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Will Ferrell is a big fan of James Joyce, and Isaac Hayes

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This is what I found most interesting about my Tuesday visit with Will Ferrell:

During the news conference I attended with about 25 other reporters, he was cracking deadpan jokes left and right, as you would expect from him.

But once he was off stage and talking one-on-one, he was able to turn off his performance switch and become a regular person.

Example:

Ferrell recently received the James Joyce Award in Dublin. Here is what he told an Irish reporter about his familiarity with Joyce:

"I've always been a fan of his films, 'Titanic,' 'The Terminator' and all those. They’re always too long, though. They just took a wild stab to see if I would even respond and it turned out I was going to be over there anyway so I said, 'Sure, I’ll come over.' They were thrilled regardless of the fact there was no reason I should receive that award."

Click below for more wisecracks.From a travel reporter wondering what his dream desinations are, other than Flint, where "Semi-Pro" takes place: "I'd love to see Grand Rapids. I would love to go to the Galapagos Islands and check that off the list. I’d like to see just reptiles and whatever lives there, I don’t know."

On whether any actors were hurt during the filming: "Maura [Tierney] got hurt, emotionally. We somehow avoided all injuries, I think. We had trainers, sports psychologists, hypnotists. There was an amateur magician for some reason."

On how he prepared to sing in the movie: "I actually went to funk camp, conducted by Isaac Hayes. It was up in Vermont. But you never get to hear Isaac Hayes; he's in the other room. You just hear his voice. And he was like yeah, you're doing great, you're lookin' real good. It's an incredibly creepy camp, actually."

On the corporate tie-ins the movie has: "This movie was created by Procter and Gamble. It just makes sense. And I'm doing a Dow Chemical film next. It's a wonderful costume drama. It will be archery. Medieval archery."

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