Brennan and Dale, the two characters played by Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in Step Brothers, would believe in QAnon, says the film’s director.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Adam McKay says Step Brothers The characters Brennan Huff and Dale Doback would definitely believe in QAnon. The far-right conspiracy theory gained popularity with some Trump supporters during the former US president’s single term, and McKay feels the absurd beliefs are a perfect fit for Brennan and Dale.
Although it has been more than a decade since McKay’s beloved comedy was first released, it has aged well. Like the second film that Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly made together, Step Brothers The box office results weren’t spectacular. Still, he has built a lasting legacy thanks to the Ferrell and Reilly fan base. The film focused on two forty-year-old homeless men (Ferrell and Reilly) who still live at home with their single parents. When Brennan’s mother, Nancy (Mary Steenburgen), marries Dale’s father, Robert (Richard Jenkins), Brennan and Dale have to learn to live together. But of course, easier said than done, and before they can become close, the couple’s relationship is largely based on spite and sometimes even attempted murder. Once they become friends, the stepbrothers turn home life with their parents into something out of a 10-year-old boy’s dream come true.
During a recent New York Times interview with McKay, the Step Brothers The filmmaker was asked to confirm whether Brennan and Dale would buy QAnon. McKay’s response not only made it clear that the characters would be “very into it,” but it also gave a deeper insight into the politics of the delusional couple by noting that they would also be big Trump supporters. Briefly painting scenarios where Brennan and Dale’s QAnon would infiltrate their family life, McKay said:
No doubt about it. They would be very into it, and they would be torturing the characters of Jenkins and Steenburgen with him, and eventually they would have meetings at the house and somehow QAnon would dive into Jenkins’ work life and the Q Shaman would show up at the workplace of Jenkins. . They would also have loved Triumph. I don’t want to speak for Ferrell and Reilly, but I think it can be safely assumed that they would agree with that.
The biggest question for Ferrell, Reilly and Step Brothers fans is whether McKay’s riffs could become Stepbrothers 2. McKay has scoffed at the possibility of a sequel for years. The acclaimed filmmaker even revealed some basic ideas about how a sequel might unfold in 2011. In 2017, Ferrell made it sound like Step Brothers it was his and McKay’s most likely project to finally get the sequel treatment. All that said, the tepid critical response that Presenter 2 received has made the idea of a Stepbrothers 2 a slightly less attractive prospect. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen, just that time will tell.
When it comes to Brennan and Dale, McKay seems to have nailed it by saying that he thinks the pair would be devoted to QAnon. Step Brothers he found his audience by allowing Ferrell and Reilly to get as goofy and immature as they could with the characters, and interestingly enough, conspiracy theories like those advocated by QAnon fit effortlessly into that framework.
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