03/18/2015 04:14 pm ET | Updated Mar 18, 2015

Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart's Failed Audition Tapes Show They're Not Quite Interchangeable

In the new film "Get Hard," Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are finally fulfilling what they say is a longtime desire to work with each other.

But why couldn't these two comic giants collaborate before?

Turns out it was a well-kept and entirely made-up Hollywood secret: They've been competing for the same iconic parts.

Watch their "failed audition tapes" from Funny Or Die. Suddenly Hart as Buddy in "Elf" or as Ricky Bobby in "Talladega Nights" makes total sense to us.


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