Christina Applegate Anchorman 2 Interview
Christina Applegate Anchorman 2 Interview
Christina Applegate is an American actor most famous for playing the role of Kelly Bundy in the long running Married with Children, and more recently Samantha Who? She has also starred in various feature films such as Hall Pass, Going the Distance and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, alongside renowned comedy actor Will Ferrell, and now she is back again as his co-presenter and wife, in the highly anticipated sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Speaking to View’s Matthew Turner, she talked about how much fun it was to get the gang back together, how she hates cracking up on set, and what films she rates for an Oscar this year.
Normally, I would ask you what attracted you to the part, but obviously, this is the sequel, so what attracted you to the part this time round?

Christina Applegate

Just getting to work with them again, I mean, of course I was going to do it. They could have had her doing anything and I wouldn't have cared, as long as I got to be there.
Did you notice any particular changes between the filming the second and the first one, or was it like stepping back in time and everything was just the same?

Christina Applegate

We definitely had a bigger budget this time round. But, no, the only thing that was different was that [director] Adam McKay now has a PA system that he uses, like a microphone and a little speaker, because he has to yell out lines to us so much that I think he probably got laryngitis from doing it, so it makes his life easier.
So is he yelling out the lines as in he's yelling out the lines that are in the script or is he yelling out his own improvised lines?

Christina Applegate

No, yelling out improv, just things that he comes up with. And that's pretty much where a lot of the classic lines came from: Adam McKay, just the back of his brain.
So as well as everyone else improvising, Adam's behind the camera improvising?

Christina Applegate

It's mostly Adam! I mean, everyone definitely improvs and throws in their own two cents, but Adam McKay is the one that comes up with the stuff where you go. 'What? Okay ...' And it's always the best of the day.
Obviously there are out-takes and within the first film you have that sequence where Veronica and Ron are deliberately trying to make each other laugh on camera. Was there a lot of that in real life too?

Christina Applegate

Yeah. I mean, I really messed up on this one. I laughed so hard. I ruined a lot of takes. Because I was just so excited to be back there and I forgot that I was doing a scene sometimes and I would become an audience member and just be enjoying what I was seeing. So that definitely happens a lot.
When that happens and you do crack up, is there a bit of you that goes, 'I am going to totally own the blooper reel! Man, I am going to be all over that thing.'

Christina Applegate

No, I always feel like really embarrassed and I feel bad because I've ruined a take.
Although you *will* be all over the blooper reel ... Do you have a favourite scene in the film?

Christina Applegate

That's hard. There's a lot. This one's jam-packed with a lot of stuff. I would have to say that the moment that made me laugh the hardest is James Marsden at the end of the movie and he has this emotional moment in the middle of his line that made me wail. I was laughing so hard. So I would say that was the moment that really got me. Like, it surprised me the most of anything in the movie. Without giving anything away, it's really so funny.
Marsden's a fantastic comic actor, I think. He's very under-rated.

Christina Applegate

God, he's so good in this movie. Forget it. People are going to be like, 'Oh, okay. He's a genius.'
Obviously, with a film like this, there's a tonne of stuff that gets cut out. Did anything not make it in that you were particularly sorry to see go?

Christina Applegate

The musical number. There was a big musical number, which I never really got to really see, but I remember the song and I was there when they were recording it and it's really funny. I'm sad that it's gone. But people will see it - you'll get to see it. It'll be on something, somewhere.
Do you have any sympathy for the phrase 'Never work with animals or children'? You're working with both in this film.

Christina Applegate

Well, considering on the first one, I almost got attacked by one of the Kodiak bears, I'd say never work with animals. Children are fine. Children are fine. Don't work with Kodiak bears.
What do you think people will be wanting from the second film?

Christina Applegate

I think you have to just come into it, like don't put too much onus on it. Because it'll surprise you and make you laugh, no matter what. But I know that a lot of people are scared because they want it so badly to meet their expectations and I think that we have given that to everyone, but I always think it's better to kind of come into it without any expectations, because then you get the element of surprise more than anything.
That's kind of why I was asking about differences between filming the first film and filming the second one because with the first one you had no idea that it was going to be the film it became.

Christina Applegate

Yeah, not at all.
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