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Mr. Beaks Talks THE OTHER GUYS, ANCHORMAN 2 And Little River Band With Adam McKay!

Four films into his career, it's safe to say there is not a single director currently working within the studio system who is as committed to total comedic anarchy as Adam McKay. Starting with 2004's ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGANDY, McKay has, with his coconspirator/muse Will Ferrell, made a series of movies that are as raucous and unique and utterly divorced from reality as those churned out by The Marx Brothers, Frank Tashlin and the ZAZ team in their prime. They are at once smart and infantile, subversive and sophomoric, precise and undisciplined. And while his films are not for everyone, they have a large enough following that studios are more than willing to keep financing his flights of lunacy (with little to no executive interference). Thank god. For those concerned that McKay's fourth Ferrell collaboration, THE OTHER GUYS, might be more conventional than his previous efforts due to its action-film pedigree, not to worry; aside from a couple of shoot-em-up set pieces, this movie is as inexplicable as all that's come before. On the surface, it's a buddy comedy starring Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as two mismatched detectives toiling in the superstar shadow of supercops Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson. But it doesn't take long for McKay and cowriter Chris Henchy to send the whole thing clattering merrily off the rails. And while I'd love to tell you where it goes, that would be spoiling the fun of yet another McKay/Ferrell triumph. I've been an admirer of McKay's writing since his stint as a writer on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (he headed up the staff for three seasons in the late '90s/early '00s), and could've easily devoted all of our twenty minutes to fishing for backstage anecdotes; however, aside from a question I've been waiting to ask McKay for close to a decade (which closes out our interview), I mostly stayed current. The first part of our chat is dedicated to THE OTHER GUYS, while the second half veers off into some rather heartbreaking talk about the dead-and-buried ANCHORMAN 2. Also discussed: McKay's involvement in the big-screen adaptation of Garth Ennis's THE BOYS, a proposed Lee Atwater biopic, and Brett Gelman's love-it-or-wish-death-upon-it "1,000 Cats". There are some joke spoilers below, but they're well-marked. If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend that you avoid these passages.

Beaks: Let's start with something easy: has there been a planned progression in your career?

McKay: I think Will and I like to go into different worlds with each movie. I don't know how consciously we do it at the time, but a lot of what we find funny kind of reflects what's going on in the world in some way. TALLADEGA NIGHTS was during that crazy swell of Bush love, and ANCHORMAN was when we first started realizing that the corporate mainstream media is pretty much useless. We're not saying, "Let's go do a political diatribe!" But in a way of responding, I think that does lead us a little bit. And what was interesting with [THE OTHER GUYS] was... the buddy-cop genre is basically dead. For the last ten years, there haven't been any big hits. But crime has changed. You can't do a drug [storyline] anymore; it's almost adorable at this point. So that was part of what led us to this. That and wanting to see Will and Wahlberg together. It's a mishmash of things that lead us to each movie.

Beaks: I ask because it felt like after STEP BROTHERS, which I think is your most absurdist comedy...?

McKay: Oh, without a doubt.

Beaks: And maybe the most... I don't want to say "free association", but...

McKay: You can say "free association". Absolutely. The whole thing with [STEP BROTHERS] was that we'd just done TALLADEGA NIGHTS with all those car crashes and stunts. I just love talking-head comedy, so I wanted to go and do a whole movie that just took place in a house. Just get great actors who can improvise, that are game, and go. We shot a million feet of film on STEP BROTHERS. We improvised so much, it was crazy. We could do, without exaggeration, a five-hour cut of that movie. (Laughs) So you can say "free association", yeah.

Beaks: (Laughing) Okay, good. I was just wondering because you went so far afield with STEP BROTHERS, that it seems like THE OTHER GUYS might've sprung from a realization that you need to throw mainstream audiences a little more red meat this time. I mean, STEP BROTHERS was successful, but perhaps you wanted to give yourself some genre constraints just to make the studio happy?

McKay: I don't know if we ever think like that. The thing is, I'm a big movie fan. I love all kinds of movies. In fact, most of my favorite movies are documentaries. So, for me, as a film fan, it was exciting to come off of STEP BROTHERS, where it's people talking in living rooms, and to say to Will, "Let's do a big, fat Hollywood movie." It wasn't necessarily "Let's throw 'em some red meat." It was like, "This is fun to do." And we always know we're going to do what we do within it. So STEP BROTHERS came from more of a place of a ten-year-old kid wanting a new toy. I was like, "Man, I want to shoot some action scenes! I want to do a slow-motion shoot-out with a cool song playing!" And we like to work with different actors to see if there's a different chemistry. That just keeps it interesting. And shooting it in New York City was really exciting for us. It really comes out of a much more primal, childish place than a calculated business decision. (Laughs)

[Spoilers ahead.]

Beaks: But in terms of things that are calculated or planned, I'm wondering if you had any gags you'd been holding back that you were finally able to use in this movie. I really like the way you use the Little River Band in this. It felt like something you'd been dying to unleash.

McKay: Once again, it's a combination of a lot of different likes. I'm not snobby about music. There are one or two Little River Band songs I actually like. I like that song "The Night Owls."

Beaks: (Sheepishly) I have that song on my iTunes.

McKay: It's a great song! And this is pushing it a little, but I even like the song "Lady". (Belts it out) "Lady! Let me take a look at you now!" It's cheesy and over the top. It's like Jethro Tull. I both love Jethro Tull and think they're a little ridiculous. I'm always listening to music like that. And when we're writing, Chris Henchy is a big music fan, and Ferrell's also a big fan, so that's where that comes from. As for something like the TLC references, I think that came about by accident. I think we were writing some crazy truisms for the captain [played by Michael Keaton], and I stumbled into "Don't go chasing waterfalls." And it just led to that joke. Again, it's a mishmash of different likes.

Beaks: That's a great running joke. And now that we're talking running jokes... first, I have to congratulate you. When I got out of the screening, the first thing I did was hit Urban Dictionary and look up "soup kitchen". (Laughs) And none of the four definitions refer to what you refer to in the movie. So you've coined it. Well done.

McKay: (Laughing) Actually, I did not coin it. Rob Huebel coined it. I brought in Rob, who's one of the best improvisors on the planet, and we just let him run wild. He said "soup kitchen" at one point, and we were dying. I give full credit to Rob Huebel for that.

Beaks: That does not surprise me.

McKay: He is a funny dude, man. My god.

Beaks: That's a great scene, but it took me two minutes to get back in the movie. It really took the wind out of me. So where the hell does a running joke like "Dirty Mike and The Boys" come from?

McKay: If you really want the evolution of it, here's what it was. The first joke was that they abandoned [Ferrell's Prius], and horrible stuff happened in it. So it was one of those jokes where we were just listing horrible things. We were asking, "What would be a bummer if it happened in your new car?" And one of them was, "What if a bunch of street guys had an orgy in it?" (Laughs) I don't know if you could ever get in your car after that. That's step one. Step two is we do roundtable rewrite sessions, where we bring in friends of ours. Andrew Steele, the head writer for FUNNY OR DIE, came in and ran the table. They came back with all their jokes - and I'm purposely not in the room for these sessions. I don't want to affect them. I'm like, "You guys say whatever you want, and do whatever you want." And one of the jokes that we loved about the orgy in the car was "What if there's a thank you note?" (Laughs) And the thank you note was signed "Love, Dirty Mike and The Boys". So Chris I go, "Well, we've got to see Dirty Mike. What does that guy look like?" So we write into the script that they pop up, and... I always like to do a little role in everything I do just to remind myself how incredibly miserable and difficult it is to act, so I said, "I'll play Dirty Mike." So we did that. And then it got called back when they're walking out [of the police station]. That just started with one joke and kept evolving basically.

Beaks: I loved it so much that I was hoping it would pay off somehow in the third act.

McKay: Oh, man. There are some jokes we discovered where I wished we could've reshot and brought them back. I would've loved for Dirty Mike to show up one more time. But because you're thinking of it while you're doing it, it's kind of tricky. And Hal and Christinith [played by Brett Gelman and Natalie Zea], too. "Wouldn't it be great if, during the chase, you saw Hal and Christinith at some point?" But you can only do so much of that.

[Spoilers behind]

Beaks: Well, fans of "1,000 Cats" would've been happy.

McKay: Come on! Are you really making a "1,000 Cats" reference? Oh, my god!

Beaks: It killed me.

McKay: It is the best! But you talk about a polarizing piece of work...

Beaks: Actually, I was just talking with a friend who was like, "You loved that? That was the least funny thing I've ever seen in my life! I turned the channel for five minutes just to get away from it, and when I went back, it was still going!"

McKay: (Laughing) Wow. "1,000 Cats" goes under that "Tim & Eric" heading of comedy. You're going to suffer a little bit. You're going to really question in your mind what's going on. I love "1,000 Cats". That was one of my favorites. I'm a big fan of Brett Gelman.

Beaks: So I heard about the big ANCHORMAN 2 disappointment today, that it was going to be a stage musical on Broadway first. And now it's dead. It's such a bummer. Logistically, how was that going to work? Was that four-month run going to include previews? Once you add in however many months it takes to shoot the movie, that seems like a rather large chunk of time to block out for all of you guys.

McKay: We figured it out. We were really going to do this. We got a Broadway producer. We figured out the whole schedule, that we were going to do a couple of a-capella, no-prop previews at Largo [in Los Angeles] like we did with the Bush show. Then we were going to do legitimate previews, and our cast was going to stay with it for two or three months. Then we were going to try to get a replacement cast if we could, just because we thought maybe it was original material. Then we were going to leave the show - kind of like The Marx Brothers did - and go right into shooting the movie. That was the idea. We were really starting to work towards it. And then we got the plug pulled, so...

Beaks: So it was going to be like THE COCOANUTS or ANIMAL CRACKERS?

McKay: Yeah. Isn't that insane? We were like, "No one's ever done this before! Premiere the sequel [on Broadway]!" It just made us giddy.

Beaks: That's a shame. I interviewed Carell a couple of weeks ago, and he still seemed hopeful. I was hoping you'd be bringing a little bit of good news today.

McKay: Here's the truth: to get all of those guys lined up - Carell, Rudd, Koechner, Applegate, Ferrell - in the right schedule is very, very tricky. The other tricky thing is that there's no way you can pay anyone full freight, myself included. We would all have to take massive cuts to do it, because you can't do a $120 million ANCHORMAN 2; it even goes against the spirit of the movie. So there's a bunch of things that have to line up. Then, truthfully, Paramount was not doing backflips about it. They were kind of like, "Eh." I could tell [President of Production] Adam Goodman really wanted to do it because he worked on the first one, but the marketing [people] and others were all, "Yeah, the numbers on the first one were alright." And we kept saying, "But it grew after the box office, with the DVD and [cable]." AUSTIN POWERS did it. But they were not seeing it. I'm not sure if it will ever happen. Maybe that's for the best. Sequels are... I mean, we have plenty of different ideas.

Beaks: Yeah, but if you think you can find a way to make it work for a reasonable budget, why wouldn't they want to do it? I hear the movie quoted all the time. "Stay classy." People have grown to love ANCHORMAN.

McKay: We really wanted to do it. The musical idea got us really excited. We had a bunch of ideas, met with Judd [Apatow], started kicking around more ideas, and, truthfully, we were shocked when they said "No." We thought that was our one ace in the hole: "Well, we can always make ANCHORMAN 2." But nope! I don't know. We'll see. We've talked about STEP BROTHERS 2, which seems to slowly be building fans as well. It's not ANCHORMAN, but there's a possibility we might do that. Although, maybe we just don't do sequels. It's not a bad idea to not do sequels. I kind of like it.

Beaks: Personally, with the others, I'd prefer you don't. But it's always seemed to me that more could be done with those ANCHORMAN characters.

McKay: I agree. It was not mined. I feel confident we would've at least done a decent movie; it wouldn't have sucked, that's for sure. Would it be as good and fun as the first one? No, probably not, because that's the first time you've done it. But if we did enough different shit with it... THE GODFATHER PART II, to me, is the only sequel that's better than the first one. I mean, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK was great...

Beaks: I think TOY STORY 2 is better than the first.

McKay: Eh, you might be right. But the trick with THE GODFATHER PART II was that it was a totally different world. It had a whole different look and feel. If we could've been able to pull that off, we'll never know. But we would've for sure gone down in a blaze of glory. We were going to do the craziest shit we've ever done. We were doing that as a rule. "Let's do fucked up shit in this movie." Yeah, I don't know. Maybe it'll happen. Maybe a year from now things will be different.

Beaks: Well, Paramount's giving us xXx 3-D, so we've no right to bitch.

McKay: Exactly.

Beaks: Obviously, you're very politically active. With your movies, are you still trying to figure out how much weight they can bear with regards to political content?

McKay: You know, I never think of politics as a separate thing. I always think of it like, "We live in this country, we live in this culture, it's all the same thing." I like to do a lot of different stuff, and, to me, stuff in the White House and the Senate and elections are just part of the picture. I just try not to ignore it. Things like TALLADEGA NIGHTS: there was no doubt that came out of the fact that Bush's approval ratings were at ninety percent when we started writing it. The world was crazy at that point. So we said, "Okay, let's get into it. Let's go to a NASCAR race. Let's see what's going on." It's not so much political as it is social.

Beaks: I know you're thinking about doing THE BOYS. Were the action sequences in THE OTHER GUYS a warm-up to that? And are you trying to get deeper into the studio game? Or would you like to step back and do something a little more dangerous and indie? Where are you headed?

McKay: We have two projects that are on the horizon. I didn't hear about THE BOYS until after we shot THE OTHER GUYS. I'm a comic book fan, so I was obviously aware of THE BOYS, but when I read the script and re-read the comic, I was like, "Oh, shit. This is really good." I try not to think in terms of "the studio system" or "not". I like people to see the movies we do; I think it's important to have an interaction with the audience, because otherwise it's a one-sided story. On the other hand, another script we're working on is the Lee Atwater story. We have Jesse Armstrong [Academy Award nominee for IN THE LOOP] working on a draft of that, and we have research being done. That would definitely be a smaller movie. I don't think you'd get more than $8 million or $6 million to do that; even with a giant star, I don't think you'd get more than that. What's interesting to me is this: if you're on set, and you're bored or it feels like a job... this kind of work should never feel like that. That's what I'm trying to avoid. I feel like I'm incredibly lucky to be in this situation and have this kind of opportunity, so whatever I do, I want to feel like there's a reason for it to be done.

Beaks: One last question: I always felt like you might've had some involvement in one of my favorite SNL segments ever, "Conspiracy Theory Rock" I mean, I love Robert Smigel, but I can feel your sensibility in there.

McKay: I wrote it with him. I think I'm credited on it. Maybe I'm not credited. I gave him a joke or two for it for sure. You know the story with it, don't you?

Beaks: They pulled it.

McKay: Yeah! A friend of mine was in the control room, and he called and told me that they pulled it. I was like, "What do you mean?" And he said, "GE pulled the piece." Somehow, it got leaked to a bunch of different newspaper sources, and there was a big brouhaha. God bless, Lorne Michaels: he didn't care. But GE was freaking out, and they wanted someone's head on a platter for that. It eventually went away; I think their PR people were like, "Better to be quiet than make a story out of it." But, yeah, that was first-hand, obvious corporate censorship. You know, Howard Dean, back when he was ahead of everyone for the Democratic nomination, did an interview with Chris Matthews, and he was asked, "What would you do about media-opolies?" And he said, "I'd break them up." And [Matthews] said, "You mean you wouldn't let GE run NBC?" And he said, "Absolutely not. It's unhealthy for a democracy." The next day, all of the mainstream press started asking "Is Howard Dean too angry?" So you talk about media-opolies, there you go.

THE OTHER GUYS hits theaters this Friday, August 6th. Prius owners beware. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

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  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST


    by SirBiatchReturns

    and I'll watch Step Brothers

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:20 a.m. CST

    don't care for Anchorman 2

    by SirBiatchReturns

    the first one was largely unwatchable IMO, except for a few GENIUS moments. That's my memory of it anyway.<p>Maybe I'll watch it again and warm up to it.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Anchorman 2...

    by DickJones

    ...would be pure WIN.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST

    Adam McKay should make a Megas XLR movie

    by RedEgiraahgnal

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:38 a.m. CST

    So I don't get it, I thought ANCHORMAN 2 was back on?

    by Mike_D

    I guess not?

  • Except Ghostbusters...which is technically PG but Anchorman would have been much better Rated R. I mean what does it say about our current film state when a buddy cop action comedy is PG-13??? Has there ever even been a PG-13 buddy cop movie? Studios are such pussys(except you Warner Bros.) when it comes to ratings. I don't care what anyone says they make a difference just look at how fake and phony live free die hard feels compared to the first 3. Then they hide behind the unrated DVD cut to proove that they are pussys. TV shows work as PG-13ish but can anyone name me a truly funny film that has been rated PG/ PG-13 that's not called Ghostbusters or Dr. Strangelove. Okay bad examples cause the times ans ratings criteria worked differently so let's say within the last 10-15 years what's a PG-13 comedic gem? And if anyone names Austin Powers...then your a tool. Those movies do not hold up well, I use to laugh my ass off @ those flicks but god they are awful. Let the naming begin!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Adam McKay Is One Of My Favorites.

    by DutchRudder

    All you have to say for me to go is Adam McKay. Call me easily amused. I'll call you a fag.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST

    * correction

    by DutchRudder

    I'd call you a fag SHITTER. Or...shitty,shitty,fag,fag.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST

    PG-13 buddy cop movie=Cop Out

    by ndally

    Ooo double meaning. I'm talking about Kevin Smiths shit flick and threw in some nice little irony for the kids since PG-13 buddy cop movies are a cop out. Ooh yeah, that's right..I just explained that for all you irony deprived mofos. Gotta get your daily dose of irony(lame)

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    The Little River Band?

    by MaxTheSilent

    Brilliant Australian pop/rock band. Been around for about 40 years now.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:17 a.m. CST

    "Cop Out" Was Rated R.

    by DutchRudder

    Also it isn't as bad as everyone says it is. Smith only directed it. All the other Smith movies you don't like are his fault.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    ''with little to no executive interference). Thank god."

    by DutchRudder

    Unless it comes to "Anchorman 2" Lame.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    I got your movie.

    by TheJudger

    A film about a all the women in world vaginas changing into dicks. All the viginas of the world are gone!!!! Ok that is a horror movie right there. After th elast woman on earth loses her virgina all the women of the world become sex crazed rapists, and they start raping all the men of the world in thier asses and mouths. I'm telling you it's comedy gold. Like a zombie movie but not. Crazy man raping chicks with dicks in a pussyless world. Who's ass is safe???

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Cop Out is as bad as everyone says.

    by Bass Ackwards


  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:37 a.m. CST

    No sequels.

    by palimpsest

    Make good movies, then leave them be. I didn't care for TALLADAGA NIGHTS, but both ANCHORMAN and STEP BROTHERS are excellent, and parts of ANCHORMAN border on genius.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:38 a.m. CST

    if they can make a 5 hour step bros movie from footage

    by TheJudger

    then make a damn super fucked up extended version of that film man. I love that movie so much. it's perfectly fucked up. If theres tons of unseen stuff in it that had to be cut for time reasons, now's the time to dick it back in.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Or if it's all improve on the same scenes

    by TheJudger

    making it harder to put it back in you could go the "Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie" by allowing the viewer to use the remote to select which take on the scene they may want to watch. <P>Mr. Payback: An Interactive Movie is right up thier with Troll 2 and the Munchies though...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:56 a.m. CST

    Cop Out IS As Bad As Everyone Says. BUT...

    by DutchRudder

    If you expected a whole bunch out of "Cop Out", you might be a redneck. Or... you might just be retarded,and Tommy should hit you on the head, with a tack hammer. C'mon. It was made by the fucking "Clerks" guy. This is, also, coming from a dude called "DutchRudder", who is a little bit of a Smith fan.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:48 a.m. CST

    The never-ending list of shit movies that get made

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    ... and they won't greenlight Anchorman 2.<p> Stay classy, Hollywood.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST


    by MC-909

    what was the deal with Conspiracy Theory Rock?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Step Bros always has me in creases...

    by KillaKane

    Puerile and retarded but damn it was funny. That sleepwalking sequence, tag team job interviews and the infamous Drumkit tea bagging are standouts. Would love to some more of that unreleased improv.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

    My wife and I don't agree on much, but we laughed our asses off during most of it.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Lost Me With the Marx Brothers Comparison

    by Aquatarkusman

    So I didn't bother reading what this steaming pile of mediocrity had to say about his tedious output of shrieking Will Ferrell moments.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    Disagree with the Marx Brothers comparison if you will...

    by RenoNevada2000

    ... But I do find the idea of taking ANCHORMAN 2 to the stage first in the same way that the Brothers worked out their material in stage shows before filming them to be an intriguing idea.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    How about just making that other Anchorman movie available?

    by rev_skarekroe

    The one they pieced together from deleted scenes. It's only available as some kind of DVD box set, right? I wanna Netflix it.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:16 a.m. CST


    by Canuck815

    Everything about that sleepwalking sequence still fucking kills me. If there is more footage from that lying around somewhere then may God have mercy on whoever is holding it back.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    I didn't care for Step Brothers the first time I saw it.


    This was in theaters in 2008. But I watched it again last week and laughed. And laughed. And laughed. It's quite a grower. I certainly wouldn't be against a sequel.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    re: "Cop Out" Was Rated R.

    by Darth_Von_Stroheim

    I am a Smith fan. Have been for many years. Liked most of his movies (exceptions: Mallrats, Jersey Girl), and I stopped watching Cop Out after 15 minutes. Tracy Morgan was so annoying; I didn't buy him as a cop for even a second, regardless of the comedic context of the movie. Smith didn't write this one and it showed. He should have taken a pass on that one. I wonder if Red State will be worth watching? I sincerely hope so.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    And, no. Cop Out isn't as bad as everyone says it is.


    It's worse. Much, much worse. It literally made me sell all of my Kevin Smith DVDs. ALL OF THEM. That's how bad it is.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:46 a.m. CST


    by susankq1111

    With so many fish in the sea, finding Mr. or Mrs. Right can be tricky. However, I happen to find this great place for all white and black people meet and go online at ____ B l a c k w h i t e K i s s i n g // C 0 m____ Lots of my friends found their lovers through the service.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    No Stepbrothers sequel

    by Beezbo

    There is nowhere to go with it and there are so many better subjects to be comedically explored. I'd like to see Will Ferrell as an MMA fighter, for example.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST


    by JamesGANDERPeek

    Gonna be on during jersey shore tonight!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    So they can make "Cop Out,"

    by daggor

    with a brand-new story & characters with Farrell, Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Sam Jackson... but they can't reunite the cast of "Anchorman" for a sequel?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Just be clear

    by daggor

    tryin' to say that "Other Guys" is just "Cop Out" with a different cast.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Oh shit

    by blunted666

    Jersey Shore is on tonight? P.S. Adam McKay is my favorite comedy writer/director so thanks for this interview. Him and Will on Charlie Rose the other night made me happy.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:43 a.m. CST

    rented cop out

    by soup74

    i literally couldn't get past the first scene. the 'funny' opener where tracy morgan does movie impressions. i couldnt understand how that was even supposed to be comedy. maybe it wasnt. maybe it was 'urban' comedy (different cultures have different comedy.) either way, i couldnt muster up any interest to watch the rest.<br><br>in fact, i feel bad for "the other guys." unfortunately now they have to work twice as hard to make me interested in that movie.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Talladega Nights and Step Brothers

    by Audio_of_Being

    were unfunny trash. As far as I'm concerned Anchorman is a fluke on McKay's part. Not looking forward to The Other Guys....

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Is Dewey Cox from the same team?

    by bobbofatz

    That movie after a couple viewings really became almost a comedy classic for me. It did not get a lot of love and seemed way underrated. One of the best scenes is when deweys folks are dancing to his music and she trips and falls out the window. Stupidhilarious

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Shit i thought Cop Out was Pg-13

    by ndally

    I live in canada and we get what's called 14A rating instead of "R" movies and sometimes "PG-13" like the dark knight was 14A here but PG-13 in the states. But i swear I remember a commercial saying it was PG-13(we get American advertisments) but i guess not. Still it doesn't matter i can't think of any great comedys made within the last 10-15 years that have been PG-13

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:52 p.m. CST

    is this the best we have

    by treatment

    think about it... is this the best we got?? when i see "The Other Guys" i envision the Hollywood wheel spinning yet again... Hollywood exec: let's see what the wheel has for us today- Will Ferrell... let's spin it again.... Mark Walhberg. Great! those two haven't been in a movie together yet!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Anchorman 2 depends on the sales of anchorman bluray

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    apaprently paramount is watching that realse, if it does well they might ok AM2. I think macay is just saying its dead to either not get fans hopes up or some sort of bargoning chip. So get out there in a few weeks and buy anchorman on bluray, lets show paramount thaty the film is lovedand we want a sequerl

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    How many funny movies have there been period...

    by Harold-Sherbort

    in the last 10 years? Not many. Anchorman and Step Brothers are definitely up there. Hangover was overrated and most of Ferrels comedies outside of Anchor and Step Bros. have been hit or miss (Kicking and Screaming being my favorite that's not one of those two).

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Genius is not enough...

    by billyhitchcock1 describe this man :-)

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:37 p.m. CST

    funny movies

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    Anchorman, old school, hot rod, sex drive, talladega nights, sarah marshall, superbad, and 40 year old virgin...I'm also a big fan of hangover but its not funny

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST


    by Kremzeek

    Considering, for the most part, the modern PG-13 rating is about on par with an R from the 70s/early 80s, I really don't see the big deal. As long as the movie is actually made well, the rating is irrelevant IMO. If I was standing in front of my movie collection, I could probably point out a bunch of PG-13 rated comedies that are great. Off the top of my head, not so much. But maybe that proves your point. If the comedy was really, truly great, I should have no trouble remembering it.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Tracy Morgan

    by BlaGyver

    is a guy that I have NEVER found funny. Before I get flamed for this, lemme just say that I am the LAST dude to hate on something because it's popular. The guy has made a great career for himself and makes other people laugh, and I respect that, but he has literally never gotten a laugh out of me. Not once.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    the modern PG-13 rating is about on par with an R from the 70s/e

    by DutchRudder

    I disagree 100%. I think just the opposite. PG-13 has been pussed out. I remember when even a PG movie could say bad words and if you found the right PG-13 you could maybe see some boobage.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    umm...terminator 2

    by vincebell

    spider-man 2, the dark knight, toy story 2, x-men 2, star trek 2 (khan), aliens (maybe), the good bad & ugly,

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by vincebell

    didnt get to finish my point: yes it's rare, but godfather 2 is far from the only sequel to better its predecessor. and for fucks sake NOBODY wants a step brothers sequel. it's insane i have to even type that.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Dutch, that's kinda what I'm saying

    by Kremzeek

    If you watch old R movies (generally speaking of course - there are always exceptions) they're pretty mild. They are definitely not what an R is today.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I like Tracy Morgan on 30 Rock because the Tracy Jordan

    by skimn

    character is so out there, a perody of the dumb, rich movie star that lives in their own bubble. But outside of that, everything seems to be wildly overplayed, going for 10 when a 6 would be just right. And mugging....

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Tracy Morgan

    by Kremzeek

    personally, I like Morgan, but I can see why some others think him unfunny. To those people, I'd say see his standup. It's nothing like the "30 Rock Tracy Morgan". Maybe you'll like his material better when not watered down. Or, maybe not. Just throwing it out there.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Remarkably, Office Space Was an "R"

    by Aquatarkusman

    One too many "fucks," I guess.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Stepbrothers grows on me everytime I see it. Why?

    by skimn

    Its The Fucking Catalina Wine Mixer!<p>Well, its also the non sequitar swearing, such as, "This house is a fucking prison! On Planet Bullshit! In the galaxy of This Sucks Camel Dicks!" There is something about the stream of nonsense obscenity that makes me giggle like a little kid.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:11 p.m. CST

    Modern PG-13

    by Bass Ackwards

    PG-13 has been watered down. I say that having watched Just One of the Guys recently (I was bored and it's on netflix streaming). That's PG-13 and there's swearing AND boobs, either f which would be an automatic R these days. Ehhh isn't to say I agree with the PG13 point as there have been good ones over the years, but I won't list them as comedies can be pretty subjective so I'm sure if I list them I'll just get flamed for my lame comedy taste.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Step Brothers and Talladega sucked

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    The fact that The Other Guys comes out in August, the dumping ground for bad films, should be proof enough of what the studio thinks of this.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:11 p.m. CST

    I'm in the dark

    by dukeroberts

    What is the "Conspiracy Theory Rock"?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    If Anchorman 2 is such a guaranteed hit

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    Then all involved should defer pay for a cut of the gross. They all want to be paid 20 million each for a film they know won't make a profit so they can get paid to have a good time. Please. And screw you for not setting Anchorman in Philly! You were willing to change the setting to save a buck and get the film made then. Do the same now!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:42 p.m. CST

    People want an Anchorman 2??

    by RPLocke

    Really, I thought no one bothered with the first one.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    PG 13 comedy movies from 2000 on

    by leo54304

    Both Adams Family movies, Get Shorty and Bruce Almighty

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Something about Mary just missing cut (1998)

    by leo54304

    Brett Favre (1998) to Brett Favre (2010): Shut up asshole

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    The Fockers movies were good I thought

    by leo54304

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Anchorman II would be the Avengers of comedy films

    by Excelciyour

    since all those guys are now stars (with the exception of the guy who plays Champ). Hell, Will Ferrell even said "News Team, ASSEMBLE!" in the first Anchorman! The buzz just keeps growing around Anchorman and the potential sequel and the original came out in 2004! That a lot of traction for what was billed as a throwaway comedy. Director McKay and Will Ferrell never go anywhere without being peppered with questions about a potential sequel. Look for it in 5-10 years when Steve Carrell and /or Paul Rudd need a career boost and will come in under their standard payday to make the film the fans have been clamoring for.

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  • Aug. 5, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    "PG-13 comedies aren't funny"

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Personally, I'm SICK TO DEATH of "outrageous" R-rated comedies that spew filth and racism at the viewer for "shock" effect. The 40-Year-Old Virgin worked because, despite the crass "pussy-juice cocktail" jokes, you actually LIKED the characters, who authentically seemed to be friends, whereas a piece of shit like The Hangover just leaned on it's dirtiness like a crutch, with baby-abusing, naked Asian stereotypes, and anything else just tossed up there for teenagers slipping through while buying a ticket to a PG-13 movie chortlin g like Beavis & Butthead at every inane joke just because, haw-haw, dey's swearin'.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:21 a.m. CST

    dukeroberts: Conspiracy Theory Rock...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    was probably the best Saturday TV Funhouse sketch on SNL (which I wish they'd bring back, I guess SNL Digital Shorts have replaced them). But it's also the one that was never shown. It starts out talking about random conspiracies, but eventually talks about the media oligopolies that exist in our country right now. It's absolutely brilliant and you CAN find it on the internet. Totally recommended. What a great question btw Mr Beaks.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Still trot out Airplane!!

    by leo54304

    The inflatable auto pilot, white guy teaching black tribesmen basketball, stewardess singing, jive talking african americans with sub titles, June Cleaver cameo, Peter Graves and the boy: Billy, you ever see a grown man naked?, Looks like I picked the wrong to..., Surely you must... That movie never gets old

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Other guys has the worst end-credits sequence ever

    by rainbowtrout1265

    A weird, Michael Moore style, political screed...awful. And the movie was too long and only the first half was remotely funny.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:20 p.m. CST

    R rated comedies are usually terrible.

    by RPLocke

    If you like jokes about smoking weed. R rated comedies are for you, I guess.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    yeah, Step Brothers definitely grows on you

    by Kammich

    I wasn't crazy about it in theaters either, but when it started playing 67 times a day on Starz, I couldn't stop watching it. A lot of it is due to the great supporting cast, which is the case in every McKay movie. Adam Scott's family singing "Sweet Child O' Mine"... Rob Riggle: "LIKE KOBAYASHI!" and, of course, the almighty Richard Jenkins... "Finally, one day, my father told me to put away my childish things and move on. Well, actually, he said 'you're 17 years old, stop trying to be a dinosaur and get a fucking job.'"

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Eva tagged on at the bottom, that's funny and...

    by moonlightdrive


  • Aug. 6, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by treatment

    can we just regulate will ferrell doing cameos and nothing more. his ma the meatloaf scene in wedding crashers is a prime example of utilizing his talents without watering them down.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    Treatment...your theory in practice

    by skimn

    Yes I will see The Other Guys this weekend, but rent, or On Demand HBO's East Bound And Down. Ferrell's car dealer is cameo comedy gold.

  • Aug. 8, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    It wasn't as funny AS Step Brothers, but fucking funny

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    75% of the time, ALL of the time.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Great Interview

    by dannyocean

    Thanks for a look into McKay's politics- I think its interesting and relevant that the yahoos who didn't get Anchorman, were all over Talladega Nights. Not saying one was better than the other, just that one was more profitable. Point being, Talladega was the buy-in for a lot more people than Anchorman, because McKay noticed Bush's ratings and decided to investigate what he thought was Bush's demographics. By embracing the culture, even in satire, he succeeded in making a blockbuster.