The suspense had been building for months, ever since a fan on Reddit asked Will Ferrell about his uncanny resemblance to Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith — who basically looks like Ferrell, but with a backwards hat.
That’s when Ferrell dropped a bombshell: “A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith.”
Chad Smith, apparently not pleased with Ferrell usurping his identity, proposed a drum battle to prove, once and for all, who the real Chad Smith was. The prize: one golden cowbell.
Weeks of smack talking finally came to a head on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” last night with hilarious results, and a big musical surprise.
The big takeaway from the video above? Will Ferrell is a surprisingly capable drummer.
“I just blew my own mind,” he said, after nailing his first solo.
You can watch their pre-drum-battle interview with Fallon here.