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WILL FER­RELL MAKES THE NEWS IN AN­CHOR­MAN 2

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - VICKY ROACH An­chor­man 2: The Le­gend Con­tin­ues opens on De­cem­ber 19.

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

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