg along with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, and the smokin’ hot Eva Mendes.

All-star casts have failed before, but The Other Guys relies on more than recognizable faces. This time Ferrell brings his oblivious-yet-lovable loser (as opposed to his other standard persona, the arrogant-but-lovable jerk) to a smart send-up of Hollywood action flicks. The Other Guys bulldozes over every cop movie cliché to ever hit the silver screen, with Wahlberg playing straight-man to Ferrell.

Ferrell’s co-conspirator behind the scenes is his usual partner in crime, Adam McKay. McKay is a fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus who co-wrote and directed some of Ferrell’s biggest hits, including Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Stepbrothers. McKay and Ferrell also co-own the comedy website, FunnyorDie.com.

Like Ferrell, his co-star in The Other Guys is also trying to arise from a career funk. After being nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Departed in 2006, Mark Wahlberg floated out two stinkers in 2008 – The Happening and Max Payne. Each of those flops was reviled by critics and ignored by audiences.

Two of his following films fared a little better, earning middling reviews, at least, and a luke warm to above average box office reception. It still wasn’t the comeback Wahlberg needed, but at least neither The Lovely Bones nor Date Night completely tanked. In fact Date Night was a modest financial success, but Wahlberg’s part in the film is rather small compared to his previous turns as a leading man. Now Wahlberg is mining the comedy vein again, this time hoping his fortunes are reversed for good.

So far the talk surrounding The Other Guys has been all good. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are both hoping that continues and that they can each find themselves back on top of the Hollywood scene again. With a little help from Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson, along with the movie’s other familiar faces, The Other Guys could end up being the summer hit that restores a couple of old favorites to a place of favor in the hearts of film goers.

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