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Applegate won't improvise on set

Christina Applegate has admitted she loved having her lines shouted at her down a microphone while filming Anchorman because she's terrified of improv.

The actress returned to her role as Veronica Corningstone for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and said she enjoyed director Adam McKay's way of working.

She said: "Adam has a microphone and a PA system and he actually yells out lines to us, so we're his puppets. I like that better than him saying, 'Just come up with whatever you want.'

"I didn't go to improv school so I'm not a graduate of that as these boys (her co-stars) are, so for me it's very intimidating when someone says, 'Well, just do whatever you want,' and I'm like, 'I want to say your lines, that's what I want to do.'"

Christina, 42, said she loved being back on set, but could feel a change over the 10 years in between Anchorman films.

She explained: "I got to work with Will (Ferrell) and Adam every day and just sitting there, it just felt like we hadn't left. Except for my back hurt a lot more, you know because it's been 10 years, I'm older, it's harder for me to get out of a chair."

The actress also revealed that her Anchorman castmates, who include Will, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, are very different in real life to how they appear on screen.

She said: "I think these guys are the most fey guys I've ever met in my life. You can tell them that. That Christina said they were the most fey guys I've ever met in my life.

"They're soft. They're not sports and they're incredible family men. They're pretty softly spoken, they're not zany. They save zaniness for on-camera, except when everyone's together.

"They're such a welcoming group and you don't really feel that you're not part of it. But I probably have more manly qualities than they do, what with how I act and my sense of humour."

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