– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy may be stupid, but it’s about as hilarious as hilarious can be, which makes it brilliant, I guess? Quite possibly the most quotable film from my high school years, 2004’s Anchorman cemented Will Ferrell as a comedy god, but created a movie he could never again fully live up to — just take a look at Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The film also catapulted Paul Rudd and Steve Carell to new heights, though it wasn’t as generous to their fourth partner in news, David Koechner, who gets plenty of work, but not the same name recognition as the film’s other stars. 

If you thought Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy was wacky and irreverent, just read what Ferrell had to say about the original version of the script to The Ringer:

 â€œThe first version of Anchorman is basically the movie Alive, where the year is 1976, and we are flying to Philadelphia, and all the newsmen from around the countryare flying in to have some big convention. Ron convinces the pilot that he knows how to fly the charter jet, and he immediately crash-lands it in the mountains. And it’s just the story of them surviving and trying to get off the mountainside. They clipped a cargo plane, and the cargo plane crashed as well, close to them, and it was carrying only boxes of orangutans and Chinese throwing stars. So throughout the movie we’re being stalked by orangutans who are killing, one by one, the team off with throwing stars. And Veronica Corningstone keeps saying things like, ‘Guys, I know if we just head down we’ll hit civilization.’ And we keep telling her, ‘Wrong.’ She doesn’t know what we’re talking about. So that was the first version of the movie.”  

Though I love the original Anchorman, this version also sounds fantastic! The plot itself was toned down to be a little less…out there…the characters don’t seem to have changed much from the original version, as the decision to ignore Veronica is just what these idiotic, sexist men would do. They should have made this script into Anchorman 2!

What do you think of the original version of Anchorman? Do you think it would have been too much, or does it sound like a good time? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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SOURCE: The Ringer

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.