01/31/2012 at 02:00 PM EST
Honda's Ferris Bueller's Day Off
-inspired Super Bowl ad
was an Internet sensation – but the commercial's star Matthew Broderick didn't initially jump at the chance to reinvent his classic '80s film.
"It took a little, uh, thinking about it," Broderick, 49, told New York's Vulture blog
. "It took a little time."
But eventually, the actor said he "ended up thinking it might be amusing."
Part of the decision came from knowing that The Hangover
's Todd Phillips – whom Broderick calls "a good director" – was in charge of the two and a half-minute skit, which contains more than 24 references to the original movie.
"I thought it would be fun to send up Ferris Bueller a little bit," the hubby of Sarah Jessica Parker
says of the four-day L.A. shoot that resulted in the viral video, jokingly adding, "I guess I'm part of a virus."