Will Ferrell Answers Your Questions!

Will Ferrell Answers Your Questions!
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11/10/2006 AT 02:15 PM EST

When we gave PEOPLE.com readers the chance to ask America's top-grossing funnyman anything, many of you wanted to know about one thing: his rich, curly head of hair. While he doesn't perm (five of you asked), Ferrell, 39, has been known to do most anything else for laughs. In Stranger Than Fiction, he plays it relatively straight as a man who suddenly discovers he is the main character in a novel. He sat down with PEOPLE's Oliver Jones to answer your questions.

How do you keep those gorgeous curls so curly, after having to do Ron Burgundy hair, Zoolander hair and so on? It's not damaged at all!Melanie Bailey, Buffalo, N.Y.
I wear wigs. Except for Zoolander. Zoolander was my real hair. That is where I learned you don't actually have to bleach your hair till you go bald. The hair person was like, "I'm surprised it hasn't all fallen out by now."

You played music a lot on SNL. Do you secretly wish you were a rock star?Charlotte French, Portland Ore.
I don't have that thing where rock stars want to be comedians and comedians want to be rock stars. If anything, I would love to be a really lame pop star in a foreign country. What David Hasselhoff is to Germany, I would love to be to, like, Poland. I would love to flood Eastern Europe with insipid pop songs.

How did you propose to your wife (actress Vivica Paulin, 37)? Was it in a funny way or was it all serious?Iliana Quintana, Payson, Utah
It started serious but ended up comedic. I took her to this beach where we had had one of our first dates. She wanted none of it. She was like, "The beach is creepy at night." I was like, "Shut up, this is supposed to be really romantic." I was trying to think of what I was going to say and it just turned into, "So I, uh, really like you and, uh, anyway. ..." Then I went down to a knee – at least I think I did – and proposed.

Does your wife think you're funny, or does she get annoyed?Aubrey Robbins, Waterford, Wis.
I am not on at home, but she has said that she would want to kill me if I was one of those people always trying out my new material on her.

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What kind of things make you laugh?Nicole Sipe, Elkton, Va.
Inappropriate behavior makes me laugh. Yelling at people for no reason in a public place. Yet I don't think that I am such a fan of the Jackass-brand of inappropriate behavior. I prefer clever inappropriate behavior, where you don't necessarily wound yourself.

You picked a unique name for your son, Magnus (age 2). How did you choose it?Mallory Pope,  Huntsville, Ala.
Magnus is (also) my brother-in-law's name. My wife was born in Sweden, and we loved the idea of a Scandinavian name. I've gotten a lot of flack: "What kind of ego do you have to have to name your child ‘the great one'?" That is not it at all.

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