Extra role in Ferrell movie sells for thousands


SAN MARCOS, Calif. -- A role as an extra in Will Ferrell's new movie sold in an online charity auction for $47,100.

The money will go to the Cancer for College foundation run by Craig Pollard, who was a fraternity brother of Ferrell's at Southern California.

The high bidder is a man from Dallas who asked to remain anonymous, but said he bid on the role for his 10-year-old son.

"Winning this auction means a lot to me on a very personal basis," the winner said. "I lost my mother to ovarian cancer a few years ago so I feel fortunate that my 10-year-old and I are able to participate in an event involving Cancer for College and Will Ferrell. It's a great opportunity for him to both hang out with 'Ricky Bobby' and learn a valuable life lesson -- that it's important to help people who need help by whatever means you are able to do so, whether that's monetarily or by giving your time."

Ferrell came up with the idea to auction off a non-speaking part as an extra in his new movie, "Step Brothers."

"We are overwhelmed with the response and generosity to the auction," Ferrell said. "This money will help so many young people with their dreams of attending college."

The winner is scheduled to meet Ferrell on Friday at the 14th annual Cancer for College golf tournament dinner at Temecula Creek Inn, then join the actor on the movie set next month.

The opening bid was $5,000.

Pollard, a two-time survivor of Hodgkin's disease, started Cancer for College to provide college scholarships to current and former cancer patients. The charity has awarded $200,000 to 50 cancer survivors since 1993.