We interrupt EW’s regular forecast issue for this update: On July 9, 2004, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, a $25 million comedy starring Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate, will hit theaters all across America. Ferrell stars as the macho, mustachioed Burgundy, whose all-male news team is threatened by the arrival of ambitious newswoman Veronica Corningstone (Applegate). Enlisting fellow newscasters Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell, Ferrell wages war against the plucky journalist. Below is an excerpt from EW’s exclusive interview with the cast and director Adam McKay.
EW Mr. Ferrell, Anchorman is set in the ’70s. Are you aware that’s the cheesiest era of TV newsand perhaps civilization?
FERRELL Yes. This era set the precedent for cheese in local TV news, which would make Ron Burgundy the founding forefather of cheesy local TV news.
EW Mr. Carell, using your experience in Bruce Almighty and as a correspondent on The Daily Show, can you qualify the cheese factor in Anchorman?
CARELL Will Ferrell is definitely the Nacho. I would probably be the Spicy Jalapeno, Paul Rudd is Cool Ranch, and Dave Koechner would be…Jarlsberg.
EW Ms. Applegate, this is a broad comedy from DreamWorks. What are the hidden health risks?
APPLEGATE Paul Rudd in his tightie whities might be so disturbing that you may develop a disease.
EW Mr. McKay, are you sure this movie is safe? What about the children?
MCKAY The film was put through several batteries of tests. There is no risk of choking or noxious fumes into the eyes. But there’s a great risk to the integrity of the well-coiffed man’s hairdo.