Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) Poster


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.
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Many of the actors as well as Will Ferrell are well versed in the art of improvisation and would sometimes do up to 20 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 20 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 the film would bomb, it grossed $84 million domestically and the director had so much extra footage they were able to make a second film out of it.
The first draft of the screenplay included suggested actors for various roles:
Champ'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.
First part of Adam McKay's and Will Ferrell's "Mediocre American Man Trilogy". The second part is Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). On all parts McKay works as the director, Ferrell is the main actor and they both work as writers on the projects.
According to Mr. Burgundy himself, Ron's full name is Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy.
Amy Poehler was completely cut out of the movie.
Was inspired by a biography show that Will Ferrell watched about Jessica Savitch, and how one of her male coworkers confessed to being a total chauvinist back in the day.
Ron Burgundy's license plate is "IM #1."
Before the news team brawl there is a graffiti tag on the wall visible (as Vince Vaughn's (Wes Mantooth) news team ride their bikes into the alley) that reads "Channel 9" - the name of Mantooth's news team.
Though the exact year in which the film is set is not stated, the fact that the characters know the song "Afternoon Delight" places it in or after mid-1976.
A good portion of scenes from the trailers are completely omitted from the film's final cut. These scenes include Burgundy taking a bullet for Veronica and a later shot of him and her emerging from a TV 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 dialog 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.
WILHELM SCREAM: in the fight sequence between the news groups, when Champ throws another man incredibly far into a car window.
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.
There are 23 people in the street fight.
WILHELM SCREAM: While everyone is disgusted by Brian's "stinky" cologne at an office, one of them screams.
The zoo scenes are filmed at the old Los Angeles Zoo that closed in 1965. The remaining buildings are a tourist attraction in Griffith Park.
Maggie Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Veronica.
A sequel was pitched to Paramount, but was initially rejected. 'Will Ferrel' later announced that "Anchorman" would get a sequel in March of 2012.
Director 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).
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.
Paul Thomas Anderson was originally a producer on the project.
One of Brian Fantana's colognes is called Lime Prop.
The car Ron owns is a 1970 Pontiac, quite possibly a low line Catalina two door hardtop.
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".
Ron Livingston auditioned for the role of Brian Fantana, which ended up going to Paul Rudd
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Ron's dog is named after Ted Baxter WJM news anchor of the Mary Tyler Moore Show.
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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 hits on Veronica in the news office while wearing Panther cologne, writer 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) costar.
Ben Stiller:  The original choice for Brian Fantana appears as an anchor for the Spanish-language news team.
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Adam McKay:  as a custodian.
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Some great cameos including:- Seth Rogan Jack Black Ben Stiller Vince Vaughn Danny Trejo Tim Robbins Judd Apatow Luke Wilson and the director himself Adam McKay
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