Will Ferrell (L) and Chad Smith – or is it the other way around?
Red Hot Chili Peppers rocker Chad Smith looks so much like actor Will Ferrell he’s constantly stopped in the street and mistaken for the film funnyman.
The drummer insists he’s often asked to sign autographs as Ferrell, and he’s so determined to claim back his own identity he has started wearing T-shirts that read ‘I’m not Will Ferrell’.
Smith tells Spinner.com, “People come up to me in airports and they’re asking for my autograph, not because I’m the drummer for the Chili Peppers – they really think I’m Will Ferrell.
“And I’m nice to these people. (I say) ‘No, I’m not.’ But they’re like, ‘I loved you in Old School. You’re so funny.'”
He reveals the pair met once at a Los Angeles party, and the likeness freaked them both out: “There’s a buffet line and I walk up and I’m getting my second shrimp skewer. There’s a guy next to me doing the same thing and then Will Ferrell is next to him and so I kind of glance over. Right at the time I’m turning to leave the table and start walking back, the guy between us splits and both Will and I turn kind of at the same time. It was classic.
“He eyeballs me up and down, and he goes, ‘You’re very handsome’ and walks away. I was like, ‘Hey, funny f**king guy. I like that.'”
Smith vows he’ll never use the similarity to get away with bad behaviour – although he admits it’s tempting, adding, “I could walk into a club, say ‘I’m Will Ferrell,’ and start spanking strippers. Next thing you know it’s all over the place…That’s not a bad idea.”