Paul Rudd, Steve Carell talk 'Anchorman 2,' car chases: 3 highlights
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" stars Paul Rudd and Steve Carell are back for more newsroom debauchery and promise the film is as risky and fresh as its predecessor.
In the movie, which was released in theaters nationwide on Dec. 18, Will Ferrell returns to the role of crass news anchor Ron Burgundy, bringing along his friends Brick Tamland (Carell), Brian Fantana (Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and now-wife Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy (Christina Applegate) for the ride.
Directed by Adam McKay, who helmed the original 2004 film, "Anchorman 2" also features numerous cameo appearances from many of Hollywood's elite comedic actors such as Vince Vaughn, Jim Carrey, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, as well as musicians like Drake and Kanye West.
OTRC.com recently sat down with Rudd and Carell, who spoke about not giving in to social media hype surrounding the film, adlibbing their lines throughout the film and the public's interest in watching car chases unfold on the news.
Watch Rudd and Carell's full interview with OTRC.com, as well as trailers from the film, above and check out three highlights from the interview below.
1. On the fascination with car chases ...
Rudd: "They're always on. Even after all these years, if one's on it's very hard to change the channel. It's very kind of hard to tear your eyes away from the screen."
2. On the viewers' anticipation, social media promotion ...
Rudd: "Well, I don't think we can deal with that. I mean, there's certain things we have control over and certain things we don't, and the only thing we focus on is having a good time doing it and try to keep the spirit alive that we felt, kind of the dynamic in the first one, and try and recreate that a little bit."
"And that happens naturally because we enjoy working with one another, but we all had faith in Will and Adam [director Adam McKay] in coming up with a story and a script that was going to be risky and unique, not a carbon copy of the first one and take a really big swing, because that's inherent in who they are and in their comedy."
3. On ad-libbing lines ...
Carell:"You know what, it's the joy of making each other laugh. It's the joy of kind of figuring out, because now we all know each other really well, so if you get a sense of where people are going and if somebody is on a role, everybody gets behind that person. There's very, I was gonna say little competition but there's no competition."
"Everyone's just sort of in it for the greater good and that's the joy in it, when we're all trying to get together and make something funny and if somebody's really doing something that's fantastic, we try to set them up and make it even better."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the nationally syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).