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12 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 'Anchorman'


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Will Ferrell's big "Anchorman" sequel is out Wednesday.

It's been nearly a decade since the channel 4 news team assembled on screen.

How much do you know about the original film?

From actresses Christina Applegate beat out for the coveted role of Veronica Corningstone to the real-life journalists who served as inspiration for the two leads, see what you don't know about "Anchorman."

The idea for the film came after Will Ferrell watched a Lifetime documentary on an anchorwoman from the 1970s.

Titled "Intimate Portrait: Jessica Savitch," the biography followed the journalist's road to becoming one of the first women network news anchors.

"There were all these interviews with anchormen of the day who were talking about how upset they had been that a woman had come in to work with them," said Ferrell."We were laughing so hard at these guys with perfect ties admitting that they were completely freaked out by a woman coming into the news office."

(Source: "Anchorman" production notes)

Veronica Corningstone's character is based on journalist Jessica Savitch.

She was the focus of the Lifetime documentary Ferrell watched. 

You can read more on her inspiration on the movie here

Ron Burgundy is based off of a real-life local newscaster, Mort Crim.

Ferrell told the New York Times upon seeing Jessica Savitch's one-time co-anchor in the Lifetime documentary, "he was struck by ... his reminiscences in a silky baritone."

“He [Crim] literally said the line: ‘You have to remember, back then I was a real male chauvinist pig. I was not nice to her.’” said Ferrell.

(Source: The New York Times)

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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