Judd Apatow, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey—the only star who can attract a crowd like that is Will Ferrell. The funnyman (a.k.a. Ron Burgundy, San Diego's top-rated newsman) and his comedic cohorts all turned out last night for the U.S. premiere of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues at the Upper West Side's Beacon Theatre.
"You know, I did a lot of cooking in my trailer this time, lots of chicken pot pies, lasagnas—that's how I relaxed," Ferrell told Style.com of his time on set. Maybe he had a bit too much fun cooking? Ferrell joked, "My New Year's resolution is to lose 100 pounds, but if I lose 80, I guess I will be happy." And how about having Kanye West in the film? "He was only on set for two days, but he is perhaps the most prolific creative person I have ever been around," Ferrell said of West, who has a cameo appearance in the sequel but didn't show up for the screening. "His mind is always turning. He was on his phone, coordinating a photo shoot. Or scribbling lyrics to a song. It was pretty amazing, actually."
Though Ferrell and his team scored Yeezus and an impressive cast of extras, they didn't land everyone they had hoped for. "We really wanted Meryl Streep, but she would not do it," reported director Adam McKay. "The Dalai Lama really wanted to do it, and he showed up, but we said he just wasn't that funny. We had to have security remove him."