We Love Lamp, ‘The Landlord,’ and SO Much More About Our ‘Anchorman 2′ Set Visit
Seeing Ron Burgundy berate a dolphin is kind of a big deal. Seeing Will Ferrell dressed as Ron Burgundy getting an earful from his former pint-size "Landlord" Pearl McKay is a colossally huge deal.
Lucky for you, we were on hand to witness such an event this past May at San Diego's Sea World, where, along with a group of select journalists, we witnessed the last day of filming "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," Ferrell's long-clamored-for follow-up to the 2004 comedy classic "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."
If we had only gotten to see 1979 revived in Sea World's Blue Horizons Stadium, chock-full of hundreds of extras decked out in porn-staches and OP shirts, it would have been enough. If we were only able to see Ferrell in character as Burgundy, drunkenly MCing the show, slandering dolphins and guests alike, it would have been enough. But seeing Burgundy being ripped to shreds by Pearl, Ferrell's former nemesis, who, at the ripe old age of 2, so famously floored him in the 2007 groundbreaking "Funny or Die" short "The Landlord"… well, that was one of those days that makes us believe in comedy heaven.
Honestly though, after spending the day on set, and interviewing Ferrell and Pearl's dad, writer-director Adam McKay, Pearl's inclusion is just one of many set-visit revelations that get us even more excited about "Anchorman 2." In no particular order, here are the seven most stoke-inducing revelations from the set visit.
(Though the scene we witnessed is at the very beginning of the movie, we should probably go ahead and warn you that some minor spoilers are forthcoming, but we can guarantee they'll be even funnier when you see 'em play out on the big screen.)
"The Landlord" is back, and she's meaner than ever…
1. Here's the setup: Burgundy's at an obvious low point, as he's no longer doing the news and has to take on work as an MC at a dolphin show. In order to cope, Burgundy drinks— a lot —which causes the crowd to turn on him. As the crowd unrest swells, individuals begin to personally take stabs at Burgundy, including Pearl, who gets in plenty of zingers, like our personal favorite: "You are a drunken, washed-up hack, Ron Burgundy!"
To make matters worse, Ferrell's own kids get in on the action too, yelling with as much fake vitriol as they can muster: "You're a punk, Ron Burgundy!" and "We paid hard-earned money to see this show! Boo!"
On a break from shooting, McKay sat down for an interview. Eventually, Pearl came over and shyly clung to her father's side, a loving antithesis to her frightening onscreen presence. We asked McKay how it felt to reunite Ferrell with his daughter, both of whom he previously directed in "The Landlord."
"She works with him all the time. It's old hat," said McKay. "[Pearl] wanted to be in it, though. She likes it. She likes screaming at Uncle Will."
Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner & Will Ferrell in Paramount Pictures's 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.'
Pearl didn't come up with those zingers on her own…