Steve Carell’s character will “devolve” in ‘Anchorman 2′

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

If it ain't broke, don't fix it -- that seems to be the guiding philosophy behind the long-awaited sequel to "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," at least as far as Steve Carell is concerned.

Appearing on "The Tonight Show" Thursday night, Carell told host Jay Leno that shooting is under way in Atlanta for "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," and his character, numbskull weatherman Brick Tamland, will be just as we remember him from the 2004 original.

"How has your character evolved since then?" Leno asked. Carell cheerfully replied, "He will not evolve. He will devolve!" As Jay and the audience laughed, Carell added, "That was my hope with the movie … that it's just going to be exactly the same. Nobody changes."

Apparently Carell got what he wanted. When asked about the film in January, he told a reporter, "I think it's such a great ensemble piece that I would hope that our roles are the same as they were the first time around. The storyline is going to be different, but I hope the people in it are exactly the same."

That's not to say nothing will be different in the follow up. While Carell, Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner are all returning in their original roles, Kristin Wiig has been confirmed to join the ensemble in "Anchorman 2," reportedly as Brick's significant other. And a casting call for a John C. Reilly look-alike in Atlanta has led to speculation that Reilly will play a supporting role in the picture.

As to what Ron Burgundy and his cohorts will be up to, Ferrell and writer and director Adam McKay have been shy about offering details, but McKay did offer a reporter some clues. "I don't want to give away too much, but I'll just give a couple of ideas that we've kicked around," McKay said. "I'll say one phrase for you: custody battle.
I'll give you that. I'll give you another one: bowling for dollars."