Will Ferrell says he feared his Christmas classic Elf would be “my last movie” when he shot the movie nearly 20 years ago.
The American actor and comedian said the film had “stand the test of time” because it was “unbelievably beautiful”.
Elf was released in 2003 to widespread critical acclaim and is considered one of the best Christmas movies of all time.
Ferrell appeared on BBC’s The One Show alongside actor Octavia Spencer to discuss the new festival drama Spirited they co-star with Ryan Reynolds.
When asked why Elf continues to be so popular 19 years after its release, Ferrell said: “I think it’s because it’s incredibly beautiful.
“It’s a character that gets excited by everything that’s trivial to us in ordinary life, it’s a fish story.
“It was very sweet and hopeful, and it turned out to be very funny.”
Speaking of filming the film, he said: “At the time, as I was running around New York City in yellow stockings, I thought ‘this could be my last movie’.
“Little did we know we were making a movie that would stand the test of time.”
Spirited is a retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, told through the eyes of ghosts.
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Ferrell and Reynolds previously appeared in a humorous commercial for the film, in which they released a disclaimer that it was “not Elf or Deadpool”.
In addition to Ferrell, Spencer and Reynolds, it also stars Mr Robot’s Sunita Mani and is available to stream on Apple TV+ from November 18.
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