Having moved past lost dinosaurs, Will Ferrell wants to take on the biggest, modern dino of them all -- music mogul Simon Cowell. WENN reports that Ferrell's dream project is to play the American Idol judge in a feature film: "I would love to play Simon Cowell in a movie -- heck, I would love it. It would be my dream role." The actor drew similarities between Cowell and his previous character, one Ron Burgandy: "It wouldn't be that hard for me to play him because I see a lot of Ron Burgundy in Simon Cowell. Like Simon, Ron was the biggest thing on TV, loved himself -- they are like long-lost twin brothers separated at birth."
Then again, this is probably nothing more than news disregarding inflection and comedy. Ferrell followed the talk up with discussing how he'd prepare: "It would be fun getting into character as well. I would walk along the street and say, 'Hey, you're too fat to be a star,' or go to a concert and shout out to the artist, 'Never gonna happen.'" And directly to Mr. Cowell: "I could spend some time shadowing you. We could spend time in your mansion in high trousers and black, round-neck tees just being rude to people, it would be great."
The thing is -- I think I'd like to see this ... if Ferrell put aside his usual over-the-top quirk for a tone more like Stranger Than Fiction. But that's probably just me wanting to see more of that in any role. I think it's time to put down the uber-quirk and find some happy mellow comedy. Could being Simon Cowell return Will Ferrell to A-List, money-making form?