Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Poster


The car Ron owns is a 1970 Pontiac, quite possibly a low line Catalina two door hardtop.
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Many of the actors and actresses were good at improvisation, and would sometimes do up to twenty different versions of reaction lines, trying out the first thing that popped into their heads.
The Mexican restaurant Veronica visits, with the girls from the station, is named "Escupimos en su Alimento". In Spanish, that means, "We spit in your food".
This film had been pitched to DreamWorks nearly twenty times before, following the successes of Old School (2003) and Elf (2003). DreamWorks had little faith in the film, doubting Will Ferrell and Adam McKay were able to pull off an entire film based on news anchors. Despite the doubts, it grossed eighty-four million dollars domestically, and Director Adam McKay had so much extra footage, he was able to make a second film out of it.
Adam McKay has said that in the first draft of the script, the story was about a planeload of news anchors who crash in the mountains and discover that the plane which they collided was carrying monkeys and martial arts equipment, leading to a battle between cannibalistic newsmen and star-throwing monkeys.
Amy Poehler was completely cut out of the movie.
Champ's (David Koechner's) line "I will take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again" is a paraphrase of a line from the comic book series "Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future", where Dare's nemesis, the Mekon, makes an identical threat against Dorothy Dare.
Will Ferrell graduated from college with a degree in Journalism, and had truly anchored the local news a few times, before breaking into comedy.
Was inspired by a biography show that Will Ferrell watched about Jessica Savitch, and how one of her male co-workers confessed to being a total chauvinist back in the day.
According to Mr. Burgundy himself, Ron's full name is Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy.
First part of Adam McKay's and Will Ferrell's "Mediocre American Man Trilogy". The second part was Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). The third part was Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013). On all parts, McKay works as the director, Ferrell is the main actor, and they both work as writers on the projects.
The first draft of the screenplay included suggested actors for various roles:
Will Ferrell's character, Ron Burgundy, was inspired by veteran Detroit WDIV-TV broadcaster Mort Crim (1978-1997).
A good portion of scenes from the trailers were omitted from the final cut. These scenes include Burgundy taking a bullet for Veronica, and a later shot of him and her emerging from a television van to a cheering crowd, with Burgundy visibly showing a bandaged wound. The line where Ron asks Garth about his divorce while at a party, is also missing. Other shots cut include Ron walking into a filing cabinet and falling over, alternate dialogue when Ron asks Veronica what her dream is, Veronica and Ron tackling each other on the conference room table, collapsing (with Ron shouting "Let's make a baby!"), Ron admiring his own billboard, Ed Harken asking what a "lead" is, sitting by a poolside, standing by the side of the road with a long beard and guitar on his back trying to hitchhike, and others.
Adam McKay's daughter, Lili Rose, makes a cameo as a girl insulting Ron while he's walking on the street. McKay's wife, Shara Piven, plays the girl's mother.
Ron Burgundy's license plate is "IM #1."
In the night club, Ron plays jazz flute in the style of Ian Anderson, lead singer and flautist of Jethro Tull. Ron blurts out "Hey Aqualung!" at the end of the song, a lyric from the Tull song "Aqualung", the title track of their 1971 album. In addition, the riff that he plays on the flute just before he does so is the main riff of the same song. The pose Ron strikes at the end of the song is also a clear imitation of the band's logo of a flautist turned sideways with one leg up. Ironically, "Aqualung" does not feature any flute.
Though the exact year in which the film is set is not stated, the fact that the characters know all lyrics to the song "Afternoon Delight", and Champ's offhand "Gene Tenace" reference on describing his excitement for sports probably places the time in mid-1977, Tenace's first season with the San Diego Padres.
The zoo scenes were filmed at the old Los Angeles Zoo that closed in 1965. The remaining buildings are a tourist attraction in Griffith Park.
Ron's dog is named after Ted Baxter (Ted Knight), WJM news anchor of Mary Tyler Moore (1970).
John C. Reilly was offered a role, but turned it down because he was filming The Aviator (2004). He says that he regrets the decision. He was cast in a cameo in the sequel.
WILHELM SCREAM: in the fight sequence between the news groups, when Champ throws another man incredibly far into a car window.
Before the news team brawl there is a graffiti tag on the wall [as Vince Vaughn's (Wes Mantooth's) news team ride their bikes into the alley] that reads "Channel 9", the name of Mantooth's news team.
Will Ferrell has played flute since elementary school.
Adam McKay was supposed to have a small cameo as a Network Producer named Aaron Zimmerman, who acted much like Robert Evans, but the idea was cut midway through production. The idea was reprised, however, in the feature introduction commentary to Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie (2004).
Maggie Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Veronica.
A sequel was pitched to Paramount Pictures, but was initially rejected. Will Ferrell later announced that "Anchorman" would get a sequel that released on December 20, 2013.
When Ron and Veronica are in the midst of coitus, Veronica speaks in Spanish and Ron's dog Baxter is heard barking as to respond to her.
WILHELM SCREAM: While everyone is disgusted by Brian's (Paul Rudd's) "stinky" cologne at an office, one of them screams.
There are twenty-three people in the street fight.
Paul Thomas Anderson was originally a producer on the project.
One of Brian Fantana's colognes is called Lime Prop.
When the in-studio monitor shows the rolling credits during Ron and Veronica's banter, two of the credited writers listed are Jon Hamm and Adam Scott, both of whom are close friends of Paul Rudd.
The green jacket Seth Rogen is wearing, in the scene at the zoo, is an old Swedish Army jacket M/59.
Ron Livingston auditioned for the role of Brian Fantana.
In the scene where Ron calls Brian from the phonebooth, the Rubik's Cube on Brian's desk only has four squares per side. (Standard ones have nine per side).
The events of this movie occur in the 1970s. When he first meets Veronica Corningstone, Ron claims to be friends with Edward R. Murrow, however, Edward R.Murrow actually died on April 27, 1965.
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Some cameos include: Seth Rogan, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Danny Trejo, Tim Robbins, Judd Apatow, Luke Wilson, and Director Adam McKay.
San Diego KGTV Channel 10 news anchor Jack White's photo appears on the wall in the news room.
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The "battle scene" references the opening scene of West Side Story (1961). To add to this, Vince Vaughn wears a yellow jacket in the scene, which the characters of Tony and Riff wear in that film, during the pivotal dance scene (in which Tony meets Maria).
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Number 4 is featured prominently in the movie: The station is Channel 4. The Channel 4 news team originally has four members. The opposite evening news team also has four members. Burgundy mentions a bank loan being denied to the Human Torch, who is a member of the ''Fantastic 4'' (Marvel's superhero team). When Ron is talking with Fantana from a public phone, on Fantana's desk you can see a 4 x 4 version of a Rubik's Cube. Early in the movie, after the first time we see Ron delivering the news, you can see the screen divided in four, showing "San Diegans" repeating Rons ''Stay classy'' phrase. Behind Ron's desk, there is a piece of advertisement saying Ron Burgundy is #1 in San Diego, it has four pictures of him on it. Baxter is also wearing the Channel 4 "4" on his dog collar.
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DIRECTOR CAMEO (Adam McKay): As a custodian.
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While playing the jazz flute at the restaurant, Ron Burgundy yells out, "Aqua lung!" The song Aqua Lung as performed by Jethro Tull debuted in 1971.
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Judd Apatow: When Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) hits on Veronica in the news office while wearing Panther cologne, Apatow says that the cologne smells like: "A turd covered in burnt hair".
Jerry Minor: The bass player at the Spanish restaurant, where Ron plays the flute, is Will Ferrell's Saturday Night Live (1975) co-star.
Ben Stiller: The original choice for Brian Fantana appears as an anchor for the Spanish-language news team.

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