“Talladega Nights” had a lot going for it. It’s a sports movie about a sport that doesn’t usually get a lot of movies made about it, so there’s a ton of untapped potential. It featured Will Ferrell at the height of his career. And it was written and directed by many of the same people behind “Anchorman”. Sure enough, it was a box office success, making $163 million around the world and near (but not quite) rotating”Shake and bake!“to something that people have said in real life.
“After ‘Talladega Night,’ [producer] Amy Pascal Says, ‘I’ll Make Every Comedy Comedy From These People,’ “Seth Rogen explain. “So while we were doing ‘Knocked Up,’ ‘Superbad’ received the green light and we started the casting process.”
“Superbad” released in August 2007, surpassing “Talladega Nights” at the box office with 170 million dollars all around the world. More impressive than its performance at the time, however, was how “Superbad” is still remembered and watched to this day. It’s been fifteen years now, but McLovin still has a place in our hearts.
It’s tempting to wonder what the movie would have looked like if the project had kicked off earlier. Apparently, Seth Rogen and Jason Segal were originally cast to play Seth and Evan, but by the time 2006, both were too old to believably play teenagers. In the end, we can’t complain about the results: “Superbad” is still brewing, and we’re grateful to Ricky Bobby for letting it happen.
https://www.slashfilm.com/969473/without-will-ferrells-talladega-nights-superbad-might-never-have-been-made/ Without Will Ferrell’s Talladega Nights, Superbad Might would never have been created