Exclusive: Can Anyone Keep a Straight Face in 'Anchorman 2' Gag Reel?
By David Weiner
Being on the set of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues must have been one of the hardest jobs in the world, simply due to the incredibly difficult task of keeping a straight face -- onscreen and off -- while Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner let the jokes rip. There were so many jokes, ad-libs and improv moments that the producers released an entirely different version of the movie containing 763 new jokes! Watch the fun -- at the expense of The Elephant Man -- in this exclusive gag reel moment from the new Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Blu-ray Combo pack, appropriately available tomorrow on April Fool's Day.
Prior to the film's release, Anchorman star David Koechner revealed to ETonline that a second version of the film was already planned, and explained why: "They're alternative scenes that didn't make [the first cut of Anchorman 2]. ... We have an embarrassment of riches, joke-wise and comedy-wise."
The long-awaited, fan-demanded sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues finds San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Ferrell), returning to the news desk with a whole new set of challenges in the new, 24/7 newsworld populated by equal opportunies, integrated ethnicities and bold sexual preferences. Now married to his co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), can Ron and his pals -- weatherman Brick Tamland (Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (Koechner) -- handle the new age of journalism?
In addition to the Gag Reel, Parts 1 & 2, there's an embarrassment of riches on the Anchorman 2 Blu-ray Combo Pack, which includes both the theatrical release and the Super-Sized R-Rated Version; commentary by director Adam McKay, producer Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd & David Koechner; Behind-the-Scenes: Newsroom - inside the making of the film; Line-O-Rama, Parts 1 & 2; Welcome to the Dolphin Show; Catfight; News-O-Rama; Kench-O-Rama; Cast Table Read; Inside the News Fight; Baxter & Doby; Anchorman 2: The Musical—A look at the musical sequel that almost was; deleted scenes; extended and alternate scenes; and much more!