Will Ferrell Confirms Mariah Carey’s ‘The House’ Cameo Horror Story
In a summer where most raunchy comedies seem to be flopping at the box office — Rough Night and Baywatch have certainly disappointed with their reviews and box office ratings — it looks like it might all come down to The House. The Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler comedy certainly has what it takes to win over fans; Ferrell and Poehler are both comedy stars in their own right, and the supporting cast features a mix of comedy veterans and rising stars who can and should sell every joke in the film.
Sometimes movies need an edge, though, and it seems that the cast of The House has decided to use their Mariah Carey gossip as their marketing X-Factor. A month after Rob Huebel first broke the news of the disastrous cameo appearance that fell through, Ferrell confirmed Huebel’s account on an episode of Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen (via The Wrap), going into a few more details of how things fell apart while the singer-actress was on set. You can watch the full video at the link above, but here’s the juicy parts for those readers among you:
Well, one script note was, like, “I don’t want to do this scene,” even though it was totally approved ahead of time… at eleven PM, there was a knock on my trailer door and they said, “You can go home.”
Ferrell also notes that Carey was supposed to sing one of her songs in The House but decided she wanted to sing another one instead, causing quite the panic for the legal department. It all sounds like a nightmare to deal with in the moment, but one can’t help but wonder if things have worked out in the favor of the movie? A Mariah Carey cameo in the film would’ve been somewhat funny — though perhaps a little dated — but stories of prima donna behavior behind-the-scenes? People who wouldn’t typically remember a Will Ferrell comedy may know The House as the movie from that Mariah Carey blind item. As the saying going, there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right?
The House is now playing in theaters everywhere.