To quote Ron Burgandy: “I wanna say something. I’m gonna put it out there; if you like it, you can take it, if you don’t, send it right back.” I’m probably going to catch all sorts of flack for this, but Christina Applegate is my least favorite part of the original Anchorman movie. She’s a fine actress and everything, and it very well could have been the writing, but I just didn’t think she was on par with Ferrell and the rest of the gang when it came to comedy. So you’ll have to excuse me if I sound like I’m trapped in a glass case of emotion when I tell you that Applegate is coming back for the sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues.
Sure, it makes sense to bring Veronica Corningstone back. She was the driving force of the plot of the first movie, and is just as important a character (if not moreso) than everyone save for Ron Burgandy himself. But when the sequel was first announced and Applegate’s name wasn’t touted in the news along with everyone else’s, I started thinking about what an Anchorman movie might be like without her and was interested to see what Adam McKay and Will Ferrell would conjure up. (For the record, I’m not suggesting that there be no women in the movie…just a different actress.)
Applegate’s reps confirmed to Celebuzz that she’d be back for round 2, but David Koechner (Champ Kind) originally dropped the news to E! Online. The movie will definitely be set around the origin of the 24-hour news cycle, and director Adam McKay described the setting a bit better a few months back:
“All of a sudden, local news stations diversified and had Latino anchors and African-American anchors, and any time you’re talking about diversity and the Action News team, that’s always fun to deal with.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe diversity is an old, old wooden ship…annnnnd I’m off to re-watch Anchorman for the billionth time.