Will Ferrell Says He Is Vying to Be PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive 2024: 'Vote for Comedians' (Exclusive)

The star joked at the New York City premiere of 'Despicable Me 4' that he’s “planting the seeds” to land the iconic cover

<p>Dia Dipasupil/Getty</p> Will Ferrell at the premiere of

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Will Ferrell at the premiere of 'Despicable Me 4' on June 9, 2024

One of the funniest men alive is vying for a new title: PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive!

At the New York City premiere of Despicable Me 4 on Sunday, June 9, Will Ferrell revealed his desire to appear on PEOPLE’s iconic annual issue — and kicked off his campaign.

The actor, 56, said he’s “planting the seeds” to end up on the cover “because you guys never have comedians."

“So get it going internally, all right? Sexiest Man,” he added.

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<p>Kayla Oaddams/WireImage</p> Will Ferrell in February 2024

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Will Ferrell in February 2024

And Ferrell (who plays Despicable Me franchise newcomer Maxime Le Mal) dressed the part, channeling “a sexy villain” in his premiere outfit with dark sunglasses and an Adidas track jacket — with the collar popped, of course.

Or, more specifically, “a sexy, soccer-playing villain,” Ferrell revised.

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After laying more groundwork for his Sexiest Man Alive campaign with some not-so-subtle “subliminal” messaging, the comedian joked that his Mega-Minion superpower would be “to be fluent in every language in the world.”

Well, “and be People Magazine's Sexiest Man of the Year,” he said, adding, “Come on. Vote for comedians."

Paul Rudd was PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive in 2021
Paul Rudd was PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive in 2021

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But a comic actor (and friend of Ferrell’s) has been named PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive — none other than his Anchorman (and Shrink Next Door!) costar Paul Rudd.

Rudd — who plays Brian Fantana, part of Ron Burgundy’s news crew in the 2004 film — received the honor in 2021, telling PEOPLE at the time, “I mean I'm going to lean into it hard. I'm going to own this.”

"I'm not going to try to be like 'Oh, I'm so modest,' I'm getting business cards made,” the actor added. “But all of my friends will destroy me and I expect them to. And that's why they're my friends.”

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<p>Dia Dipasupil/Getty</p> From left: Will Ferrel, Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell attend the 'Despicable Me 4' premiere on June 9, 2024

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From left: Will Ferrel, Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell attend the 'Despicable Me 4' premiere on June 9, 2024

Despicable Me 4 actually marked a mini Anchorman reunion, as three of its stars, Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Gru himself, Steve Carell, were all castmates in the beloved franchise. Wiig starred as Carell's love interest in the film's 2013 sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Two decades after the trio — plus Rudd — starred in the film together, Ferrell is still “so proud” of its legacy, he told PEOPLE on the red carpet.

“And I think at the time, we couldn't believe we were getting to make such a weird, bizarre movie,” he added. “So I'm just so happy that it has kind of stayed in the zeitgeist all these years.”

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