‘Ferrell Takes the Field’: HBO Scores a Hit With Baseball Mockumentary
Will Ferrell has starred in an HBO baseball mockumentary in which he plays for the ten best-known baseball teams of America at ten different positions. The mockumentary shots are interspersed with Ferrell dishing out made up baseball wisdom with a deadpan put on and a sincerity that gives a charming edge to the comedy. Read on.
Ferrell is doing the funny thing again. The comedian stars in the new mockumentary about baseball, where he delivers nuggets of kooky wisdom with a straight face. If you don’t know anything about baseball, you might come out asking “What the F*ck?” because the funnies come from the technical details of baseball.
The mockumentary starts with a typical monologue that is the staple of most sports documentaries. If you didn’t know it was a non-player doing it, you would probably begin to believe that the monologue is about the true inner conflict.
Ferrell then goes on to declare that he is better than most pitchers because he knows 63 pitches. He demonstrates a pitch called “slurge” that he picked up in Japan to his enraptured teammates. He goes on to declare that some pitches work only for a given season. Some pitches are to be made in spring, others for winter. He goes on into the details of the game in a way that would fool any non-player and non-spectator into believing that he knows a lot about the game.
The idea for the mockumentary is a parody of the famous sports history record set by Bert Campaneris in 1965, where he played for ten teams and played a different position on each team. It is typical of Ferrell to put a comedic twist on the technical details of the game. The revenue generated by the mockumentary will go to a charity that helps send cancer survivors to college.
The Atlantic reported the news first.
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