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Rudd was desperate for Anchorman

Paul Rudd has said the first time he read the script for Anchorman, he was desperate to land a role in it.

The Knocked Up actor, who is working on the newsroom-based comedy's sequel, said he thought the original 2004 hit was hilarious from the start.

He told Total Film: "I just couldn't give up on getting an audition for it... because the script was one of the funniest things I ever read - I didn't care what part.

"During the shooting of Anchorman, I remember Zak Orth, one of the other actors, said, 'I don't know if this movie will ever come out. I just want to have a videotape of it.'

"I remember thinking the same thing. I really think that's the best barometer. If I think it's funny or if somebody I work with thinks it's funny, there's a pretty good chance there'll be other people who find it funny."

Paul, 44, also talked about appearing alongside one of his comedy heroes, Steve Coogan, in the upcoming Prince Avalanche.

In one scene Steve's character bends over while naked.

Paul said: "That was one of the hardest scenes to get through because I'm a big Steve Coogan fan. I didn't know Steve and the surreal aspect of just meeting somebody who you really admire and then seeing their penis and testicles... it's just weird."

Anchorman: The Legend Continues is due to be released in cinemas on December 20 and Prince Avalanche is due out on October 18.

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