Will Ferrell graced the cover of Rolling Stone’s latest issue, and during his interview with the publication, the actor, along with director Adam McKay, opened up a bit on what it was like working with Kanye West on set of Anchorman 2.
West, who had a small cameo in the film, is known for having an ego bigger than Jupiter, and the rapper stroked it during the entire shoot. Ferrell reveals that Yeezy wouldn’t stop playing his music during his visit to the set.
“He was playing it through the sound department, on the speakers on set, at the park, as people were setting up for the next shot. Which was great.” The Saturday Night Live alum added, “But then he didn’t understand when it had to be turned off, when it was time to actually film. He was like, ‘Hey man, what’s going on?’ We didn’t want Kanye to get upset, but at the same time, we kind of had to film.”
“He was like, ‘You guys want to listen to some new tracks?’ We’re like, Yeah, sure! Then he started performing, and it gets to the point where he’s screaming. He goes a full 100-miles-an-hour. Then he’d turn off and go, ‘Anyway, thanks.’ It was hilarious,” McKay explained.
And while most stars would find it a fun and lighthearted gig, it appears Kanye took his Anchorman 2 cameo extremely seriously. The filmmaker explained, “Kanye was great. He really locked in. He asked me a ton of questions. He’s super-interested in process — he’s a big fan of comedy. He took private lessons in beginner’s improve with a friend of mine in Chicago a few years ago.”