Paramount's "Anchorman 2" hits theaters today Dec. 18 and it is definitely a must-see. We're a huge fans of the first "Anchorman," which came out about 10 years ago, so we were a little bit skeptical because sequels usually are not as funny or good as the first. We can assure you that "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" lives up to all the hype. Will Ferrell’s comedic timing is impeccable. Ferrell is supported by an amazing cast including: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate and Meagan Good, who all deliver stellar performances. Not only is this film hilarious, but it sends an important message and is overflowing with amazing cameos. Examiner.com had the opportunity to exclusively interview the film's director Adam McKay via a roundtable. Check out highlights from our chat below:
Speak about the hip-hop cameos from Drake ad Kanye. How did that come about? What was it like working with them?
AM: It was a dream. I’m a huge hip hop fan going way back like back to ’83. I had my Gemini mixer listening to Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow. So the idea of Kanye West on the set and Drake on the set and at one time Kanye and I were talking about a song he was doing, kicking around rhymes for it. I was like he’s probably not going to use what I’m suggesting, but it was really fun and a treat. Drake is an experienced actor so he was no problem, but Kanye hasn’t done as much acting, but the trick with Kanye, which I didn’t know, but Kanye is really funny and actually improvised some funny lines. One actually made it into the movie. I would throw him a line and he would say, “I don’t know if I like that” and he would say, let me try this and we would go back and forth and play with the lines. It was such a blast and he would play his new album for us on set.
What was it like working with Meagan Good?
AM: Oh my God she is great!!! I just kept saying you’re a movie superstar. Beautiful, good actress, game! She would just roll with it, go with it, try this and she would just do it. I will never forget when she came raging into the studio and kicked the crap out of Will for a scene. I was like, “Wooooooow, where did that come from?” and she said, “My father was a cop,” so Meagan is a secret bad ass. She’s tough, man. She was awesome just said "yes, yes" would try anything go there with no problem and try anything. I think this could be a big thing for her. You just look at her and say that is a giant movie star.
The first "Anchorman" came out almost 10 years ago, and now you're stars have become so much more famous, can you reflect on that?
AM: It's kind of nuts…Every studio in town said no to making it, so we gave up. I then went on and did "Elf" which I did a big rewrite on, but I didn’t direct that. It wasn’t tip "Old School" came around and because of "Old School" that’s when DreamWorks and Universal came into the mix and wanted to make "Anchorman" which it ended up at DreamWorks. It was a movie that no one wanted to make, it was so hard to make and we worked so hard on it and we finally got to make it. It ended up becoming this kind of group of us that were in it. Seth Rogan had two lines. It was really Steve Carell’s big role other than his cameo in "Bruce Almighty." Paul Rudd did "Clueless" and a smaller movie, but people didn’t know how funny he was at the time. There were all kinds of people that went on and did other things. It became a fond memory and we laughed every day making the movie and we were just so happy being able to finally get to do what we like to do. It was almost like summer camp, like "wow look, what we did at summer camp and look what everyone went on and did.”
How did the sequel come about?
AM: It was after "Step Brothers" and we kept getting asked about it. So Will and I just one day said what would we do and that was kind of the moment. Then we found out more about 24 hours news and knew that would be a good sequel because you can’t repeat the same beats for a sequel, it would just be blah and thought it would be better to just add a chapter to it.
Would you ever consider doing a spin off with one of the other characters of "Anchorman 2"?
AM: That’s interesting you ask. We actually joked about it on set speaking of the son Walter Burgundy and Baxter. We thought we should do a kids movie like a "Milo and Otis" movie, but still stick with the same humor of "Anchorman." It’s interesting you never know…
If you could give me one word to describe your journey with Will Ferrell up until now what would it be?
AM: “Scarecrow! I don’t know what that means, but that’s the word that came to me LOL.”
Lucena Herrera contributed reporting.