Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Prepare for Drum Battle
Comedian Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, are preparing for their drum battle on “The Tonight Show” on May 22.
Ferrell, who fans have pointed out bears a striking resemblance to Smith, will challenge the musician in the drum-off to raise money for charity. The winner will also bring home a golden cowbell.
“We’re going to have a drum-off to see who the real Chad Smith is,” Smith told Rolling Stone. “I’m all for it. But unless Will’s been practicing or is secretly a crazy, wild drummer, I think it’ll be evident right off the bat who the real Chad Smith is.”
“I’m ready to take him down,” Smith added.
“I have not been practicing,” Ferrell responded to the magazine. “There’s no amount of practice that would help me become a good drummer.”
“Chad apparently has a lot of anger and issues,” Ferrell continued. “I don’t quite come from the same place. I don’t get nearly as many references to being Chad Smith as he does Will Ferrell. I’m not looking at this as much as a competition so much as a public service to the world.”
Smith also revealed that the two have a side bet on the competition.
“If I win, he has to wash my car for a month and give me pedicures,” Smith said. “If I lose, I have to be his stand-in for his next film.”
But whoever wins, it’s sure to be entertaining.
“It’s going to end in a way that will be extremely surprising to the audience,” Ferrell said. “It may be something too powerful for the audience to even handle, so it may just be a one-time event. Man only went to the moon once, right? But it could become the beginning of a rivalry that will go on until the end of time.”