Crandon Survivor Gets Gift From Will Ferrell

Comic actor Will Ferrell and his writing partner, director Adam McKay, have made a big impact on a Wisconsin mass shooting survivor by sending him a DVD-filled package, along with their well wishes.

McKay learned from a newspaper interview that 21-year-old Charlie Neitzel was using movies -- including his favorite, "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" -- to aid his recovery from the severe wounds and trauma he suffered last October. Neitzel feigned his own death after being shot in the elbow, leg and shoulder as an off-duty sheriff's deputy killed six others at a post-Homecoming party in Crandon.

In an online message, McKay told Neitzel he wrote and directed "Anchorman," and he and Ferrell would be sending him a care package.

The package that arrived at Neitzel's Pickerel home included Ferrell and McKay's most famous shared projects, the "Anchorman" film and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

Also included was a sampling of other comedies and autographed posters.

Neitzel says he can't believe the two have contacted him this way as he continues what he calls his never-ending schedule of surgeries and rehab.

He's now able to walk without support, and he says his right leg is regaining muscle. He expects to undergo at least one more surgery with hope of regaining movement in his elbow.

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  • by heather Location: ec on Mar 19, 2008 at 07:47 AM
    Now that is using celebrity status towards something positive. Many should leard from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay!
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