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Actor chimes in on Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer’s Reddit AMA to battle for charity

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Will Ferrell has accepted Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer/Ferrell doppelganger Chad Smith’s “drum battle” for charity.

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In a video posted last week via Funny or Die, Smith called out his lookalike Ferrell for his drumming abilities — or lack thereof.  “I’ve seen your skills,” says Smith. “You don’t got ’em.” During Smith’s recent Reddit AMA, Ferrell responded, writing, “Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer for College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call. Also, would you rather fight a hundred duck sized ducks or one horse sized horse?”

Smith poked at Ferrell earlier in the AMA. When asked if the drum battle would actually happen, the drummer replied, “Mr. Ferrell is a delusional imposter. It seems to me that he has gone off his meds and he needs to seek professional help because I am obviously more talented and handsome than he is. You know, his cowbell work is well-documented, but his drumset skills are nominal based on Step Brothers the film. Other than wiping his testicles on the drums, which of course I give high marks to.

“Tell Will Ferrell anytime, anyplace, I’ll take him down. I don’t want to embarrass him, but I’d say don’t bring your family. Especially children. I don’t want them to see this.” After the AMA, Smith tweeted a picture of himself giving blood with the caption, “Gettin juiced for the drum battle.”

The uncanny resemblance between the two stars received renewed notice since Ferrell answered a question about it in his AMA earlier this month, but it’s hardly the first time someone has noticed it. In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, Smith was told that after Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared on the cover, everyone thought he was the comedian. After mentioning that he didn’t think they looked alike, he recounted the only time the two met each other.

“It was at the premiere of Ladies Man many years ago,” said Smith. “I’m looking at Will and thinking, “People really think I look like him? I don’t fucking look like that.” He looks me up and down and says, ‘You’re very handsome,’ and walks away. Totally deadpan. I was like, ‘You’re funny. You’re funny.'” 

No date or location has been determined for the battle.


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