Funnymen Play Out Disney Park Fantasies
By DAVID WEINER
August 01, 2012
Russell Brand, Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Jason Segel are playing out their Disney Park fantasies, transforming into the roles of fabled Disney characters as part of the ongoing "Let the Memories Begin" celebration -- and we're behind the scenes with the stars as they're shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz!
In the two new Disney Dream Portraits, Black, Ferrell and Segel portray the Hitchhiking Ghosts from Disney's landmark Haunted Mansion attraction (the first time Disney characters created for theme parks have been included in the campaign). The tagline of their image reads, "Where you can go on the ride of your afterlife." Brand portrays Peter Pan's nemesis Captain Hook, narrowly escaping the jaws of the crocodile who has chased him for years. His tagline reads, "Where every moment leaves you hungry for more."
"There are similarities between me and Captain Hook in that I am an Eaton-educated, piratical buccaneer living on the high seas, stealin' and a-robbin' and loathing the perpetual innocence and childhood of Pan, Peter Pan – ooh, how I hate him!" jokes Brand. "And as for that crocodile that ate my hand, I'm fuming!"
Meanwhile, Black, Ferrell and Segel got a kick out of their ghostly duds and elongated hitchhiker thumbs. "I've had this poster on my wall since I was 15 years old," says Jason of the Haunted Mansion ghosts. "I was really honored and excited when I found out we were going to do this – and with two of the best dudes of all time."
The new images by Annie Leibovitz and Disney Parks premiere as a special insert in fall issues of GQ, O - The Oprah Magazine, People, People En Español, Vanity Fair, Real Simple, Essence, and InStyle.