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Exclusive interview with 'Anchorman 2' star Will Ferrell

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"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" hit theaters today on Dec. 18, and had the opportunity to chat with this film's star Ron Burgundy aka Will Ferrell at the film's New York premiere.

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How do you feel about the film finally being made?

Will Ferrell: I think we're just excited that the following is there, that the anticipation is there, and I think we just feel confident in that at least we made something that is surprising, which is hard to do with sequels.

What was the funniest thing that happened on set?

Will Ferrell: Well, there was this one time where on our lunch break, we stole a city bus and we were just driving it through the streets of Atlanta and the cops were chasing us and it was art imitating life. The news covered it, we were gone for 4 hours and we hopped out of the bus and said, "Hey, it's us and everyone had a big laugh."

Can you speak about working with Kanye West?

Will Ferrell: You know that was really fascinating because he came on our set and was exactly the antithesis of what you think he’d be. He’s such a fan of comedy. He was almost reverential and quiet around us and he stayed for two days when we shot him out immediately and he wanted to hang around the whole time, but he’s kind of the most prolific creative person I’ve ever been around because while he was off set, he was on the phone talking about a photo shoot, he was writing down new lyrics for another thing…his mind, I think, is constantly working.

Would you work with Kanye West again?

Will Ferrell: Sure! Yeah!

Is it weird that there are some new personalities who are claiming they are the "real" Ron Burgundy?

Will Ferrell: Well, it's weird only in the sense that when the movie first came out, the local news and media in general kind of poo poo'd it and thought, "Oh that's a silly little movie," but now there's such ownership especially by the news community and that just makes me laugh. You'll have people in every town go, "Was that based on such and such?" and we're like, "No, it's kind of all of you guys!"

What was it like working with Meagan Good?

Will Ferrell: I loved working with Megan Good! We had auditioned a lot of actresses for the role and we were really having trouble and then Meagan came at the last second and stepped right in and is kind of the exact personality we needed to Linda Jackson who’s the team’s new boss and she’s a great actress took to the improv like that and is obviously stunningly beautiful, so she was perfect.

How has Ron Burgundy evolved since the last time we have seen him?

Will Ferrell: He doesn't really evolve, that's why the movie works, is that these guys just refuse to grow emotionally at all. He has a little professional and personal growth at the end of the movie, finally, but I think that's what makes these guys funny, is that unabashedly they just don't change.

Did anyone make fun of your mustache?

Will Ferrell: I did have some people say, "That mustache does not look good on you."

How did your musical collaboration with Robin Thicke come about?

Will Ferrell: That was an idea that I think Paramount Music had. We have Christopher Cross’ “Ride Like the Wind” is a big song at the top of the movie and the idea came to record it with re-record it with Robin Thicke and Ron Burgundy. It’s just I think another little aspect to the promotion of this movie and it kind of shows how excited Paramount got about this.

What do you like to do in your trailer in between scenes or on your down time?

Will Ferrell: You know how those trailers have full kitchens and little ovens and stuff like that? I'm the only one who uses my oven, I cook fantastic lunches for the cast in my trailer, a lot of chicken pot pies, lasagna that's how I relax - I cook in my trailer.

Do you laugh at your own jokes?

Will Ferrell: I laugh like a fool when I watch a movie that I've done like 5 years down the road when it's on cable, i'll just watch and sadly laugh along.

Any cool "SNL" plans or cameos coming up?

Will Ferrell: I don't know! I know Lorne Micheals. There's always an open invitation to come back and host. I think I've hosted 3 times, but it's always about schedules and those sorts of things whenever I can do something on the show it's near and dear to my heart because there's so many people who work there.

What are your kids up to these days?

Will Ferrell: It's a lot of sports, a lot of soccer, anytime they can get their hands on an iPad, that sort of thing, we don't have a lot of electronics in our house, so we try to keep that at a minimum.

Do they get along well?

Will Ferrell: The usual ratio of fighting and cooperation.

How do you find time for your wife?

Will Ferrell: You know what? We find time, we're able to steal away for a moment here and there, we're also not afraid to leave our kids home without a sitter and tell them how to work a cell phone.

Are you guys planning on making an "Anchorman 3"?

Will Ferrell: We haven't even really contemplated that.

Other notables who attended the premiere at Beacon Theater included Steve Carell, Christina Applegate, James Marsden, Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow, Edward Norton, Adam McKay, Kristen Wiig, Will Forte, Zachary Quinto, Nancy Carell, Fred Willard, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, David Koechner, Meagan Good, Haley Joel Osment, Hoda Kotb, Brooke Shields, Chris Henchy, Willie Geist, Bobby Moynihan, Jeff Richmond, Taran Killiam, Judah Nelson, Pat Kiernan, Amy Schumer, Lewis Black, and Andy Cohen. The after-party was held at after party at Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening was sponsored by Buffalo David Bitton and Dodge.


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