Will Ferrell speaks only Spanish in new film

Actor Will Ferrell in the "CBS This Morning" studios
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(CBS News) "My high school Spanish teachers are going to be so proud of me," Will Ferrell said describing his his new movie, "Casa de mi Padre." He only speaks Spanish in the movie. "I deserve an Oscar just for effort... Start the campaign."

Ferrell plays a hapless Mexican rancher trying to save his family's farm and dealing with his brother's involvement in a drug war. The film was inspired by telenovelas that Ferrell would watch while channel surfing. The genre is renown for its melodrama and over-the-top style and is often referred to as "Spanish soap operas" by American audiences.

When he's not being a funnyman on the screen in movies like "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights," Ferrell can be found at home, wrestling with his three sons, Magnus, Mattias and Axel, ages 8, 5 and 2. He calls life with three boys "blissful chaos."

"My wife and I will go to bed at night laughing over what the heck just happened today?" he said. Ferrell is married to Swedish actress Viveca Paulin.

Do his kids know what he does?

Ferrell said his sons have seen some of his movies, but not a lot.

"I think they think it's just a job I do," he said. "And they of they've seen so much stuff but not a lot. They're still pretty little. I think they think it's cool but otherwise I'm just their dad."

To see the full interview with Will Ferrell, click on the video in the player above.