Ferrell was a guest on Monday night’s edition of ManningCast, an alternate live TV broadcast of Monday Night Football co-hosted by Manning and his older brother, Peyton Manning–also an ex-NFL star known as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
During the program, Ferrel was presented with an instant replay clip of Eli Manning mimicking Ferrell's famous "Ma, Meatloaf!" line from his cameo in the 2005 movie Wedding Crashers.
When asked what he thought of the impression, and given the option of rating it a 1 or a 2 on a scale of 1-10, Ferrell didn't give Manning an easy pass.
“It’s probably about a, I’ll say like a 1.1," said Ferrell and clarified:
“I mean, 1 for effort, 1 for giving it a shot. It’s definitely not a 2.”
You can watch how Ferrell delivered the line in this scene with Owen Wilson from Wedding Crashers.
Warning: NSFW language.
Wedding Crashers - "Meatloaf Scene w/ Will Ferrell" - (HD) 2005youtu.be
Ferrell continued to coach Manning with a few pointers on acting.
“It was great context, timing was good,” he said.
“You rushed it a little bit, and it’s supposed to be … you gotta have a little more, you gotta use your diaphragm."
"There’s some rage behind it."
Ferrell then demonstrated how it's really done by revisiting the iconic line.
"This guy had some rage, so it was more like, ‘MA, MEATLOAF.'”
When Manning repeated the line, he showed some improvement.
But Ferrell instructed him to have more of a "growl behind it" and repeated the line.
This time, Manning took it in a different direction, prompting Ferrell to respond:
"Why did you have to drag it out? 'Maaawww,' Why did you drag it out like that? Just bark it."
Manning made the excuse that it was a "southern drawl thing."
The interaction between the unlikely duo was a comedic touchdown.
After Ferrell barked the order one last time for good measure, a seemingly defeated Manning commented:
"My mom's starting to come down here. She's freaking out here, she doesn't know what's going on."
"She's getting concerned."
Oh, well. Drama class dismissed.