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THE MOVIE: Blades of Glory

THE STARS:
Will Ferrell • Jon Heder • Jenna Fischer • Will Arnett • Amy Poehler • Scott Hamilton
DIRECTOR: Speck/Gordon

Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder, flying) and Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) THE CONCEPT:
Tied for first place in the World Championships, professional single skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) erupt into a no-holds-barred fight, resulting in their ban from the sport… for life. Three and a half years later they discover a loophole, to skate again all Chazz and Jimmy have to do is set aside their long-standing feud and become the first male/male figure skating pair to compete in the history of the sport.

U.S. RELEASE: March 30 2007, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

WILL FERRELL:
“Jon and I first met in the parking lot of Pickwick Ice Rink in Burbank. It was like, ‘Hey, nice to meet you;’ ‘Yeah, you too;’ ‘This should be fun, right?’ ‘It’s going to be hard, huh?’ ‘You don’t know how to skate, do you?’ ‘No;’ ‘I don’t either;’ ‘Okay, I’ll see you later.’ That was kind of it.”

JON HEDER:
“My peacock outfit was kind of my idea because I had seen clips of Johnny Weir in his swan outfit. It was kind of a famous routine. It was serious, but the glove was a swan, and I was like, ‘That would be funny to do, but do it as a peacock.’ I remember throwing that idea out, and then next then I knew she had this bejeweled glove and the eye and everything.

AMY POEHLER (Fairchild Van Waldenberg):
“I based the character of Fairchild on those really put together, almost prima ballerinas or gymnasts, or ladies on the top of cakes!”

WILL ARNETT (Stranz Van Waldenberg, Poehler’s real life husband, who plays her brother and skating partner in the movie):
“There are inspirational moments in the movie that we witnessed watching some skating, luckily the Olympics happened right before we started shooting. There was an Italian couple where the guy screwed up and he dropped her, and they were about to win it all, and she wouldn’t let go of it.”

POEHLER:
“And the announcer was like, ‘She will not forgive him.’ We were like, ‘That’s good; we have to remember that real life drama.’”

JENNA FISCHER (Katie Van Waldenberg):
“It wasn’t fair. I was like the straight person on the movie, and it was my job basically not to laugh throughout this whole film. I’m a funny receptacle I guess. But it was like a master class in comedy. I learned so much from Amy Poehler. She’s brilliant.”

SCOTT HAMILTON (playing himself):
“I read the script and I thought it was outrageous, and I realized with my initial meeting with Will Speck and Josh Gordon that they really liked skating and they weren’t going to do a hatchet job on it, or anything mean spirited. It were going to parody it and it was going to be over the top, but it wasn’t going to be something that the skating world felt insulted by.”

HEDER:
“I tried to do as much skating as I could. Obviously, we had doubles to do the really cool spins and the jumps.”

FERRELL:
“We worked with Sarah Kawahara. She’s the big time skating choreographer, and you could see some of the other coaches, who were former pros, get nervous around her. In your mind you’d be like, ‘I nailed that.’ And she was like, ‘better.’”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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