29 Little Known Facts About ‘Anchorman’

On this day 9 years ago “Anchorman” hit theaters across America. With a sequel in the works and people still quoting the movie like it was released yesterday we look back at one of Will Ferrell’s finest performances with 29 obscure facts about Anchorman. 

  • The first draft of the screenplay included suggested actors for various roles: Champ Kind: John C. Reilly; Brick Tamland: Chris Parnell; Brian Fantana: Ben Stiller; Ed Harken: Ed Harris; Garth Holiday: Dan Aykroyd; Frank Vitchard: Alec Baldwin
  • When the in-studio monitor shows the rolling credits during Ron and Veronica’s banter, one of the credited writers listed is “Jon Hamm”.
  • An entire movie titled “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie” was released on DVD in 2004 and includes 93 minutes of abandoned subplots and alternate takes from the original film.
  • According to Mr. Burgundy himself, Ron’s full name is Ronald Joseph Aaron Burgundy.
  • In the movie “The Anchorman”, the Mexican restaurant Veronica visits with the girls from the station is named “Escupimos en su Alimento”. In Spanish, that means, “We spit in your food”. 
  • In the Sex Panther cologne scene, many of the colognes and lotions are from the 2000s and not the 1970s.
  • One of Brian Fantana’s colognes is called Lime Prop.
  • At the opening, there is this proclamation: “Based on actual events. Only the people, places and events have been changed.”
  • Champ’s line “I will take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again” is a reference to the comic book series ‘Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future’, where Dare’s nemesis, the Mekon, makes an identical threat against Dorothy Dare, Dan’s mother.
  • Out of all the memorable characters he has portrayed, Will Ferrell admits that Ron Burgundy was his favorite. “He is my favorite character I’ve played, if I have to choose one. Looking back, that makes it the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done.”
  • There is one more scene after the end credits roll with the Anchor Team walking as Ron talk about where they will be years from now.
  •  Several actors from Judd Apatow’s TV show “Freaks and Geeks” have uncredited appearances in the film. Most recognizable is Seth Rogen as the cameraman at the cat fashion show.
  • The sound effect heard when the News Team jumps into the bear pit towards the end of the film is from “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “The Bionic Woman,” two popular ’70s TV shows. On those two shows, the sound was heard anytime the characters would perform a physically superhuman feat.
  • Many of the actors as well as Will Ferrell are well versed in the art of improvisation and would sometimes do up to 20 different versions of reaction lines trying out the first thing that popped into their heads.
  • Originally, Alec Baldwin was considered for the role of Frank Vitchard.
  • Although the story takes place in the 70s, many of the aerial shots in the film showcase San Diego’s new skyline including the Hyatt towers and the new Petco ballpark.
  • Whether he was being serious or not, “Anchorman” director Adam McKay once claimed he was working on an “Anchorman” musical for a potential four-month limited run on Broadway before the idea was scrapped completely.
  • The end credits feature outtakes from the film, as well as one outtake from the film Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)
  • Judd Apatow makes a cameo in the scene in which Brian Fantana hits on Veronica in the news office while wearing Panther cologne, Apatow says that the cologne smells like: “A turd covered in burnt hair”.
  • In an unrated version of the film, there is a scene where Ron Burgundy discusses on the air how proud he is of his mane of pubic hair.
  • During the opening credits, the back of Ron’s blazer is being cleaned off with a lint roller. The earliest patent on the lint roller was in August, 1983.
  • Amy Poehler was completely cut out of the movie. 
  • The film was inspired by a biography show that Will Ferrell watched about Jessica Savitch, a female broadcast journalist, and how one of her male coworkers confessed to being a total chauvinist back in the day.
  • There are 23 people in the street fight.
  • When Ron and Veronica are in the midst of coitus, Veronica speaks in Spanish and Ron’s dog Baxter is heard barking as to respond to her.
  • In the night club, Ron plays jazz flute in the style of Ian Anderson, lead singer and flautist of Jethro Tull. Ron blurts out “Hey Aqualung!” at the end of the song, a lyric from the Jethro Tull song “Aqualung”, the title track of their 1971 album.
  • Ron Burgundy’s license plate is “IM #1.”
  • There are 23 people in the street fight.
  • The script also specified another member of the news team, Marshall Connors, with William H. Macy suggested for the part.
  • Before the news team brawl there is a graffiti tag on the wall visible (as Vince Vaughn’s (Wes Mantooth) news team ride their bikes into the alley) that reads “Channel 9” – the name of Mantooth’s news team.

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