The funnyman Will Ferrell stunned fans after signing up to play a lonely office worker alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in the 2006 movie "Stranger Than Fiction", and admits he loved the experience despite the film's lukewarm reception.
But Ferrell is adamant it would have been more popular had a more serious star signed up for the lead role.
He tells the Wall Street Journal, "I did 'Stranger Than Fiction' and it wasn't like the floodgates opened and I got sent a bunch of serious dramatic roles. I don't think I got sent any..."
"I liked that movie a lot, and people recognized it as a nice piece of work. That having been said, what disappoints me is that there's still a stigma attached to the fact that a comedic actor did that role."
"If it was a dramatic actor, I think that movie would have been put on more of a pedestal. I say to Marc Forster, had you cast Russell Crowe you might have gotten more credit as a director. There's an absolute bias."