Will Ferrell rules out ‘Elf’ sequel

Actor does not want to star as 'Buddy the middle-aged elf'

Will Ferrell has ruled out a sequel to Christmas favourite Elf.

Asked if he would resurrect the character Buddy from the 2003 film in the same way he returned to play Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, he said: “Absolutely not.” In the interview on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Ferrell added: “I just think it would look slightly pathetic if I tried to squeeze back in the elf tights. Buddy the middle-aged elf.”

Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy was released in 2004, and grew to become one of the most-quoted cult comedies of recent years. Despite it taking nine years to get a sequel together, Burgundy’s second outing is currently in cinemas where, in the US at least, it has recorded an impressive opening weekend at the box office, second only to The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.

Ferrell went on to recount the last time he felt shame, which was turning down a dinner invitation from Harrison Ford on the first day of filming Anchorman 2. He said: “He asked me to go to dinner by just saying, ‘Dinner?’ And I said, ‘No, I have some in my trailer,’ thinking he’s just asking me if I literally have some dinner. And I realised, ‘Oh, no, he just asked me out to dinner’, and not only did I say no, in his mind, it was like, ‘No way in Hell’.”

The ruling out of an Elf sequel will come as further disappointment to those upset by a recent Elf-based tradition coming to an end. The film had been shown on a Sunday afternoon in December Channel 4 for the past few years, prompting a Twitter-fuelled mass viewing. This year, however, saw Sky Movies broadcast the film and the tradition come to an end. Hopefully those upset by the decision have since discovered cut-price DVDs.