Will Ferrell, or better yet, Ron Burgundy, crashed a local news station in Bismarck, North Dakota Saturday night. Dressed head to toe as the lovably delusional Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell, 46, read the news in complete character without even cracking a smile.
The usual evening newscast while delighted to have Will Ferrell drop in to spice things up and add some comedy to the routine workday, fellow newsreaders could barely keep a straight face, making their task of reading the news a hilariously difficult one.
Amber Schatz, Will Ferrell’s co-anchor for the night, said “The second he said ‘Good evening, I’m Ron Burgundy,’ I lost it… It was really hard not to laugh.”
Ron Burgundy’s drop in on the local news show is the latest in Anchorman 2’s marketing campaign. Amongst Ron Burgundy’s explosive and unexpected appearances include talk shows, several television commercials, and even a new Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor called “Scotchy Scotch Scotch,”, according to the AP.
Will Ferrell, being the true comedian that he is, couldn’t help but to sprinkle in some of his own improv humor based on the Bismarck’s news rundown.
“I’ve never seen fighting in a hockey match before,” said Ron Burgundy after witnessing a brawl breakout in an NHL match during the sportscast “That was fascinating.”
Ron Burgundy’s tendency to objectify women took center stage after an awkward exchange between him and his co-anchor Amber Schatz.
Ron Burgundy made a comment about how “lovely” she looked and then asked if Schatz was married. When she responded no, Ferrell replied in a comedic stroke of ego “Well I am, so don’t get any ideas.”
Anchorman 2 which is set to hit theaters December 18th, is receiving much deserved anticipation after Anchorman one became an almost instant hit. Paramount pictures even bumped up the movie’s release date two days to December 18th due to expected high demand.
Anchorman 2’s plot involves a relocation of Ron Burgundy’s newsteam (Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner) to New York, where they are set to join a 24 hour news team.
“(The network) literally just needed more bodies,” said Will Ferrell in an interview with Moviefone. “They had to hire so many people, a massive group of people, at one time, to be on around the clock. That’s why he and his news are on at two in the morning. And, of course, they are horribly upset by that.”
New actors are set to join the film, including Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson and Meagan Good.
Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2 and his legendary character Ron Burgunday are up against other Christmas releases such as Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”, and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Despite such intimidatingly potential blockbuster hits, I’m sure Ron Burgundy and his ego will have no problem crushing the competition.
Trying to end the newscast, Ferrell’s signature catchphrase “stay classy” didn’t make it into the night’s final moments after he jokingly missed his cue to sign off.
Ferrell ended by saying “What? Am I supposed to read that?”
by John Amaruso
NY Daily News