WILL FERRELL MAKES THE NEWS IN ANCHORMAN 2
Will Ferrell is accustomed to disappointing people.
No one expects a plumber to replace the tap washers if he comes over for drinks.
But when a comedian sits down at the dinner table, people pretty much take it as a given that he is going to make them laugh.
“I’ve made peace with myself that I am continually letting people down in face-to-face meetings,’’ says the 45-year-old father-of-three, who travelled to Sydney for the Australian premiere of Anchorman 2:
The Legend Continues.
HE’S NOT ACTUALLY FUNNY
“I know I will have encounters where we’ll say hello and we’ll take a picture and they are walking away going: not that funny in person. “I know that’s the truth.” It’s lucky for Ferrell, then, that he never saw humour as a means of making friends or influencing people.
“The needy acceptance thing never drove my comedy.
“I was just fascinated by it. Even as a kid, I loved watching the science or the arithmetical of a really gifted comedian. I wouldn’t laugh at something, I would just say: oh, that’s funny. That’s funny.’’
Like Ben Stiller, who was in Sydney the same week for the premiere of The Secret Life of Walter
Mitty, and Anchorman 2 co-star Steve Carell, returning as weatherman Brick Tamland, Ferrell is quite happy to take a back seat to his larger-thanlife comedy creations.
Creations such as Ron Burgundy, a man who exists at the very epicentre of his own lurid universe.
“It’s very fun to play because I am far from overly confident, personally,’’ Ferrell says of his bestloved character.
“I wouldn’t say I lack confidence, either, but I mean, I would never have predicted any of this would happen to me.”
STARS TURN OUT FOR PREMIERE
DreamWorks certainly didn’t expect much from the original Anchorman film in 2004.
“It was barely released internationally. They just didn’t think it would play,’’ says Ferrell.
He regards the current international promotional tour – which kicked off in Australia on November 24 with a red-carpet premiere, attended by Ferrell, Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and director Adam McKay – as something of a vindication.
“It’s a bit of a victory lap for the first one, which we never got to take because it was such a slow build,” he says.
AUSSIES’ LOVE RUNS DEEP
Ferrell says Australian fans played a major part in the newsreader’s return to the big screen.
“Every time I came down here, I would get two questions about the current movie I was promoting and then the next eight questions would be about Anchorman and are you going to do a sequel?
“I would go back to (director) Adam (McKay) and say it’s crazy the following Anchorman has in Australia.”
“It kind of chipped away at our initial contempt for sequels.”
Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell