Steve Carell Says ‘Anchorman’s Adam McKay and Will Ferrell “are probably more responsible for my subsequent career than anybody”
Although I’m a bit wary that the marketing overkill for Anchorman 2 that has gone from viral to outbreak, I still can’t wait to see the sequel. One of the main reasons why is because I absolutely loved the chemistry between the Channel Four news team in the first film: Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and, of course, Steve Carell as Brick Tamland, the low IQ weatherman of the news team. Carell spoke about reuniting for the sequel with The Guardian and explained why the original is so dear to him and why he looks up to comedians like Ferrell and Peter Sellers.
Carell admits that he more-or-less owes his entire career to Anchorman because it served as a breakthrough role for him. He explains, “Adam [McKay, the director] and Will are probably more responsible for my subsequent career than anybody, because they gave me a shot. I wasn’t well known – none of us were except Paul– but they took a chance and from there I met Judd Apatow, one of the producers, and we wrote The 40-Year-Old Virgin together. That led to other things, so it was an incredibly important time in my career.” Read more
Steve Carell on Why the ‘Anchorman’ Team Works: “We’re very like-minded. We sort of have a shorthand with each other, too”
If you haven’t been able to tell from the Ron Burgundy overload on your television and computer, the sequel to the beloved 2004 comedy Anchorman is finally coming out this week. Because star Will Ferrell isn’t much of a talker in real life, one of the members of Burgundy’s Channel Four news team is doing most of the media rounds — that would be Steve Carell, who plays the mentally challenged weatherman Brick Tamland.
Carell spoke to The New York Post about getting back into the period wardrobe (the sequel is set in 1980) and why his fellow Channel Four news team actors — Ferrell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner — work so well together. Read more
Trailer: ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ Starring Ron Burgundy, Brian Fantana’s Chest Hair and Brick Tamland’s Perm
Here’s the newest trailer for Anchorman 2!
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - With the 70′s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy… while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
In theaters: December 20th Read more
Here’s a new teaser trailer for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues!
Starring Will Ferrell, David Koechner, Paul Rudd and Steve Carell, it’s pretty much the same as the first teaser trailer but who cares, right? It’s still funny and it’s just making me wish it were already December.
In theaters on December 20th! Read more
Paul Rudd has worked with comedy director/writer/producer Judd Apatow on a number of projects, including in Apatow’s upcoming Knocked Up spinoff, This Is Forty. Naturally, it would seem like the two have a long history pre-Hollywood and that Rudd always planned to be in comedies, but it turns out that isn’t the case at all. Rudd opened up about his relationship with Apatow, popping zits, and his initial fears of success in a length interview with Playboy.
It turns out that Rudd became of fan of Apatow’s seminal Freaks and Geeks series and the two began to exchange e-mails. The two didn’t actually meet until Rudd was auditioning for one of Apatow’s first movie successes. Rudd explains, “We e-mailed each other for a long time. I wasn’t actually in the same room with him until I auditioned for Anchorman. And walking in there and seeing him was weird. It felt as though I was meeting my Asian pen pal. I really wanted to make a great first impression.”
Rudd, however, wasn’t his usual self — he attempted to fit the 1970s image he would use in the film during the audition, confessing, “I wanted to do something special for the role. I was working on Friends that week, so I was able to raid the show’s wardrobe department. I don’t normally dress up for an audition to try to impress the director unless it’s something I really want and I think dressing up might help. The wardrobe supervisor on Friends helped me find this horrible polyester suit, and I had enough time before the audition to grow a mustache and the chops. It wasn’t fully grown in, but it was enough to give them the general idea.” Read more
He does two scenes (the first is from the very end of the movie if I remember correctly) and the second one, you can hear Will Ferrell in the background as ‘Ron Burgundy’. Read more
You’ve accrued a lot of television, film and stand-up experience. In addition to Hank, what kind of work excites you most?
Look, anyone who has a job in show business. as far as I’m concerned. should be grateful and I certainly am. Sometimes you have a particular goal in mind and every actor is probably different in what they think they’re going to get. There have been times in my life where I’ve said “I just want to work.” And it just happens and I work. And then there have been other times when I’m looking around and I have a wife and four children. The number one thing I need to do is provide and so other opportunities come this way or that way. And I’m so fortunate that sometimes I have choices while other times I have only what is in front of me.
And right now, with Hank in particular, working on a four-camera sitcom is the best job in show business, it really is. This one in particular happens to be eight minutes from my house. [Just take the] freeway and an off-ramp and boom, I’m in the studio. I have four kids, I need to share my life with them, I can drop them off at school and I can pick them up and it’s a great job. So look, I’m very blessed to have this opportunity. I’ve never had a regular role on a series. I’ve done different guest spots or had an arc on a series years ago.
Plus, to get to work with Kelsey Grammer. So this is just another beautiful step, you never know where it’s going to take you. Wow, what a great trip. I get to do this one and that one. Look at all the great guys I’ve gotten to work with and going all the way back to Chicago, with all the people I worked with back there. And dude, here’s the thing I’ve realized about my path is that I will always get to work with a bunch of different great people and that’s the fun of it.
I imagine that the days are shorter than doing single-camera stuff.
If your friend was frozen in an iceberg Captain America-style for the last few years and just got thawed out, you’d have to forgive him or her for thinking that Kevin Hart is the biggest star in Hollywood. February’s About Last Night will be the third movie starring Hart in 10 weeks after December’s Grudge Match and January’s Ride Along. While 2014 audiences will get a four-month break from Hart, he’ll be back in multiplexes in June with Think Like a Man Too, which also stars Hart’s About Last Night co-star Michael Ealy… a reunion weeks in the making!
Even Hart’s biggest fans are probably thinking it’s a bit much. Few actors would be expected to carry three wide release movies in less than three months. For me, it has brought back nightmares of Ben Stiller in 2004. Read more
The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards airs this Saturday and the lists of presenters is growing.
Already announced actors are Ben Affleck, Sasha Alexander, Don Cheadle, Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Garner, Clark Gregg, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Kerry Washington, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.
Today, the producers announced another round of A-Listers: Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro, Chiwetel Ejifor, SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Marsden, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Julia Roberts, Elisabeth Röhm, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson.
Below are mini-bios of all the actors mention above. Check them out! Read more
Each year Forbes releases a list of the most “overpaid” actors — in other words, actors who deliver the least amount of box office for the investment to cover their hefty paychecks. Last year the list was topped by Eddie Murphy (big surprise), who doesn’t make the list this year because he wisely decided to take a little break from movies. But this year another Saturday Night Live veteran took his spot at the top: Adam Sandler.
Adam Sandler had the two biggest bombs of his career back-to-back with 2011′s Jack and Jill and 2012′s That’s My Boy, but had a massive worldwide hit with the animated Hotel Transylvania (however, the Forbes list does not count animated films). The struggling box office of those two movies suggests why Sandler made his first sequel, Grown Ups 2 (which was a big hit for him), and is reuniting with Drew Barrymore for Blended, with whom he made two hit romantic comedies. However, Forbes‘ data “looked at the last three movies each actor starred in over the three years to June 1,” so the July release of Grown Ups 2 did not make the cut. Forbes estimates that for every dollar Sandler was paid, the films returned $3.40. Still, Sandler at least can take comfort in knowing he probably won’t be #1 next year because of Grown Ups 2… unless he has another bomb in the first half of 2014. Read more