To build up a bit more excitement for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, we figured we’d sift through the archives and find a few little-known facts about the first film.
Who isn’t excited about Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues? The film is scheduled to hit theatres on Dec. 18 and is steadily building up an almost unbearable amount of hype — especially since Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) himself has been making the rounds on the media circuit.
To celebrate the imminent release of one of the most anticipated films of the year, we should probably reinforce our knowledge of the first movie, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. And what better way to do that than with some fun facts conveniently put together by us?
1. The initial plot involved monkeys?
Yes, indeed. Per Anchorman director Adam McKay, the first draft of the film involved a collision between two planes filled with news anchors and martial-arts-trained monkeys, stranding all parties somewhere in the mountains. The news anchors would eventually turn cannibalistic and go to battle with the monkeys. We kind of like the idea, but it might not have taken off as successfully as the final product did.
2. The movie’s title was taken from a porn documentary
Fun stuff! The film’s title is actually based on a 2001 documentary titled Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy. The more you know, eh?
3. The original script suggested different actors
It seems crazy to have anyone else play the iconic characters in Anchorman, but initially the script suggested completely different actors for all the major roles (other than Ron Burgundy’s). Ben Stiller was pitched to play Brian Fantana, but the role went to Paul Rudd in the end. Chris Parnell was suggested to play Brick Tamland, but Steve Carell was cast instead. John C. Reilly was suggested to play Champ Kind, but David Koechner got the part. Alec Baldwin was suggested to play Frank Vitchard, but Luke Wilson ended up nabbing that role. The film could have been completely different…
4. Brian Fantana’s cologne collection isn’t vintage
In the scene where Brian Fantana discusses his Sex Panther cologne with Ron Burgundy, most of the colognes on the shelf are actually from the 2000s instead of the 1970s. Next time you watch the film, give it a closer look!
5. Judd Apatow makes a cameo
Speaking of the Sex Panther… When Brian Fantana drives the news station into chaos with the appalling smell of the cologne, you can see Knocked Up director Judd Apatow get up in disgust and exclaim, “A turd covered in burnt hair!” Just in case the scene doesn’t ring a bell, you may watch it below. You’re welcome.
6. Jon Hamm and Adam Scott have writing credits
In the film, when one of the monitors shows the rolling credits during Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone’s banter at the end of the newscast, Adam Scott and Jon Hamm are credited as writers — although neither was famous at the time. It turns out Jon Hamm was Paul Rudd’s roommate at the time, while Adam Scott has been his best friend for over 20 years. Hence, they turned it into an “Easter egg.”
Don’t you feel more connected to the movie now? To get you even more excited about the sequel, we’ll leave you with one last fun fact: Anchorman 2 was initially planned as a musical, which is why it will still have several singing scenes. Isn’t that amazing?
Watch the trailer for the movie below.