Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and the rest of the Anchorman gang had so much fun making Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — and shot so much extra footage — that they were able to release an R-rated alternate version of the film that included 763 completely new jokes.
“Of all the movies we’ve done, Anchorman is sort of the closest to Zucker-Zucker-Abrahams as far as frequency of jokes, absurdity, that sort of style,” says McKay. “There were loads and loads of completely different ideas, jokes, runs, lines; every joke we did in the theatrical, we would shoot three or four alts to it, and in almost all of the cases there was another really good choice.”
McKay estimates that the theatrical cut had approximately 900 laughs — so of Anchorman 2‘s 1,600 plus gags, what was the director’s favorite? Well, I’ll give you a few hints: It takes “journalism” and its obsession with sideboob to an R-rated extreme, and it made Ferrell squeal. Watch the semi-NSFW clip below:
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues comes out on Blu-ray on April 1. But fans can download the film, and this iTunes extra feature, today.