'The Campaign' Stars Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis Lead Traffic Chant in Los Angeles
A crowd at a L.A. mall Tuesday morning erupted in a call for a change in traffic rules, led by comics Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
Playing versions of their political characters in the upcoming The Campaign, Ferrell and Galifianakis led an audience chance of "Left on red!" that lasted a minute, altogether, during a promotional event for the film at The Grove.
"Big fans of left on red?" Galifianakis asked the crowd of several hundred,including mall-goers, press, and photographers, to applause. "This was a set-up for the whole left on red crowd. Who knew? Left on red! Left on red!"
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It was one of a handful of comedy bits that won the crowd over in a hit-and-miss set -- as Ferrell and Galifianakis, his hair a mess, weaved between their real selves, pitching their movie, and the characters, Rep. Cam Brady and Marty Huggins, respectively, trying to ad-lib and improv.
"Maybe when we come back left on red will be a reality," Ferrell said. "I think that's on the ballot this year. Prop 89, left on red."
Opening August 10, The Campaign's event Tuesday was the first stop of an 11-city tour -- "The Whistle Stop" tour -- for the men, who are promoting their comedy feature in a very busy summer marketplace.
Other stops on the Whistle Stop Tour include St. Louis, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. All of these will finish by July 31 -- with almost all days with two different city stops in the same day.
"We are going all over the country, promoting the movie Ted," Ferrell said. "Then we will be talking about The Campaign. Seattle has already passed left on red, so they're past us."
Questions asked of the comedians included:
Who are these candidates you're playing?
Zach G: Thank you for asking, that's a wonderful question.
Will F: That's a great question.
Zach G: Huggins is a guy who is kind of the black sheep of his family. The family has ostracized him. There is an incumbent, Cam Grady. With Cam's name, there is a family recognition, like putting a Kennedy up there. I'm kind of a fish out of water at the political game, and Will is very savvy at it.
Will F: Cam Brady is for anything that will get him re-elected. He is a four-time incumbent. There are whispers that he's potentially going to be picked to be vice president. That's as high as his aspirations go. He likes the idea of being vice president where you don't have to work so hard. He has some shortcomings. He's a little bit of a philandering politician, and that opens the door for Marty to begin his campaign.
How will you get the Latino vote?
Will F: Zach and I have been spending a lot of time with Ricky Martin lately. Zach?
Zach G: We were at Carlos Santana's house last night. He was helpful. Who else -- Will? Garrison Keiller, big Hispanic. No? Nothing? Good.
Did you audition for each other's roles?
Will F: I auditioned for Batman. But Warner Bros. said it was already taken.
Zach G: And I auditioned for Fatman. That was taken also.
Will, because you've been honored by the Kennedy Center -- what's your message to Washington?
Will: Yes, I have been honored by the Kennedy Center. Zach.
Zach G: I have been honored by Soup Plantation.
Will F: My message to Washington is stop screwing around. That's my message.
The Campaign hits theaters on August 9.