When Will Ferrell’s name is mentioned in a movie’s casting, all fans know without doubt it is going to be a great movie. So, it only makes sense a live performance by Ferrell is going to be even better. His fans could see him in New Orleans performing as King Bacchus of Mardi Gras.
Perhaps one of the best comedian actors of his time, the 44 year old did a great job performing King Bacchus. He threw beads like no other celebrity and got fans to applaud him wildly as his caravan passed through the Louisiana city streets. For his first Mardi Gras experience, both as a participant and observer, he did a great job.
Before the Sunday night party, Ferrell didn’t know what to expect. Sure, he had his own share of crazy parties, but New Orleans’ Mardi Gras is an experience of a lifetime. Wednesday afternoon, Will Ferrell told reporters following him on the shooting set of Algiers: “I do have to say, everybody is coming up to me and… they have the same speech pattern: They go, ‘Have you been here before for Mardi Gras?’ And I say, ‘No’. Then they pause. ‘Oh. You’re going to have a good time’.”
Well, it’s obvious such comments can make you have second thoughts and start asking what did you agree to, but Will Ferrell still thought it was “going to be crazy and fun”. And what a night it was. Crowned Bacchus XLIV, Ferrell is now part of a long list of celebrities such as Bob Hope, Hulk Hogan and Jean-Claude Van Damme who were honored with the King’s part.
Ferrell was really impressed with Sunday’s night’s celebration. “This is such an honor for me. This is my first Mardi Gras. To be, not only here, but to be part of the Bacchus organization. To be King. The King. Hail me”. Obviously it was a part, Ferrell wildly enjoyed.
Will Ferrell has been in New Orleans for some time now. He is playing congressman Cam Brady in the movie “The Campaign” directed by Jay Roach.
Sunday night wasn’t the only important celebrity act. Today, the Mardi Gras celebration carries on with the Krewe of Orpheus, featuring Hillary Swank, Harry Connick Jr and Mariska Hargitay.