Will Ferrell accepts Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith's drum-off challenge

Chad Smith will battle 'Anchorman' actor if enough money is raised for cancer charity

Will Ferrell accepts Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith's drum-off challenge

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Anchorman actor Will Ferrell has accepted the challenge of a drum battle set by Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Last week Ferrell made light of the uncanny similarity in looks between him and Smith while hosting a Reddit Ask Me Anything, which led to the Red Hot Chili Peppers member challenging him to a musical duel. Ferrell did not reply immediately but has now accepted the offer, on the provision that they raise money for a cancer charity.

Ferrell's reply came during another AMA, this time hosted by Smith. The comedy actor participated and wrote: "Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 (£182,000) for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call. Also, would you rather fight a hundred duck sized ducks or one horse sized horse?"

Smith also did some trash talking in the direction of his comedian nemesis in the AMA, writing, "I have to comment that I think Mr. Ferrell is a delusional imposter. It seems to me that he has gone off his meds and he needs to seek professional help because I am obviously more talented and handsome than he is. You know, his cowbell work is well-documented, but his drumset skills are nominal based on Step Brothers the film. Other than wiping his testicles on the drums, which of course I give high marks to."

Come the drum battle Smith presumably won't be playing the drumkit he played during the band's Super Bowl half-time show appearance on February 2, which he is auctioning.

He is seeking to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and will sell the instrument, along with drumsticks, to the highest bidder. Earlier this week, meanwhile, it was confirmed that Red Hot Chili Peppers' instruments were not plugged in during their Super Bowl performance.

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