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Ferrell and Galifianakis put the camp in campaign with hockey-themed promo stunt

Actors Will Farrell, left, and Zack Galifianakis, centre, drive a Zamboni outside the Hockey hall of Fame as they promote their new movie called "The Campaign" in Toronto on Monday, July 30, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO - Comics Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have brought their off-the-wall campaign for the hearts and minds of moviegoers to Canada's Hockey Hall of Fame.

The duo posed with the Stanley Cup on Monday as they touted their upcoming political comedy, "The Campaign," and boasted of the L.A. Kings' triumph at the last NHL playoffs.

Ferrell and Galifianakis play rival politicians seeking a seat in Congress.

They appeared in character for their Canadian whistlestop, where Toronto Mayor Rob Ford presented them with miniature versions of the cup and his leftover campaign stickers.

Ferrell, clad in a Kings' jersey with his name emblazoned on the back, hammed it up with Mounties who stood watch while Galifianakis handed out muffins to a waiting throng of fans and reporters.

"The Campaign" opens Aug. 10.

Ferrell and Galifianakis made their arrival on a Zamboni plastered with their film's poster, creeping down the city's main thoroughfare to the Hall of Fame where dozens of contest winners and passersby waited.

Inside, Ferrell thanked hockey museum officials and Mayor Ford for their hospitality.

"It's exciting to be here, representing Los Angeles, the home of the Stanley Cup," a stone-faced Ferrell declared to mock boos and hisses from the audience.

"(It was a) hard-fought battle. Los Angeles is the best team in the NHL. But you know what? Toronto's a great city too and one day you will hoist that magnificent cup above your head. And let's have a quick shout-out for Yellowknife, OK?"

Previous stops on their 11-city tour have included an outdoor marketplace in Los Angeles, a naval base in Fort Worth, Texas, and Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The pair were also set to appear on MuchMusic and walk the red carpet before an advance screening of "The Campaign" for Canadian fans.

"Saturday Night Live" alum Ferrell plays long-serving congressman Cam Brady who suddenly finds himself fighting for political survival against a naive rookie candidate, Marty Huggins, played by "The Hangover" star Galifianakis.

Directed by Jay Roach ("Meet the Parents"), "The Campaign" also stars Jason Sudeikis as Cam's loyal but overwhelmed campaign manager and Dylan McDermott as the image consultant tasked with transforming Marty's public image.

Galifianakis took the mic briefly but said public speaking wasn't his forte.

"This poem is called 'Kamloops,'" Galifianakis said as he pretended to read a poem at the mic before offering his thanks to the crowd.

"It was a real excitement to ride on the Stromboli here today."

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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