As of this week, Anchorman has been making us laugh for exactly a decade.
To celebrate The Legend of Ron Burgundy and his group of newscaster misfits, we’ve compiled a list of the top five things you didn’t know about the film!
And by the Beard of Zeus, you shall enjoy it!
1. The Original Cast in the Script Was Totally Different
The cast, which included Steve Carell as Brick Tambland, Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana, David Koechner as Champ Kind, Fred Willard as Ed Harken and Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone, originally looked very different.
In the original script, Chris Parnell was listed at Brick, Ben Stiller as Brian, John C. Reilly as Champ and Ed Harris as Ed. Additionally, Maggie Gyllenhaal auditioned for the role of Veronica Corningstone.
Watch Steve Carell’s audition that landed him the role of Brick below:
2. The Real Anchorman is a Former Detroit TV Newscaster
The role of Ron Burgundy was based on Mort Crim; a former Detroit TV newscaster who has admitted that he acted like a “male chauvinist pig” when Jessica Savitch (who inspired the character of Veronica Corningstone) became his co-anchor in Philadelphia.
“I was never really nasty, but I think at the start she knew I wasn’t happy,” he said in a documentary about Savitch. “It was the shock of just having a woman sitting alongside me.”
Crim later told CBS Detroit that he wasn’t insulted by Ferrell’s decision to imitate him in the film, even calling himself “The Real Anchorman.”
3. The Legend of Ron Burgundy Almost Stayed a Legend
Anchorman was pitched to DreamWorks nearly 20 times before they gave the go ahead. The company apparently didn’t think Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay would be able to create an entire movie based around news anchors and also claimed that Ferrell was “not a movie star.”
Though it was predicted to be a box office flop, the film grossed over $84 million in the United States (with an estimated budget of only $26 million) and quickly developed a cult following which helped spawn a sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
4. The Plot of the Film Originally Included Monkeys and a Plane Crash
Though much of Anchorman was completely improvised, there is at least the outline of a plot, which revolves around Ron Burgundy coming to terms with having a female co-anchor.
However, in the first draft of the script, the story was about a group of newscasters who survived a plane crash in the mountains. They later find that the plane they collided with was carrying monkeys and martial arts equipment, and a huge battle ensues between the monkeys and the anchors.
5. Many Famous Actors and Scenes Were Cut From the Film
Amy Poehler appeared in the first film as a bank teller, but her scenes were later completely cut from the story. She later appeared in Anchorman 2 as the Entertainment Tonight news anchor.
Other anchors who didn’t make the cut included Maya Rudolf, Justin Long and Public Enemy’s Chuck D who played the members of a terrorist organization called The Alarm Clock. The original climax of the film featured the news team saving Veronica after the group abducted her, but it was later changed.
Many of the deleted scenes can be seen in the DVD Wake Up, Ron Burgundy.
Did you think these facts were kind of a big deal? Are you going to eat an entire wheel of cheese and wash it down with some scotchy scotch scotch to celebrate the movie’s 10th anniversary? Share your thoughts below!