In Lisbon, American comedian Will Ferrell caused excitement by showing up in the Eurovision press centre. Now the reason for his visit has been revealed. Deadline Hollywood has confirmed that Ferrell will write and star in a new Netflix comedy film called Eurovision.
The Anchorman star was spotted in the press centre in Lisbon and was also seen watching the show itself at Altice Arena. At the time, it was rumoured that he was there to research a future project. But now details have been confirmed.
Ferrell will write the comedy feature film with frequent collaborator Andrew Steele. Most recently the two worked together on The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish!, a satirical commentary of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel.
Ferrell also recently produced the Netflix film Ibiza, a comedy following three American women on the Spanish party island. The Iberian Tourism Board is said to be considering suing Netflix as they believe the film shows the island in a bad light.
It’s not known what sort of role Ferrell will play in the Eurovision film, however Deadline notes that he has previously sung in the film Step Brothers and through his numerous roles from his time on Saturday Night Live.
And what’s an American doing writing about Eurovision? Ferrell is married to Swedish actress Viveca Paulin and he pays regular visits to Sweden. He is said to be a long-term fan of the song contest.
The Netflix Eurovision film won’t be the first time the long-running song contest has been fictionalised. In 1996, the British-Irish comedy series Father Ted had the iconic episode “A Song for Europe”. The episode showed Father Ted writing an entry for the Eurosong contest called “My Lovely Horse”. The song — of dubious quality — was selected by the Irish broadcaster in order to ensure Ireland would not win the song contest again.
Reactions of Eurovision fans is mixed. @CalmAfterTheTim reckons that “No single Eurovision fan will watch this trash so thanks, but no thanks. You’ll only make a joke out of what people put a lot of thought and effort in it so no, we don’t need it.”
No single Eurovision fan will watch this trash so thanks, but no thanks. You'll only make a joke out of what people put a lot of thought and effort in it so no, we don't need it.
— Timselvision and Friends ?????????? (@CalmAfterTheTim) June 18, 2018
While @elainovision was cautious, writing “I don’t know what to expect but I’m not exactly optimistic. End result: the US watching Eurovision the same way the UK does?”
I don't know what to expect but I'm not exactly optimistic.
End result: the US watching Eurovision the same way the UK does? https://t.co/cwkZWt8S8n
— They think it's all over..it is now… (@elainovision) June 18, 2018
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