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Will Ferrell excited about “Step Brothers 2″ potential

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Movie audiences were recently treated treated to a new side of Will Ferrell when he took on the role of Spanish-speaking, cattle-herding rancher Armando Alvarez, the slow-witted but heroic protagonist of “Casa de mi Padre.”

And while this film featured yet another new, memorable character that Ferrell can add to his ridiculously long resume, that doesn’t mean he’s staying away from old favorites. When IFC spoke with Ferrell, we got a brief update on the status of “Step Brothers 2,” a sequel to 2008’s hilarious comedy about a pair of spoiled, 40-something adults who still live at home and are forced to cohabitate when their parents get married.

Starring Ferrell and John C. Reilly and directed by Adam McKay (“Anchorman”), “Step Brothers” was a modest success when it opened in theaters, but went on to become a big hit in the home-video market.

“I know Adam and I have been excited about — with John C. Reilly — potentially doing a sequel [to ‘Step Brothers’],” said Ferrell. “What’s funny is that the movie has sort of risen in its stature since it’s been out on DVD and pay-per-view.”

“So we like the thought of that,” he added.

Still, a sequel to “Step Brothers” will have to wait until Ferrell clears a few other upcoming films off his crowded schedule, including his next project, which has him starring alongside fellow funny guy Zach Galifianakis.

“This summer, a movie called ‘The Campaign’ will be coming out that I just finished with Zach Galifianakis,” explained Ferrell. “Jay Roach is directing it. It’s kind of our crazy take on modern-day politics and how insane the mudslinging has gotten.”

“Then I’m kind of waiting to see what’s going to be next,” he said.

“Casa de mi Padre” hits theaters March 16. Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Universal Pictures

Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

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Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

“Hangover” series to climax with third installment

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We loved the first “Hangover” film, with the unstoppable rise of Bradley Cooper counteracted by the one-two punch of Zach Galifianakis getting the recognition he deserves, and a pitch-perfect Ed Helms performance. The second film stretched the feasibility that the trio could find themselves in the same dilemma, but the box office guaranteed a return to the big screen. It now appears that the third night of debauchery, completely forgotten by “The Wolfpack” in “The Hangover Part III,” will be the final entry in the franchise.

After the ridiculous success of the second “Hangover” movie, it should come as a surprise to exactly no one that Warner Bros. is going for a threequel, re-teaming Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis with director Todd Phillips. Production on “The Hangover Part III” is scheduled to begin in September of this year, and while there aren’t any details about the story, it’s probably a safe bet that the three guys go to some event (odds are the wedding of either Galifianakis or Cooper’s characters – maybe both!), get blackout drunk and then run into Ken Jeong. Also, seeing as they were responsible for a baby and a monkey in the first and second movies, respectively, we’re expecting the Wolfpack to take in either a baby sloth or an angry honey badger this time out – maybe both!

In a press release that can be read in full over at Deadline, Phillips was quoted as saying, “We’re going to surprise a lot of people with the final chapter we have planned. It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair and bad decisions.” So, maybe they all…..die?

How do you feel about the Wolfpack’s saga coming to a close in the third “Hangover” movie? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

Will Ferrell and cast explain their new Spanish-language comedy “Casa de mi Padre”

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It’s probably no surprise that celebrated Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was a little confused when he first saw the synopsis for “Casa de mi Padre,” a Spanish-language movie filmed in America and starring Will Ferrell as a Mexican rancher named Armando Alvarez.

“There was something I didn’t get at the beginning,” recalled Bernal. “I thought there was some mistake.”

Part homage to classic telenovela dramas and part parody of telenovelas and stylized spaghetti Westerns, “Casa de mi Padre” is a difficult film to lump into any specific category — and that’s the way Ferrell likes it.

“I love the fact that it raises that question: Why?” he laughed.

“Casa de mi Padre” is the brainchild of Ferrell and a pair of his former “SNL” cohorts, writer Andrew Steele and director Matt Piedmont, who makes his feature-length directorial debut with the new comedy.

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“It’s an idea I’ve had for the longest time,” Ferrell told IFC. “I heard someone was writing a telenovela script at one of studios, and I thought I should try to get this thing together. We went around town and found NALA Films, and they immediately got the idea, and got the financing. . . . We thought, let’s make this crazy little movie. If someone’s going to give us the money to do it, let’s do it.”

Once the decision had been made to do the film in Spanish, that meant the script would need to be translated — bizarre dialogue, awkward pauses, and all. According to Bernal, whose resume includes a number of critically praised Spanish-language dramas like “Y Tu Mamá También” and “The Motorcycle Diaries,” this was the initial cause of his confusion, as the Spanish dialogue in the script wasn’t anything like other films he’d worked on in the past.

“They said it was going to be in Spanish, but the translation I read in Spanish was terrible,” he laughed. “I didn’t understand it. Then, talking with the director and the writer, I kind of got an idea of what they wanted to do. Then we just started to play around and build this character.”

In the film, Bernal plays a powerful drug lord who has his sights set on the Alvarez family’s ranch, as well as Armando’s love interest, Sonia — a role played by yet another native Spanish-speaking actress, Genesis Rodriguez.

Asked what her initial reaction was to the description of the film and its star, Rodriguez said her first thought was simply “Epic.”

A veteran of telenovela dramas, Rodriguez was no stranger to the intentional over-acting and style of storytelling that serves as the inspiration for “Casa de mi Padre.”

“It’s an homage,” she said of the film. “It’s definitely an homage to Latin cinema and telenovelas. And it’s a beautiful mixture of both, so I think this is the biggest compliment they can pay to us. It was done and shot in the most tasteful way, and we know telenovelas better than anyone so we’re allowed to laugh at it. It’s our territory.”

So, with “Casa de mi Padre” hitting theaters soon, the next question vlearly becomes: what genre will Will Ferrell take on next? Asked whether he has any other regional genres in mind — like a Japanese horror film or a Swedish crime drama, perhaps — Ferrell offered up another possibility.

“Swedish crime drama, that could be good,” he laughed. “But I keep saying there are a billion Chinese people, so maybe I should learn Chinese. That could be a good market.”

“Casa de mi Padre” hits theaters March 16. Chime in below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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