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Will Ferrell Explains Secret Elf Joke Hidden In Netflix Eurovision Movie

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Will Ferrell Explains Secret Elf Joke Hidden In Netflix Eurovision Movie

Will Ferrell has explained how a joke about his Christmas classic movie Elf was sneakily added into his Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, and nobody actually noticed.

According to Ferrell, the joke just simply 'went over everyone's head'.

The 2003 movie that has since gone on to become a festive favourite around the world catapulted the American comedian into the big time, and it was referenced once more in this year's parody film about Europe's premier singing contest.

It reveals itself through Lars Erikksong's dislike for elves.

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In an interview with Variety, Ferrell explained the link, as well as expressing his confusion that it wasn't picked up on by that many people.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

He said: "You know what's funny? Nobody got the subtext to that,

"We were trying to put in this bit about how Lars has issues with elves and elves are stupid and thought, 'That's going to get such a funny laugh because of Buddy the Elf.'

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"But it just went over everyone's head."

Well, maybe you're amongst the few out there who did notice, but perhaps you didn't and you're currently seeing the whole thing in a new light.

Maybe you've never seen either, but then, why are you reading this in the first place?

Ferrell went on: "It was supposed to be such an obvious joke that we should have my character just hate all things elf-related, and I starred in Elf. And that just kind of flew by."

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There you have it, we all know now.

Credit: Netflix
Credit: Netflix

Speaking back in 2018, Ferrell revealed that he worried at one point that he thought Jon Favreau's schmaltzy tale about Buddy the Elf could have ruined his career.

He said: "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.

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"People recognising 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?'"

Luckily for Ferrell - and the millions of fans of his work around the globe - it was a big success, and so have loads of other films Ferrell has starred in.

If you want to watch Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, it's on Netflix. To watch Elf, you're gonna need to head over to Sky Cinema or NOW TV.

Featured Image Credit: New Line Cinema

Topics: Christmas, TV and Film, Celebrity, US Entertainment, Netflix

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