Almost a decade ago, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that Adam McKay and Will Ferrell could bring their uniquely absurd sense of humor to the screen intact as a commercially viable motion picture. The box office hit almost immediately became one of the most quoted comedies ever made, and its fans have only grown more fervent in the nine years since Ron first strutted across the screen.
With Will Ferrell back in the saddle as the title character, a huge ensemble of newcomers join the improv-heavy adventure. Chief among these newcomers is Wiig, who finished out her seven season run on SNL last year. In 2011, Wiig broke out huge with the massive hit Bridesmaids, which she also co-wrote.
In Anchorman 2, she plays the love interest of perhaps the most beloved figure in the Burgundy-verse, Brick Tamland.
At the Los Angeles press day for Despicable Me 2, in which she voices Lucy Wilde alongside Steve Carell as Gru, Wiig was naturally asked about the next Anchorman installment. In response to a question about joining the cast and playing against Carell, Wiig replied that she was, "Totally, completely flattered. I said, yes before I knew – I mean, Anchorman is one of my favorite movies. I love all of those guys, and I think it was my first day. They were all there in their costumes, and the cowboy hat and the vest and everything. And I was like, 'Oh, my gosh. I'm actually here and that's really them.' And I really kind of geeked out for a minute. I couldn't believe that I was there, and to be a part of it was very surreal."
"I can't wait to see it and have it come out," she continued.
Anchorman was an anomaly among comedies in that it almost completely disregarded narrative and emotional arcs. Instead, it went right for the audience's comedic jugular with remarkable consistency, allowing its cast to pursue their often-inexplicable impulses. As such, fans are wondering if a sequel can possibly equal its predecessor in terms of sheer lunacy.
"The movie's pretty crazy," Wiig promises. "I mean, it's like the first one. It's kind of a little bit all over the place, and it's like, is it reality? What's going on? And yeah, I think if you like the first one, you'll definitely like this one."
Asked if her character matches the ridiculousness of the Newsteam or if she's more of a figurative straight man, Wiig replied, "You'll have to see. I think I was dodging the question, I ended up making no sense."
Principal players Ferrell, Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner are all back as Ron, Brick, Brian Fantana, and Champ Kind, along with Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone. Wiig's fellow new additions include, among a host of others, James Marsden, Harrison Ford, Meagan Good, and John C. Reilly.
Check back to IAR next week for our full coverage of Despicable Me 2 before the movie hits theaters on July 3rd.