By the hymen of Olivia Newton-John… we have ourselves a good, old-fashioned Quote Off!
In preparation for Adam McKay’s long-gestating Anchorman: The Legend Continues, Eric combed through the original film and pulled out the 10 funniest lines we continue to quote to this day. These quotes have burrowed so deeply into our pop culture, you can simply scream, "I’m in a glass case of emotion," and people picture a wailing Will Ferrell in a phone booth.
I tried to take this exercise one step further. When I screened Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Anchorman sequel, I listened for the 10 quotes that were going to stand out and become instantly repeatable punchlines for years to come. It took 10 minutes to realize that this was an impossible task. Almost every line of dialogue penned by Ferrell and McKay for The Legend Continues easily could fit on a t-shirt or coffee mug, living alongside "I’m kind of a big deal" as the next great Ron Burgundy quote.
Still, the sequel deserves its own list, and so here are the 10 Anchorman 2 quotes we think fans will be forcing into conversation this holiday season and beyond. Obviously, these quotes and descriptions are going to spoil Anchorman 2, so bookmark for later if you haven’t seen the movie yet!
"I’m laughing like a ventriloquist dummy!"
Ron Burgundy rarely is able to "take the temperature of the room." Usually his own massive ego is getting in the way of Ron recognizing how factors might be playing against him. So early on in the film, when Harrison Ford is promoting Christina Applegate but insulting Ferrell to his face, the only thing our clueless anchorman is able to do is laugh away the tears, the confusion and the pain… like a dummy on a stranger’s knee.