Will Ferrell appeared on The Tonight Show last night – decked out in a skater’s outfit to boot to promote his film Blades of Glory – and regaled Jay Leno with humorous anecdotes of his two sons, Magnus, 3, and Mattias, 3 months, with his wife, Viveca Paulin.
Just like Magnus, Mattias is a Swedish name (Viveca is Swedish), but while Will knows what Magnus means – "great one" – he isn’t as sure about the definition of his younger son’s moniker.
Mattias means ‘one who eats fire.’ No, I don’t know what it means. It’s a very popular name in Sweden.
Mattias, whose name means "gift of God," recently had this three-month check-up, clocking in the 95th percentile in both height and weight, making his dad quite proud.
All those 3-month-olds – you can eat it! Mattias is big!
As far as the dynamic between his two sons go, Will says Magnus is still getting used to having another member in the household and sometimes takes his anger out on their pets.
He was nice at first [to Mattias]. He hasn’t tried to harm the baby, so that’s good. We have three dogs and he doesn’t have a lot of power, but I think he takes it out on the dogs on purpose because he was the king and now he’s got this little brother. When the dog tries to take food from him, we tell him to say, ‘No, Nuby,’ and one time I was in the other room and I heard, ‘Nuby, I say NO!!!’ So I think he’s acting out. Other than that, I think he’s excited.
Asked if he thinks Magnus is jealous of the attention Mattias is receiving, the comedian says Magnus doesn’t like it "when you hold the baby, look at or talk to the baby…so no, I don’t think he’s jealous."
Will and Viveca turned the focus back on Magnus one night when they took him to a Clippers game, making it clear to their son that it would just be the three of them and no Mattias, eliciting a jubilant "Yay!" from Magnus as he jumped on the couch, reenacted by Will on the show.
Will says the family watched the game in a sky-box and Magnus enjoyed the game, describing the players as "little" and "tiny," to which Will jokingly responded,
I said, ‘No, they’re quite tall.’ But he says, ‘No, they’re little.’ I got quite angry with him. You’re not making sense!