60% of the time, it works all the time…. 10 facts you may not know about Anchorman

12 11 2010

Such was the success of the Back To The Future blog a few weeks ago, we decided to re-run the exercise. We knew we had to choose another top notch film that people love, so we settled on…. Anchorman.

It truly is a film of genius that you can watch over and over again, but there are some facts that you may have missed, despite watching it over a gerjillion times. Enjoy this afternoon delight.

Afternoon delight...

10.When Veronica goes out for dinner with the girls, the restaurant is called “Escupimos en su Alimento”. This translates to “We spit in your food”.

9. You can actually buy Sex Panther. Goldfingers FC’s left back, Liam W has some. It smells repellant (40% of the time).

8. In the credits, Brick talks about eating fiberglass insulation and how “it didn’t taste like cotton candy like that guy said it would,” my tummy itches.” This is a nod to Nirvana. Their song “Beeswax” contains the line “Fiberglass insulation disguised as cotton candy”.

7. Baxter is named after Ted Baxter, who was the self-obsessed anchorman played by Ted Knight on the Mary Tyler Moore show.

6. The bloke that says that Brian’s Sex Panther smells like a turd covered in burnt hair is none other than Judd Apatow, the producer of the film and the likes of Knocked Up, Superbad and The 40 Year Old Virgin.

5. Near the beginning of the film, when Ron Burgundy gives his news report before bombing into the pool, Ben Stiller is out of shot underneath him, reportedly tickling Will Ferrell’s sack. This was going to be in the extras, but it was felt that sacks were maybe a little to far…

4. The first draft of the script is a little different to what we know and love now. The story was about a planeload of news anchors who crash in the mountains and discover that the plane which they collided was carrying monkeys and martial arts equipment, leading to a battle between cannibalistic newsmen and star-throwing monkeys. That does sound amazing, to be fair…

3. James Westfall, the charming name for Brian Fantana’s left knacker, is either named after an American historian, who died in 1941 or, and which is likely the case a jazz vibraphonist from Houston. I don’t know what a jazz vibraphonist is either, but then again, I didn’t appreciate the jazz flute until seeing Anchorman. Dr Kenneth Noisewater remains a mystery…

2. Baxter wears a collar with the number 4 on it, the same as Ron’s TV station

You're so wise. You're like a miniature Buddha, covered in hair

1. Steve Carrell’s audition for Brick Tamland descended into hysteria – check his audition out below.

A truly sensational film…

Admittedly, one of these facts may have been made up….





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