The gag reel from 'Anchorman 2' is even funnier than the film itself
Anchorman was a pretty special movie. Despite being a mostly-improvised, slapdash assortment of comedic sketches loosely tied together by a broad plot, it somehow all worked out. In fact, it has become a modern classic as far as comedies are concerned.
Coming into the view of pop culture just as YouTube was booming and social media was still becoming a thing, it blossomed into one of the most-quoted movies ever made.
While there was definitely some great talent involved in the first film, many thought that it was also catching lightning in a bottle. On the one hand, fans of the original were dying to see their favourite characters return again in some context, but others worried whether a sequel could ever live up to the original. After all, popular comedies tend to have a pretty rough time making a second entry work.
Off the top of my head I can only really think of 22 Jump Street as a good example, and part of that was down to the movie making fun of its sequel-status throughout its entire runtime. When it came to Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, there was a lot of trepidation after it was announced - and for the most part, it pulled off the impossible once again, with generally positive reviews and a being a box office success.
In March 2012, they got the go-ahead for the sequel, and Ferrell officially announced the film on Conan, fully in character as Ron Burgundy - and absolutely trashing Conan in the process.
This entry saw Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) and Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) married as co-anchors for a prestigious news network in New York City. Once Ron loses his job and his wife is promoted, he storms out of the house, his marriage ends, and he ends up reuniting with his old team. Satirising the 24 hour news cycle and the increasingly sensationalist US media, the movie had its fair share of great moments - much of which, again, came from the cast's improvisation.
As with the first entry, this ad-libbing led to some hilarious scenes, while plenty of other funny moments were left on the cutting room floor. After all, there's only so much they can fit in the movie. Lucky for us, we got to see these outtakes in the blooper reel that was later released, which you can check out here:
Better than the actual movie? Maybe!
As far as a third film in the series, it's still up in the air. It's somehow been nearly five years (!!!) since the last movie was released, and while the crew seem keen to get back together, there's nothing set in stone.
"If Anchorman 2 gets that sort of second life, if three, four years from now people start asking us that question a lot and there's an idea, we would be open to that," director Adam McKay told Time in 2014. I, for one, am definitely intrigued to see what Ron Burgundy does next.