Anchorman star Will Ferrell has again insisted he is 100 per cent Irish – even though he wasn’t born in Ireland.
The American actor has followed his announcement of an Anchorman sequel by re-affirming his Irishness and announcing his intention to drive on the wrong side of the road to prove it!
In an interview with the Irish Sun newspaper, the 44-year-old Ferrell has again declared how ‘proud’ he is of his County Longford heritage.
“I’m committed to my Irish roots. James Joyce spent a lot of his life living outside of Ireland,” said Ferrell.
“I too have spent a lot of time living outside of Ireland. But it doesn’t make me any less Irish. I’m so committed in fact that I will continue to drive on the left-hand side of the road.
“Will it be dangerous? Yes. Is it illegal? Highly. But that’s just how committed I am.”
Ferrell traced his Irish roots four years ago when he discovered that his family had changed their name from Farrell on landing in America.
He celebrated with a family holiday to Ireland alongside dad Lee and brother Patrick and loved every minute of an adventure packed with golf and Guinness.
He laughed: “I love the taste of Guinness on the back of your throat, when it repeats on you the next morning.
“I love sitting in a cosy pub talking with a local, whose accent is so thick it sounds like he’s gargling phlegm. It was just a fantastic trip.”
The Anchorman star also revealed that he wants to make a movie in his homeland.
He said: “Since my visit there I’ve been giving serious thought to making a movie in Ireland in the future. I would just love to. I spoke to Danny McBride after he made Your Highness in Northern Ireland and he had such a great time there.
“I’ve also talked to John C Reilly and we’d all love to do something in Ireland but I don’t know how we could get it to work cost-wise.”