Since director Adam McKay shot so much extra footage for "Anchorman 2" that he was able to cut an entirely different version of the film, it makes sense that he'd probably have enough material left over for another one, right? While that's probably true, alas, the latest trailer for a "no joke" version of "Anchorman 2" is simply an April Fools' Day stunt.
The clip claims to be a new cut of the sequel to 2004's "Anchorman" that's "coming soon," and features a score of dramatic, ominous music and a heated argument between Ron (Will Ferrell) and Veronica (Christina Applegate). The couple is bickering over Veronica's booming news career, and what it means for their relationship, when Ron lays down an ultimatum.
"Me, or the job," he bellows.
McKay explained his creative decision in a tongue-in-cheek press release.
"People know that Will and I do many joke options for our movies, but I think what gets lost is the fact that underneath the laughs there's a very powerful drama at work," the director wrote. "Movies like 'Sophie's Choice,' 'Ordinary People,' and 'Breaking the Waves' are the movies that inspire Will and me. I'm just glad, with the no-joke cut, audiences can finally appreciate the rawness and drama of 'Anchorman 2.'"
Honestly, we sort of hope that McKay decides to turn this farce into a reality -- we'd watch Ron Burgundy do anything.
"Anchorman 2" -- the all-jokes version -- is out on DVD and Bluray now.
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