Now You've Seen 'Anchorman 2', Watch These Movies From the Cast's Past
The long-awaited Anchorman sequel has finally arrived, and the only thing we're more excited about than actually seeing Anchorman 2 is having the opportunity to quote it endlessly later. We're thrilled to see the cast back together again — now with a few new faces thrown into the bunch — and cannot wait to watch them in all of their 1970's glory. Whether you have already seen the sequel or are waiting for the weekend rush to end, we've compiled a list of some of the cast's older movies that you may not have had a chance to see yet... or are so awesome that they can be re-watched over and over again.
Christina Applegate (Veronica Corningstone)
Veronica Corningstone was one of the few women in the newsroom in the original Anchorman, making Christina Applegate one of the few ladies in the cast. In her 2002 film The Sweetest Thing, Christina Applegate gets to pal around with Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair in “a romantic comedy without all the sugar”. Fun fact: the screenwriter of the film, Nancy Pimental, based the characters in the film on herself and her best friend, Private Practice star Kate Walsh.
Steve Carell (Brick Tamland)
Brick Tamland loves lamp, and we love a lot of Steve Carell movies. While 2011’s Crazy, Stupid Love will definitely be the go-to flick for many a girl’s night, we also love Carell’s performance in his summer dramedy The Way, Way Back. Unlike most of Carell’s roles, Carell played a highly unlikable character — a jerk who constantly takes jabs at his girlfriend’s teenage son (played by the talented young actor Liam James). Somehow, Carell totally nails this nasty role (and we still love him anyway).
Paul Rudd (Brian Fantana)
Paul Rudd is a never-aging wizard with a crazy long IMDb page, so it’s tough to pick out just one movie from Rudd’s past. Did you know that, before Toby Maguire took on the role this past summer, Paul Rudd played Nick Carroway in a made-for-TV version of The Great Gatsby? (Seriously, this guy has been in everything.) We particularly liked his recent turn as the kind-hearted English teacher in 2012’s Perks of Being a Wallflower. But let’s not forget the ultimate Paul Rudd role: Josh, Cher’s absolutely adorable step-brother turned boyfriend in always awesome Clueless.
David Koechner (Champ Kind)
Koechner, a SecondCity alum, is most famous for his role as Todd on The Office. Before that he was in comedies like A Guy Thing alongside Julia Stiles. Later he had a role in the smart satirical film Thank You For Smoking. But we have to say the best thing from Koechner’s resume is the fact that he played Miley’s infamous Uncle Earl on Hannah Montana (and you would NEVER guess that it was him…)
Meagan Goode (Linda Jackson)
Goode is new to the Anchorman films, but you may recognize her from the now-cancelled NBC show Deception, where she played a cop tracking down her old friend’s killer while living amongst her uber-wealthy family. For those of you who aren’t too squeamish, she was a scream queen in Saw V. If blood and guts just aren’t your thing, you can always check out the 2005 noir film Brick, which she appeared in alongside Joseph Gordan-Levitt.
James Marsden (Jack Lime)
Marsden, also new to the Anchorman gang, is probably best known for his rom-coms (including The Notebook where he loses the girl to Ryan Gosling… sigh) but one role that we were surprised he played? John Wilkes Booth in Zoolander. (Who knew, right?) Recently, Marsden played another historical figure — John F. Kennedy in Lee Daniel’s The Butler. While Marsden has starred in a ton of films, we still can’t help but want to re-watch him as the dim-but-dashing Prince in Enchanted.
Kristen Wiig (Chani)
Umm, what don’t we love Kristen Wiig in? Wiig made us laugh each week on Saturday Night Live and in her starring role in Bridesmaids, but we also adored her in the 2009 dramedy Adventureland as the co-owner of the amusement park we’d all want to spend our summers working at. It was a smaller role in the film, but Wiig definitely injected her own brand of humor into the (surprisingly sad!) film. We’re thrilled to see her in her latest film venture, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, alongside Ben Stiller.
Will Ferrell (Ron Burgandy)
If you’re not watching Elf several times a week in December, you’re doing Christmas wrong. While nearly all of Will Ferrell’s comedies are quotable, Ferrell’s role as Franz Liebkind in the 2005 movie version of the musical The Producers is perfectly, wonderfully weird and delightful. If you want to see Ferrell in something a little bit more serious, check out the very cool but very weird film Stranger Than Fiction, where he plays an IRS auditor who realizes that his entire life is being narrated by an author.