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Will Ferrell

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From his classic George W. Bush impersonation to his portrayal of Ron Burgundy in Anchorman, Will Ferrell's career has been a long-running commentary on a quintessentially American species of contemporary male: the Alpha Doof. Ferrell's also been a masterful enabler of other A.D.s (producing Eastbound & Down, for instance), while becoming so emblematic of white-guy self-parody that rappers love sampling him (see Kanye and Jay-Z's "Niggas In Paris"). Later this year, he'll be dusting off his jazz flute for the long-awaited Anchorman sequel. "Hey America,"Ron says with mustache-tingling, soft-rock smoothness in the trailer. "Did you miss my hot breath in your ear?" Um: yeah.

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