In his movies, Will Ferrell typically plays the very extreme role of the outrageous, nonsensical man who has absurd ideas of how reality really is. Several examples that he is famous for playing this kind of role include movies like Blades of Glory, Talladega Nights, Anchorman, and Step brothers, just to name a few. In these roles he emphasizes what Colin Tait calls the “absurdity of excessive masculinity”. By this he means that he exemplifies the ridiculousness of what it is to be a man, in the crudest sense of the word.
For example, in these roles there are excessive sexual comments, a gross lack of manners and ridiculous stupidity that is thought of the typical guy jock, not to stereotype or anything. Will Ferrell always has the lines in moves that people remember and quote, I mean everyone remembers the classic Ron Burgundy lines from Anchorman that are remembered for the sheer ridiculousness.
Another actor that I feel exemplifies this almost as well as Will Ferrell is Seth Rogan, who plays the role of the man who never grew up. In all of his movies he plays the unemployed guy who sits around, smokes and takes on next to no responsibility, which is the height of absurd masculinity, because it is what the “stereotypical man” if he had no responsibility would do. His role in the movie Knocked Up is a perfect example of this. He doesn’t have a real job, sits around and smokes weed and talks about sex and then gets Katherine Hegel pregnant and half heartedly takes on the daddy role.
However, he does play this role very differently from Will Ferrell due to the fact that Will plays his roles in a very manly way, where he is very successful but just absurd in his actions are where as Seth Rogan plays a more childlike and younger role, which probably does reflect the age of the actor.
I fell that Seth Rogan is comparable to Will Ferrell in his level of ridiculousness and the type of role that he plays which is extremely masculine but still childish and crazy.