has been open in the past about turning down a $29 million offer to star in a sequel to his 2003 Christmas comedy classic “Elf
,” and he remains to this day without regret over his decision. “Elf
” arrived at a seminal moment in Ferrell’s film career. The actor already had fan-favorite supporting turns under his belt after “Zoolander
” and “Old School
,” but it was “Elf
” that cemented Ferrell as a leading comedy movie star. Once “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
” arrived the next year, Ferrell’s film career was off to the races. But never has Ferrell returned to “Elf
,” and he told The Hollywood Reporter
it was a simple decision to give up $29 million.
“I would have had to promote the movie from an honest place, which would’ve been, like, ‘Oh no, it’s not good. I just couldn’t turn down that much money,'” Ferrell said.