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Will Ferrell: 'I feel like a fraud'

Published 02/01/2016

Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell has felt like an impostor for his whole career.

Will Ferrell has likened his career to a party where no one realises he's not in a tuxedo.

The 48-year-old actor has built a sterling livelihood in comedy, but that doesn't mean he feels particularly successful. The star actually fears he's something of an imposter in Hollywood, and he spends a lot of time expecting to be found out.

"I have always taken the view that this whole thing has been a c**p shoot from the beginning," he laughed to Britain's The Guardian newspaper. "I have been invited to this black tie party and no one has noticed I don’t own a tuxedo. Until that happens I am going to keep eating crackers and drinking champagne and having a good time. And hopefully no one ever taps me on the shoulder and asks me to leave.”

Much as he's proud of his career, it's Will's home life which is most important to him. The star has three sons with his wife Viveca and being with them is what makes him smile, so much so that he would happily put the brakes on his career to be at home more if it was necessary.

"In fact, I am often saying to my wife if she ever wants to go back and study I will be happy to stay home and pack up work and drive the boys to all their sports practices," he said. "I would love that.”

This love of the ordinary has always been with Will. In his latest movie Daddy's Home he plays a kindly stepfather who wants his wife's children to like him, which proves hard when their biological father, hunky Mark Wahlberg, turns up.

"The stereotype you made fun of as a kid was ‘the job in the bank,’" he recalled. "But to me that always sounded all right. Nine to five and you know where you’re going. You get a decent salary and vacations and get to carry a briefcase. I was fine with that idea."

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