The cast of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” proved that they’ve still got golden pipes this week when they performed an impromptu rendition of “Afternoon Delight,” the Starland Vocal Band song the Channel 4 News team famously sang in the first film.
Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, and David Koechner reprised the tune during the Sydney premiere of “Anchorman 2,” inviting the crowd to join in. The audience was delighted by the performance, clapping and singing along, and cracked up as Koechner made his signature wacky sound effect toward the end of the chorus.
Indeed, the cast and fans have plenty to be delighted about: Paramount just announced that the flick will open two days earlier than planned to cash in on audience excitement for the long-awaited sequel to 2004’s “Anchorman.” The legend will now continue on Wednesday, December 18 instead of the 20th.
Here’s hoping the singing continues in “Anchorman 2,” too.
[via HuffPost Entertainment, TheWrap]
Gallery | Underrated Dramatic Roles By Comedic Actors
- Zach Galifianakis in ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’
In “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” Galifianakis plays Bobby, a psychiatric patient who befriends a 16-year-old boy admitted into the same hospital. Bobby is off-beat and socially awkward — arguably not a huge stretch for the “Hangover” star — but he is also one of the most unstable people in the institution. When the time comes to display the pain and despair his character feels, Galifianakis really shines. He is understated but effective, and the actor’s quirky wit serves him well.
- Marlon Wayans in ‘Requiem for a Dream’
When most people hear the name Marlon Wayans, the term “dramatic actor” rarely comes to mind. But those of us who have seen “Requiem for a Dream” know that Wayans is capable of much more than tongue-in-cheek comedy. In the dark drama, he plays an ambitious young Brooklyn man who goes into the drug business with his friend (Jared Leto) and subsequently gets hooked on heroin. Wayans’s performance is raw and shockingly believable. Co-star Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film, but we think Wayans deserved some consideration, too. If you haven’t seen it, watch it, and get ready to see this Wayans brother in a new, serious light.
- Patton Oswalt in ‘Young Adult’
Patton Oswalt is mostly known for his supporting roles on sitcoms such as “The King of Queens,” but he gave a very different performance as Charlize Theron’s unlikely love interest in “Young Adult.” His character, Matt, is bitter and broken-down thanks to an old high-school knee injury that left him walking with a cane. His character is unnervingly dark, and Oswalt manages to convey that but at the same time remain sarcastic and witty. The movie received mixed reviews, but Oswalt earned most of the movie’s good notes — not enough in our book!
- Jack Black in ‘Margot at the Wedding’
The independent film “Margot at the Wedding” starred some not-so-indie actors, like Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jack Black. But it was Black’s performance that was the furthest from anything we’d seen from this trio of A-listers. He played Leigh’s fiancé, a wannabe artist who sketches pornographic scenes and writes angry letters to magazine editors. While his character has his share of funny moments, Black succeeded in proving he can do more than slap-stick comedy and wacky voiceovers. In one scene, Black breaks down, sobbing with such sincerity that we could hardly believe this was the same guy from “Shallow Hal.” Bravo, Jack.
- Steve Carell in ‘Little Miss Sunshine’
Steve Carell’s role in “Little Miss Sunshine” may not be as unrecognized as the others on our list, but we still feel as though it deserved more attention than it received. Yes, the movie was met with positive reviews, but its pint-sized star, Abigail Breslin, stole the spotlight from the other stars (appropriately so). In the shadow of Breslin’s breakthrough performance sat Carell’s character, Frank, a severely depressed, suicidal man. After his performance in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” we’re sure people doubted the actor’s ability to take on a serious role, but Carell proved nay-sayers wrong with a deft performance of a tormented character who finds new joy through his niece’s eyes.
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