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Monday 2 March 2015

Ferrell: I was like McKay's butler

Will Ferrell has reprised his role as newscaster Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Will Ferrell has reprised his role as newscaster Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Will Ferrell has joked that he felt like Adam McKay's butler when they wrote the Anchorman sequel.

The US funnyman, who reprises his role as newscaster Ron Burgundy, also co-wrote the film with the director and quipped that Adam had the bulk of the writing duties.

"I type, I get him coffee, I'm somewhat like his valet. I make sure that his laundry and shirts are pressed. That's how we work," he joked.

But he added: "I usually do a lot of it, and we ping-pong things back and forth."

Will - who was reunited with his co-stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Christina Applegate - admitted that filming the comedy sequel wasn't a barrel of laughs.

"We're being funny on camera and then in between takes, there's a lot of tension, a lot of screaming at each other. It's very dramatic," he said.

And he revealed there was some corpsing on set.

"When Ron gets punched and he's crying like a little baby, there was some corpsing that day," he recalled, adding: "I was crying myself just because I knew they were laughing so they started making me laugh."

But he said the cast and crew were satisfied with the finished film, saying: "We made it. I think we're all very excited and thrilled. We feel very good about the movie, we think it's very funny, poignant and satirical."

:: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is in cinemas now.

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