Nine years after “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” skewered the spray-tanned bravado of action news, Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 team will return to theaters on Wednesday with “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.”
The Sunday night premiere at the Beacon Theater, sponsored by Dodge, featured TV notables both fictional and famous, including Amy Schumer, Hoda Kotb and NY1’s Pat Kiernan.
For director Adam McKay, getting the gang back together after a sizeable absence was “very natural and easy. All that beginning stuff of ‘is this going to work or not’ was gone. We’re all friends, and we all know the game.” When asked if any of his cast had changed in the interim, McKay confided (with mock-seriousness), “They’re all great, even-keeled people… the only guy who’s become a bit of a dick is [Paul] Rudd. Too much of a team around him, I actually never got to talk to him in person the whole time.”
Actor Paul Rudd offered a different side of the story. “The first time Adam ever said one word to me as at the wrap party, and that was ‘you know you were our ninth choice.’ And that was this go ‘round. ‘But Adam, I was in the first one…’ I didn’t even get the sentence out before he walked away.”
Will Ferrell, the film’s titular news anchor, swears that the gap between films has had little effect on his performance. “I haven’t changed a bit, but [the guys] totally have,” Ferrell joked through a poker face. “I would cry myself to sleep at night, and think ‘why did I do this?’”
Despite his recent leading-man roles, Ferrell was excited to reunite with heavy-hitters Steve Carrell, Christina Applegate, and fellow SNL-alum David Koechner. “I’m not threatened by other people in the movie being funny, I think it’s more enjoyable for people in the audience. When you exit a movie, the audience wants to see you make an entrance. It’s fun to write for multiple funny characters.”
The afterparty was held at Cipriani’s midtown flagship on 42nd Street. Also in attendance were Zachary Quinto, Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, and Bobby Moynihan.