It’s not a new revelation that Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and actor Will Ferrell are doppelgangers. In fact, three or so years ago, when we interviewed Smith backstage after a concert, he immediately rolled his eyes when someone brought it up in conversation. It’d be like asking Dave Grohl if he wants some Mentos. The joke stopped being funny around the same time Old School DVDs became common artifacts in every college freshman’s dorm room.
So why now, after all these years, has the Will Ferrell-plays-drums-in-Red-Hot-Chili-Peppers joke again reared its unfunny head? Blame Ferrell and Smith themselves. Recently, Ferrell participated in a Reddit AMA, during which he addressed his resemblance to the Chili Peppers drummer: “It has been acknowledged many times that myself and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, share a resemblance to each other. A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith.”
And then came the Instagram video:
To which, the real Chad Smith responded with his own Instagram video and challenged Ferrell to a drum battle. “Stop impersonating me. In fact, I need you… drum battle. Me and you. I’ve seen your skills; you don’t got ’em. Let’s go. Golden cowbell. Winner. Boom!”
Now if they actually do battle, it’d be the most interesting Red Hot Chili Peppers performance in half a decade.
Update: Ferrell has accepted Smith’s challenge contingent on them raising money for charity. In the comment section of Smith’s own recent Reddit AMA, Ferrell wrote, “If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer for College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call. Also, would you rather fight a hundred duck sized ducks or one horse sized horse?”
Earlier in his AMA, Smith poked fun at Ferrell, writing, “Mr. Ferrell is a delusional imposter. It seems to me that he has gone off his meds and he needs to seek professional help because I am obviously more talented and handsome than he is. You know, his cowbell work is well-documented, but his drumset skills are nominal based on Step Brothers the film. Other than wiping his testicles on the drums, which of course I give high marks to.”
He continued, “Tell Will Ferrell anytime, anyplace, I’ll take him down. I don’t want to embarrass him, but I’d say don’t bring your family. Especially children. I don’t want them to see this.”