Will Ferrell initially feared that ‘Elf’ could ruin his career

Prior to Elf becoming immortalized as a Christmas classic, Will Ferrell feared that the movie could ruin his career. The movie, which stars Ferrell as Buddy the Elf, follows Ferrell on a journey from the North Pole to New York City to track down his real father.

Recently, Ferrell appeared on James Corden’s The Late Late Show and explained how initially, he felt that the movie might derail his career.

“Yeah there were moments,” replied Ferrell. “The first two weeks of shooting were kind of all the exteriors in New York and so, you know, still kind of discovering what this movie’s going to be and running around New York City in yellow tights.

“People recognizing me from Saturday Night Live going, ‘Are you okay? What’s going on?’ and thinking to myself this is either going to be a home run or people are going to go, ‘Whatever happened to you? Why did you do that one about the elf?'”

He also revealed how James Cann, who portrays Buddy’s real father Walter Hobbs, wasn’t a fan of his performance during the film. He, however, reserved his judgement once it was proven that the movie would be a success.

“He came up to me at the premiere,” said Ferrell, “and you know, it had gone great, and people were like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is gonna be fantastic’, and he’s like, ‘Hey, I got to tell you something. Every day on set I thought you were way too over the top, but now I see what you’re doing. Great job!'”

He continued, “So I just love the thought that there we were working every day and he’s going back to his hotel room going, ‘Jeez, get me out of this one!'”

Watch the interview clip below.