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Will Ferrell Stars in Talladega Nights - The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - NASCAR or Formula One Drivers - Which are Better?  Take the Poll

August 5th 2006

Will Ferrell Stars in Talladega Nights - The Ballad of Ricky Bobby - NASCAR or Formula One Drivers - Which are Better?  Take the Poll

Will Ferrell

If you like comedy or NASCAR, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” will not disappoint you.  Will Farrell stars as champion driver, Ricky Bobby, who learned to love fast driving as a child.  As an adult on a pit-crew, Bobby got the opportunity to drive when the crew’s regular driver decided to take a break while the race was going on.  Bobby became the star of the race. 

John C. Reilly (Gangs of New York and The Aviator) co-starred playing the role of Bobby’s sidekick, Cal.  They were a winning team until a Formula One driver decided to join the team.  The competition was fierce and they got tangled in an accident sending Bobby into losing streak that finally forced him out of NASCAR altogether.   

But the story does not end there.  There has got to be a comeback for this driver.  After losing his wife, license and reputation, his father came back into his life to give him the support he missed growing up. 


Farrell played a big role in making the movie, according to Alan Silverman of Voice of America.  Farrell said "I can't really say that it came from any one person or thought or anything. As Adam and I wrote the script it just evolved.  He's just kind of an amalgamation, in my mind, of the brash, cocky, Southern race car driver. It's just our fun way of playing around with the stereotype.”  Which are better drivers - NASCAR or Formula One?


His wife Carly Bobby, played by Leslie Bibb, was the typical gold-digging wife who wanted the lead driver, not a has-been. "Sometimes people think 'less is more;' Carly thinks 'more is more.' I love her because she is so blunt," Leslie explains.  "Don't ask her opinion, because you will not like the response and she always does it with a smile, which is very Southern, I think. 'I smile, so it's okay.'"  

There was one subtle slam against NASCAR drivers in the film.  The Formula One driver that dropped down to NASCAR was able to drive NASCAR while reading a book, drinking a latte, among other distractions.  In the end though, even the formula one driver was no match for the star of NASCAR. 


There were cameo appearances by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Darrell Walltrip.  Talladega Nights is now playing in the theaters.

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