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Your bluffer's guide to Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


In 2004, cult comedy Anchorman unleashed Ron Burgundy and his team on the world. And on 18 December, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is set to storm Cineworld.

The original film was a comedy milestone that cleverly sent up the chauvinistic environment of the 1970s male-dominated newsroom. Ron (Will Ferrell) became a comedy icon and was accompanied by his loyal team – Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and Champ Kind (David Koechner).

At the start of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, the team have disbanded, their legend having passed into myth… But you know the saying – you can't keep a good news anchor team down! (OK, we made that up). And soon the guys have reformed to present on New York's first ever 24-hour rolling news station.

Don't know your Brians from your Bricks, or your Rons from your Champs? Then keep up to speed with our handy character guide.

Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell)

An Alpha Male with a capital 'A,' Ron is sexist, arrogant and far too in love with his own moustache. But darn it, we do love him! "I based my character on an imaginary figure by the name of Walter Pinbrook," jokes Ferrell. "Walter Pinbrook was a lieutenant in the French navy in the 1800s."

In Anchorman, San Diego-based Ron was at the top of his game, only to find his position threatened by the ambitious Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). Anchorman 2 picks up in the 1980s, with Ron a washed-up has-been. It also turns out that Ron is now married to Veronica – although they've separated and she's living with Gary (Greg Kinnear).

However, Ron is lured back to take the role as lead anchor on 24-hour station Global News Network. If you thought that was challenging, watch him try to deal with changing attitudes towards gender, race and sexuality!

Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd)

Handsome Rudd won legions of fans when he first appeared as smooth-talking lothario Brian in the original Anchorman.

Field reporter Brian is renowned for wearing his signature brand of cologne called 'Sex Panther' that's illegal in nine countries ("60% of the time, it works every time"). He also names his own testicles ("My left one is James Westfall and my right one is Doctor Kenneth Nosewater").

At the outset of Anchorman 2, Brian and the rest of Ron's team have disbanded. But he joins the fold once more along with Brick and Champ when Ron takes to his new role in New York. He's also got a new cologne called 'Venom' – as the name indicates, it's 100% pure snake venom.

"It was surreal getting back into the costume and seeing each other," Rudd says of Anchorman 2. "It was really exciting."

Brick Tamland (Steve Carell)

"People seem to like me because I am polite and I'm really late," says the loveably foolish Brick at the beginning of Anchorman.

Carell came close to stealing the show in the original movie with his rib-tickling turn as the dim-witted weather forecaster, a character who gave birth to perhaps the film's most quoted line: "I love lamp." Yes, he really does love it. He also has a penchant for taking grenades into the heat of battle.

"He's kind of a conglomeration of every weatherman you have or haven't seen," explains Carell.

Brick faces a raft of new challenges in Anchorman 2 when he returns to help Ron present the news in New York. Most alarmingly, he has trouble with the weather-map – especially when the wonders of green screen mean his legs are no longer visible on-camera!

Champ Kind (David Koechner)

Macho sportscaster Champion 'Champ' Kind is a man so impossibly chauvinistic, he makes Ron Burgundy look like Germaine Greer!

He and Ron made for sexist partners-in-crime in the first Anchorman movie, especially when winding up Ron's rival Veronica Corningstone with a series of childish prank calls.

In fact, Champ seems to harbour something of a man-crush on Ron – so it's little wonder he's back alongside his moustachioed friend in Anchorman 2, reading to bring Manhattan viewers all the latest sporting headlines.

"Will [Ferrell] is amazing, the guy is just incredible," David Koechner gushes. "He'll do things that make me just die!"