Anchorman makes a return

Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Will Ferrell, left to right, in Anchorman 2.

Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Will Ferrell, left to right, in Anchorman 2.

The Ryersonian caught up with stars from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues a few weeks ago and got the 411 on what it was like to get back into character after a decade-long vacation from the original.

Anchorman is back on the silver screen with a sequel this December, nine years after its predecessor. Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner all make a return, and were overjoyed to revisit the successful franchise.

“It was such a blast doing the first one that I would jump at the chance to come back and beat a dead horse,” said Rudd.

Both Carell and Rudd have kept busy since the first Anchorman instalment. Carell has found success in The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, while Rudd has starred in I Love You, Man and Our Idiot Brother. Nevertheless, they said getting back into character wasn’t a challenge.

“At times, it didn’t seem difficult at all, like I feel we know these characters pretty well,” said Rudd.  “But I would say throughout the shoot, there were many moments where I thought, oh God, am I doing this right?”

When it came to playing Brick, Carell used the time off to his advantage.

“The more lost I felt, the better that served me,” said Carell. “The more out of sorts I felt, in general, the better I think that played into Brick.”

The Anchorman men are known for their awkwardness with the ladies, but Steve Carell and Paul Rudd have plenty of wisdom to offer when it comes to picking up university girls.

Rudd’s character, Brian Fantana, has a cologne cabinet he uses to “musk up” before attempting to ask out Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) in the first film. The smell not only scares off Corningstone, but the whole Channel 4 News office. Naturally, Rudd recommends going au natural.

“I would say to guys, college guys — drop the cologne. No one likes it. Use your own natural musk, which will bring the ladies in busloads.”

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues hits theatres Dec. 20.

This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on November 27, 2013.

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