Once upon a time, way back in 2000, a lowly SNL writer named Zach Galifianakis came up with a brilliant idea for a sketch for the show’s star, Will Ferrell, and the week’s host, Britney Spears. “We were going to shrink him through the magic of television and put him inside her bellybutton as her bellybutton’s bodyguard,” Galifianakis explains to MovieFone. Sadly, the pitch did not go over well at the table read. “There was not one laugh for four minutes,” he says. “Will is just, like, reading.” In hindsight, though, has any belly button needed a bodyguard more than Spears’s in the last twelve years?
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Actor Zach Galifianakis attends the ‘Due Date’ Premiere at The Empire Cinema, Leicester Square on November 3, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images) Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images/2010 Getty Images