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Will Ferrell Felt 'Bias' as Comedy Star in Drama

May 6, 2011 (3:20 pm) GMT
Will Ferrell is convinced his movie 'Stranger Than Fiction' would have been a hit if Russell Crowe had tackled his role, insisting there is an 'absolute bias' on comedians who attempt to make dramas.

The funnyman stunned fans after signing up to play a lonely office worker alongside in the 2006 movie "", and admits he loved the experience despite the film's lukewarm reception.

But Ferrell is adamant it would have been more popular had a more serious star signed up for the lead role.

He tells the Wall Street Journal, "I did 'Stranger Than Fiction' and it wasn't like the floodgates opened and I got sent a bunch of serious dramatic roles. I don't think I got sent any..."

"I liked that movie a lot, and people recognized it as a nice piece of work. That having been said, what disappoints me is that there's still a stigma attached to the fact that a comedic actor did that role."

"If it was a dramatic actor, I think that movie would have been put on more of a pedestal. I say to Marc Forster, had you cast you might have gotten more credit as a director. There's an absolute bias."

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