Sad skater Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell says ice skating was the biggest challenge of his career.

The funnyman has taken on a selection of great characters, including figure skater Chazz Michael Michaels in 2007 flick Blades of Glory.

Learning the tricky sport didn’t come easy to the 46-year-old.

“The skating was the hardest. When you watch the Olympics on TV, it looks easy. I found it hard enough to skate in a circle. Sadly, I took my kids to the rink last year and I had lost all of my ability to skate,” he admitted to running.competitor.com.

“No more [triple loop]. I just don’t have the lift. I don’t know what happened. It’s a sad story.”

The star is currently promoting the second installment of The Anchorman franchise, in which he plays news anchor Ron Burgundy.

He’ll always have a soft spot for the hilarious character.

“I get kind of flabbergasted when people go through the list [of my characters]. To think that I’d even get to be on Saturday Night Live to begin with is unreal,” he marveled.

“A lot of people think that being on SNL is the golden ticket into movies. It has been for some people, but it’s kind of a c**p shoot because sometimes it’s hard to make that transition. The fact that I’ve had some success and people watch our movies over and over again is pretty great. But if I had to pick one character, it would be Ron Burgundy. He became a legend in San Diego, which, of course, was discovered by the Germans in 1904.”

With Christmas approaching, many will be putting on Will’s festive 2003 movie Elf.

It features big names such as Bob Newhart, James Caan and Zooey Deschanel.

“We started with a wish list – for my elf father we wanted someone like Bob Newhart for that role and for my human father we wanted someone like Jimmy Caan,” he recalled.

“We didn’t really think we’d get them, but they were dumb enough to say yes. As silly as the premise of the film was, we wanted to have some legendary actors in there to give the film some heft. That’s the charm of the film. It played so real that it was easy for the audience to jump in with both feet.”

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