News Column

Ferrell, Galifianakis Dazzle Constitution Center Crowd -- Briefly

July 31, 2012

Stephanie Farr

The Campaign movie poster.
The Campaign movie poster.

Just like many real politicians, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis were half an hour late to their own "campaign rally" at the National Constitution Center this morning and spent most of their five minutes on stage shmoozing with local celebrities.

The crowd of 400 or so gathered at the center to catch of glimpse of the comedy duo, who are in town promoting their new movie "The Campaign," were disappointed that the stars didn't debate each other, give any stump speeches or punch any babies (something Ferrell is seen doing in trailers for the new flick).

Nicky "Mustache" Grear, 16, of Maple Shade, N.J., was disappointed about something else too.

"I wanted to touch Zach Galifianakis' beard because I want to grow mine better," said Grear, whose full beard afforded him a dashing quality not seen on many teenagers. "I was a little sad that didn't happen but I'll follow him around and touch it somehow!"

Ferrell, star of movies including "Anchorman" and "Old School," wore red Ferrari gloves and sneakers to the event. Galifianakis, star of "The Hangover" and the television series "Bored to Death," wore a USS Constitution baseball cap and his own trademark beard.

They were greeted on stage by three Eagles players and three Flyers players, who presented the men with honorary jerseys from their teams.

Calling Ferrell and Galifianakis "visionary men," Constitution Center President David Eisner then asked the stars to sign a commemorative copy of the Constitution, marking the 225th anniversary of its signing.

Ferrell put on a tricorne hat and a lace collar and started to read the document.

"This is really long," he said. "Do I have to read the whole thing?"

Ferrell guessed that the Founding Fathers would be rolling over in their graves if they could see who was signing their beloved document.

"But it's too late now," Galifianakis said.

Source: c)2012 the Philadelphia Daily News. Distributed by MCT Information Services

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