Many filmmakers, be it actors, directors, producers or studios, have their own "signature" that they add to many of their films. For example, Marvel films include a Stan Lee cameo, Pixar films include the Pizza Planet Truck somewhere, J.J. Abrams uses excessive amounts of lens flare, etc.
But what many people don't know is that comedy actor Will Ferrell has his own signature that he puts in (almost) every single one of his films.
What is that signature?
He goes shirtless at some point in practically every single movie he stars in.
Why does he do this? I have no clue.
My guess is that he's just trying to show off how "unfit" he can be and yet still be one of Hollywood's biggest stars. He may not be entirely "horrid" to look at, but let's face it, he's no Taylor Lautner.
Now let's take a look at many of Will Ferrell's finest shirtless moments throughout history, on a journey I like to call...
The Evolution of Will Ferrell's Chest
Let's start with one of his earliest films...
1. A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
Back in 1998, A Night at the Roxbury was released, based off of a skit from Saturday Night Live. Though he had already been in a few big movies, this is considered Will Ferrell's biggest "break out" role.
In this scene, Will Ferrell finally shows his bare chest to the world on the silver screen. We had already seen him shirtless many times on SNL, but seeing his chest on the big screen always feels a little different.
n2. Old School (2003)
Five years after A Night at the Roxbury, we see a little bit of change in Will Ferrell's chest's evolution. There is quite a bit more hair and the shape changes a bit.
This movie was also the "debut" of Will Ferrell's rear end (which is conveniently blocked out by the Moviepilot logo here). In this scene, it is clear to see that Will Ferrell is streaking, which is the reason why we had to see how much we had seen. By this point, Will Ferrell knows that there is no use hiding his body from the world because we had already seen practically all of it. Now, Will Ferrell can start to have fun.
3. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Anchorman is considered one of Will Ferrell's greatest films. Of course, like most Will Ferrell films, it cannot go without another shirtless scene. He actually ties his "unfit" body more into the comedy of the situation in this movie when he tries to impress his coworker how 'strong' he is by taking off his shirt to work out. Obviously, it was not the best strategy for his character.
In this scene, we also see that his chest hair has grown out a bit more, which of course adds to the comedy of the scene.
4. Blades of Glory (2007)
Will Ferrell skipped his shirtless scenes in movies like Kicking and Screaming and Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. But then, in 2007, he brought it back in what may be one of Will Ferrell's most memorable shirtless scenes yet.
He comes out in just two towels and shows off his body, yet again bringing out the joke of "I'm unfit, but I'm going to pretend I'm fit". However, this time the joke struck home and was a huge laugh. This made Will Ferrell realize just how well the shirtless scenes may work. From there, his shirtless scenes just kept coming.
Also in the scene, we see that his chest hair has cut back a little bit, but his stomach has begun to bulge.
5. Semi-Pro (2008)
One year after his shirtless success in Blades of Glory, Will Ferrell decided to take his body to yet another level. He appeared completely nude (except for a pair of socks) for a "photoshoot" picture during 2008's Semi-Pro. Of course, there was a strategically-placed Basketball just so we wouldn't have to include another Moviepilot logo.
Here, we see that not only has Will Ferrell continued shaving (to an extent), but he has also cut back on his weight. He is no longer as bulgy. Still, though, he is no Taylor Lautner.
6. Step Brothers (2008)
Right after the release of Semi-Pro came what is possibly one of Will Ferrell's greatest movies, Step Brothers. In this scene, Will Ferrell decides to play his step brother's (John C. Reilly's) drumset...shirtless. Why? Because, well, I don't know. He's Will Ferrell, that's why.
In the above scene, we see that Will Ferrell has "let himself go" since Semi-Pro to fit the new role by increasing his body weight. Also, the chest hair is becoming thicker yet again.
He also seemed to show another "part" of himself in this movie which I will not cover much of due of it's content. However, it was released that it was only a fake model of that "part" of his body that was used.
7. Land of the Lost (2009)
The next year, Will Ferrell briefly appears shirtless with almost no difference to his chest from the previous film. His back, however, appears extremely different.
This scene occurs shortly after he was bit by an enormous bug that drained him of a large portion of his blood. It was very disturbing, and it was also very brief, but nevertheless it was a shirtless scene so it shall remain on this list.
8. Casa de mi Padre (2012)
After yet another break from being shirtless on screen, Will Ferrell's hairy chest returned in Casa de mi Padre, which honestly may have been one of his weakest films.
In this scene, we seen that he has gained a bit more weight over the past couple years. His chest hair, however, remains about the same.
9. The Campaign (2012)
Will Ferrell once again returned shirtless in 2012's The Campaign. The scene consisted of him making a "sex tape" with the opposing candidate's wife to use as a campaign ad. Yes, it's weird, but it was a pretty funny idea (that somehow managed to increase the character's ratings in the polls).
Here, we see next to no difference in his chest from the previous film, probably because they were filmed so close together.
10. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Will Ferrell returns shirtless in yet another sex scene. This time, it is in a "risky" (for the setting of the film) sexual moment with his African American female boss. The funniest part of this scene, however, was not that he was shirtless; it was that the scene kept fading in and out of different "interracial moments" in history (Jackie Robinson, etc.)
Here, we don't get too good of a look at Will Ferrell's full body, but from the above shot, we see that he has gained a little bit more weight since The Campaign.
11. Get Hard (2015)
In Will Ferrell's most recent comedy, Ferrell does not make the audience wait for his shirtless moment. Instead, he shows up 'buck-nude' right at the start, as he awakes from his bed and stretches naked in front of his window as a flute softly plays. Fortunately for us, we don't see anything we haven't seen already.
In this scene, we see that Will Ferrell has once again started losing weight and is shaving a little bit more. Still, though, he will never be as good looking as Taylor Lautner.
So that, my friends, was the evolution of Will Ferrell's shirtless scenes.