EAST LANSING, Mich. – Comic actor Will Ferrell, the ex-Saturday Night Live cast member with two dozen movie roles since 1997, says he dipped a toe in the TV news business but decided it was too much work.
"I had started working in local cable TV a little bit after college and then realized I was really ultimately too lazy to go get the big story and the big interview," Ferrell said. "I realized I wanted to be Chevy Chase doing the fake news, as opposed to a real anchor. So then I found my way into comedy."
Ferrell, who is promoting his basketball-themed comedy "Semi-Pro" that opens Feb. 29, said he didn't set out to make three sports movies in as many years.
He starred in 2006's auto racing movie "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and last year's skating movie "Blades of Steel."
"I'm going to try to cover all ... major sports — in many different countries," he joked.
"It's kind of a funny coincidence, that I had these three sports movies. It just kind of happened," Ferrell told Detroit's WXYZ-TV. "I love 'em, sports comedies. ... It's two of the things I love most."
"Semi-Pro" features Ferrell as owner of a struggling Flint, Mich., team that is in danger of folding as its minor league is gobbled up by the National Basketball Association.
Ferrell said the frenetic pace of his movie work — 15 acting credits since 2004 — may slow a bit so he can see more of his sons, ages 1 and 3.
"Once you have kids, you don't want to be away from home too much," he said. "My oldest son is just starting to miss me a little."