Will Ferrell Can't Stop Laughing After No One Noticed the Hidden 'Elf' Joke in 'Eurovision'

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With the holiday season in full swing, Will Ferrell revealed that the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga contained a hidden joke from the Christmas classic Elf. But he said the funniest part is that practically no one understood the reference, as he'd hoped it would make the crowd go wild.

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"You know what's funny? Nobody got the subtext to that," Ferrell shared. "We were trying to put in this bit about how Lars has issues with elves and elves are stupid and thought, 'That's going to get such a funny laugh because of Buddy the Elf."

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"But it just went over everyone's head," Will continued. "It was supposed to be such an obvious joke that we should have my character just hate all things elf-related, and I starred in Elf. And that just kind of flew by."

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But hey, at least the actor got a good laugh about it himself, right?! While Elf turned out to be a massive success and makes its way back to so many TV screens every holiday season, Ferrell initially worried the film would destroy his career. "The first two weeks of shooting were kind of all the exteriors of New York and so, you know, still kind of discovering what this movie's going to be, and running around New York in yellow tights," he revealed.

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When Elf came to theaters in 2003, Ferrell said that he was "thinking to myself this is either going to be a home run or people are going to go, 'Whatever happened to you? Why did you do that one about the elf?'" he admitted. He'd made countless appearances on Saturday Night Live around that time, so this was something completely different.

And over a decade later, Elf is still loved by many; The cast even reunited for a virtual reunion earlier this month. So, we're sure Will has no more regrets about filming that hilarious classic. On that note, happy holidays everybody!