Don’t leave your child alone with Ron Burgundy.
That’s the message Christina Applegate sends in a new E! Entertainment special airing at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, the same day the movie hits theaters. Applegate and the other stars of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues — including Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, James Marsden and Meagan Good — along with director Adam McKay will be interviewed by E! News’ Giuliana Rancic in the one-hour sitdown.
The special will feature the cast and director explaining why it took almost 10 years to get the sequel made and what the characters have been doing since we last saw them. The cast also weighs in on who is a better fit for Ron Burgundy — Linda Jackson (Good) or Veronica Corningstone (Applegate) — and what Carrell found most attractive about his onscreen romantic interest, Kristen Wiig.
In this clip, which is exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter, Rancic asks Applegate which of the four main characters (played by Ferrell, Carell, Koechner and Rudd) she would leave her child alone with.
“I would choose the fox,” she quips of a wooden table decoration, noting that despite her character being married to Ron: “If the fox hadn’t eaten in a week, I’d still choose the fox.” Watch the clip above to see whom she (reluctantly) ultimately chooses.
In addition, Ferrell, Rudd, Carell and Koechner will answer celebrity fan questions from the likes of Zooey Deschanel and Inside the Actor’s Studio host James Lipton, share behind-the-scenes stories and talk about the mustaches that helped create their iconic looks.
McKay, meanwhile, also addresses rumors about a third Anchorman movie.
According to E!, the special will be the only interview featuring all of the stars.
The special marks the latest stop on the publicity campaign for the movie, which has featured a slew of appearances by Ferrell in character, including walking the red carpet at the MTV EMAs and calling a curling event in Canada.
While we’ll mourn that HBO’s Nikki Finke-inspired “Tilda”—set to star Diane Keaton, Ellen Page and Wes Bentley, with the pilot episode directed by Bill Condon—never got to series, perhaps this is the next best thing. And with this past November filled with insider baseball-esque blog posts about Finke’s exit from Deadline, what Jay Penske’s next move will be and more, it’s definitely time to laugh.
So hats off to Funny Or Die, who have dropped a trailer for “Deadline: The Movie.” If you’ve ever rolled your eyes over the scratching matches between the trades over executives you never heard of leaving agencies you could care less about, this is for you. If the words “soft pass” make you cringe, this will hit home. It’s a fun goof on the daily trade game, with more than a couple big laughs. So check out the trailer featuring Christina Applegate and Jean Smart below.
Christina Applegate is scheduled to be a guest on the talk show “The Talk” this week! She will be appearing on the show airing Thursday, November 14th on CBS – check your local TV listings for exact air times in your area.
Christina Applegate has a lot on her plate these days. Besides being a busy mom to her 2-year-old daughter Sadie, she’s working with online retailer FabKids to create fun, eclectic clothes for toddlers and tweens. And this December, she’ll be back as ambitious journalist Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman 2: The Legend Returns (Dec. 20), the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s Anchorman, starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and Vince Vaughn.
On a more serious note, the actress heads Right Action for Women, a breast cancer awareness foundation she started in 2008 after her own battle with the disease. In addition to educating women about breast cancer, Right Action for Women provides financial assistance to women who are uninsured or cannot afford breast screenings.
Recently, Right Action joined forces with Asics to create a breast cancer awareness collection of running shoes, sports bras, headbands, and more, all in a signature bright pink. “There’s no other way that we can pay for these MRIs unless someone gives us money,” Applegate said, “so it’s really been invaluable, and I’m incredibly grateful to them.”
Applegate opened up to Parade.com about why it’s important for celebs to speak out about breast cancer, her tips for staying healthy as a busy mom, and reuniting with her Anchorman costars. She also weighed in on Angelina Jolie’s “bold” announcement about her double mastectomy earlier this year.
On helping women through Right Action for Women.
“We’ve had a couple women find cells at early stages, and that’s why I wanted to do this. An MRI can find cancer so much earlier than a mammogram can, and to be able to have that chance to catch it at such a stage where you can take care of yourself and not die from this disease is pretty extraordinary.”
On why celebrities who have endured breast cancer have a responsibility to speak out about the disease.
“You think that three weeks after my mastectomy, I really wanted to go on Good Morning America? I really didn’t. It’s really the last thing I wanted to be doing. But I got outed, and I thought it was really important to talk about it. I thought it was really important to let people know that a woman of 36 and younger can develop this disease. But I’ll tell you, none of us really want to be talking about this. You think we want to talk about our cancer all the time? After a while, it gets like, ‘Ugh, I don’t want to talk about it anymore! Moving on!’ But if you do choose to go public with this, at some point you have to realize how responsible you are for influencing people. You have to choose your words really wisely.”
On Angelina Jolie opening up about her double mastectomy earlier this year.
“I think watching a parent die, or watching a parent go through what her mother went through—and watching my own mother go through breast cancer and ovarian cancer—she made the right decision for herself. That doesn’t mean that every person who’s BRCA should be going out and doing that. I don’t think that’s why she came forward. She came forward because she needed people to know that this happens, even to young people. This was her choice. You do get highly influenced when you watch a parent suffer and, in her case, lose the fight against something. That was the choice she made for herself and it’s a bold choice, because I know what it’s like to have a double mastectomy.”
On her tips for staying healthy as a busy mom.
“It’s been really hard. I don’t have tips; I want someone to give me a tip! I’m trying to find time for myself. I drop [Sadie] off at school, I’m rushing home right now to do some cardio, meet with my trainer, and then I’m going to go rush back and pick her up from school. So this time in-between is the only time I have, and usually, people are trying to get me to do meetings and stuff. It’s like, where do I balance getting that me time? It’s really been difficult, and I really don’t have the answer. I wish I did!”
On her daughter Sadie’s quirky fashion sense, which inspired her collaboration with FabKids.
“Sadie goes into her closet every day and picks out her own clothes. That’s been her gig for at least 9 months now…and I love it! I love what she comes out with. It’s always something really interesting, and I would never have thought to put those patterns together, but it works on her. She’s inspired some of the FabKids lines, and that’s part of what my role is, is to bring some ideas to the table. Sadie’s mish-mosh of patterns and colors has helped inspire some of the collections.”
On what it was like reunited with her Anchorman cast for Anchorman 2.
“The best. Just the best. Our first table read that we had in Atlanta when everyone was there was the coolest thing ever. We all just ran in and we were just so excited to be there, each and every one of us. It was really wonderful. We’re really blessed to have had that experience both times.”
On what’s in store for her character Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman 2.
“The movie starts out when they’re highly successful as co-anchors…except that it’s 10 years later, so I look 10 years older! And Veronica’s changed quite a bit. She’s not that kind of ingénue anymore; she’s not in the trenches fighting so much. It’s almost as if she’s become her anchor-person persona, which I think happens to a lot of people who do that job. When they move from the desk to doing Barbara Walters-type interviews, they almost morph into their anchor persona, and I think she’s kind of become that. She’s a bit more affected and much more settled in herself as a woman. She’s still very driven and she’s still kind of crazy, but she doesn’t have that thing where she’s going to knock people out of her way to get what she wants. She has other priorities now.”
On joking around off set.
“Everyone’s funny on camera. We joke around in conversations, but these aren’t people who are like, ‘Look at me, look at me,’ or running around being nutty. They’re pretty serious about what they’re doing. They’re very witty people, and they make me laugh, but it’s not like we’re playing pranks on each other. We’re in our 40s!”
On taking a break from acting to focus on her family.
“It’s been amazing. It’s been the best few months. I ended work in May, and I’m really happy just to be a stay-at-home mom. You know, it doesn’t seem like I’m a stay-at-home mom with all the things that I’m doing. But sometimes you have to do these things because you are staying home from work! Everyone has to make a living and be doing something for themselves as well. So, I’m very moderately busy with those things, but for the most part, I’m home with Sadie all day long, for 12 hours a day, and it’s fabulous.”
On whether she’s impatient to get back to work.
“I’m actually really enjoying this time. I mean, I love acting more than anything. I went and did ADR [dialogue recording] for Anchorman 2 yesterday, and it was great just to be able to be with [director] Adam McKay and laugh and get to do these lines again. Even though it’s not really acting, it’s a technical part of the process and it was really nice to just be doing something for me again. But after an hour and a half I was like, ‘I can’t wait to get home to my kid.’ I’m good with little bursts of things like that, but then I rush home to my baby girl.”
Christina Applegate will be a guest on the talk show “Chelsea Lately” on Tuesday, October 8th! Make sure you check your local TV listings for exact air times in your area.