Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, during a news conference to announce their appearance at Australia’s Big Day Out 2013, returned to a common theme: The fact that he looks just like Will Ferrell.
Not that Smith, newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, sees the resemblance. In fact, he seems a little put out, as the question is asked, at having to return to this doppelganger stuff. Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer can even be seen slapping a palm to his forehead.
At first, Smith deadpans: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Bassist Flea then encourages Smith to re-tell the story of his initial meeting with the funny man — which Smith ultimately agrees to, but only after saying with no small amount of exasperation: “for once and for fucking all.”
Seems they ran into one another in the buffet line after an advance screening of the 2000 film “The Ladies Man,” based on Tim Meadows’ Saturday Night Life comedy character Leon Phelps. Ferrell was only a co-star in the movie, and not nearly the box office draw that he is today.
Back then, Smith says, he would only rarely have to hear about how much they favored one another — and he wasn’t even sure he agreed. Smith hoped he could simply grab some of the free food, and make his way back to his table.
“So, we’re getting our skewers,” Smith says, “and there’s me and then a guy between me and Will, and as we both turn with our plates of food, the guy takes off. So, now we’re looking at each other right? He looks me up and down, and says: ‘You’re very handsome,’ and then just walks away. I was, like, ‘that’s funny!’ This guy’s fucking funny! But, I don’t think he can play the drums for shit (laughter), and I certainly can not act as well as he does.”