Alongside a hefty paycheck, it's not that unusual for actors to take home props as souvenirs from their projects.
This week, when actor Will Ferrell was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show, the conversation turned to behind-the-scenes antics, and what was revealed was too hilarious not to share. Speaking about props that he has collected over the years, Ferrell revealed that as well as a dusty Ron Burgundy suit lurking at the back of his closet, he also is the proud owner of a lovely pair of prosthetic testicles.
Yep, you heard that right!
Taken from the movie Step Brothers, he described the nuts as one of his "treasured keepsakes" and revealed that the plastic balls are some of his most prized possessions. If you need reminding of their initial claim to fame, journey back to the horrendously hilarious scene in which Ferrell rubs his sweaty ball-sack on the drum set in sheer rage to spite his brother:
Interestingly, he has also previously insisted that the props are in fact modeled on those belonging to Daniel Day-Lewis! He admitted:
"Those were not based on my testicles. However, Oscar winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis allowed his balls to be examined for the prosthetic balls to be made."
When filming ended, he asked the prop people whether he could have the stunt nuts to take as a gift from the movie set and they let him! And naturally, the famed testicles are now the cornerstone of his prop collection, making a surprising appearance from time to time:
“I will often bring those out at dinner parties that we host. They cost $10,000 — they were made by one of the top Hollywood make-up effect houses.”
Alongside the famous drum balls, here are a few more actors that got to keep slightly strange movie set props:
1. Robert Downey Jr.
Item: The Avengers "A"
After asking for it as a joke, RDJ apparently received the 30-foot-tall "A" from the Stark Tower at the end of the 2012 movie. He recounts what happened:
"On the last Avengers, there’s this scene where there’s this ‘A’ which is probably 30 feet tall, and I’m looking at it, and we’re shooting in England, and I go, ‘I need that in my office in Venice.’ About two weeks ago, a wheeler showed up, I’m like, ‘What the heck is this doing here?’, And they go, ‘This is the ‘A’ you asked for.’ And I go, ‘They brought it?’ So now we have a massive Avengers ‘A’ that will be prominently placed."
Be careful what you wish for, I guess. For one, I wouldn't be that amused if a 30-foot letter arrived at my doorstep!
2. Rupert Grint
Item: Privet Drive sign
Instead of deciding to keep what would arguably be one of Ron's most prized possessions (his wand or broom!), Rupert opted for the Privet Drive sign in front of the Dursley's house. Fair enough.
3. Zachary Quinto
Item: Spock's ears
Zachary Quinto was totally right to consider it "wasteful" that every prosthetic pair of ears he wore in the role of Spock in Star Trek: Into Darkness was thrown away. He said:
"In the second movie, I asked if I could preserve a couple for my own collection of ephemera, which I did. I have a couple of pairs of ears."
4. James Franco
Item: Green Goblin mask
After Spider-Man 3 wrapped up, Franco managed to get his hands on the Green Goblin mask and he now has the terrifying creation lying around his home. I hope he sleeps soundly at night... I probably wouldn't.