[Movies] Adam McKay Says They Could Make A New Anchorman 2 Cut Based On Alternate Takes
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.28.2013
They filmed a lot of footage...
In an interview with Empire Online, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues director Adam McKay said that they could do an alternate cut of the film based on different takes in the movie. Here are highlights:
On the "downfall of news" clips in the trailer: "Those are all real. Oh yeah. Yeah, that's real. The news is off the rails, completely and totally off the rails. It's very hard to do. Fortunately we're a bit of the prequel to that explosion in the sense that we're showing how it happened in our movie but if we actually had to parody what's going on right now in 2013, I don't think it would be possible. Anything you can think of, they've done but back in the innocence of 79, 1980, 81, you can feel that line being crossed so we can play with that. To be able to go back to that moment and put Ron Burgundy in the center of it was very enjoyable."
On Harrison Ford's character: "He's basically an amalgam of all the old titans of broadcast news here in the States, the Walter Cronkites, the Brinkleys, all those guys who gave off massive gravitas in an age where the news was pretty serious business and those who reported the news viewed themselves as the fourth estate of government, and it was their sacred duty to monitor the powers that be. The exact opposite of Ron Burgundy, basically. Harrison has a couple of scenes in the movie. We went down the list of people we wanted and he was right at the top of the list, with that deep voice and how he just takes his time. He doesn't hurry for anybody, he just radiates that kind of power and then the 12 year old in me was doing backflips that it was Han Solo and Indiana Jones. I couldn't believe it. It's a great combination!"
On the deleted footage: "We did so much improv on this one that we can literally replace every single joke in the movie and put in alt scenes and alt improv runs. I think the editor's working on it right now, with 250 new jokes. I think it would be really funny to put it in theaters for midnight showings. I know that I personally, if I loved a movie and someone told me that, like if Airplane! had been released with all-new jokes, I'd be like, ‘you've got to be fucking kidding me!' I'd see it in a second."