"Are You A Vampire?"
Having confronted feminism in the original, Anchorman 2 will see the news team broaden their horizons further. Ron embarks on a relationship with his new African-American boss, Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), while here the news team – at their new HQ, GNN – are confronted with a gay colleague, played with admirable patience by Matthew Stanton.
“He was in Talladega Nights but his scene got cut out," says McKay. "He’s a day player from Atlanta and I completely forgot who he was and innocently cast him in this. I thought, that guy’s really good and he came up to me like, you don’t remember me, do you? He was a fan in Talladega Nights but didn’t make the final cut. He’s awesome, though.”
Here’s the bad news – again, Matthew Stanton didn’t make it. This scene has been cut from the movie. “It’s a really funny scene but it was connected to this larger thing that was really long and high in the second act and it kept stopping our momentum,” explains McKay.
But here’s the good news. The movie is locked at one hour and 53 minutes (“the longest one we’ve ever done”), but there was enough raw material shot to make another movie in its entirety. And that’s what McKay wants to do; although this one won’t just be Wake Up Ron Burgundy 2, if he has his druthers. “We did so much improv on this one that we can literally replace every single joke in the movie and put in alt scenes and alt improv runs. I think the editor’s working on it right now, with 250 new jokes. I think it would be really funny to put it in theatres for midnight showings. I know that I personally, if I loved a movie and someone told me that, like if Airplane! had been released with all-new jokes, I’d be like, ‘you’ve got to be fucking kidding me!’ I’d see it in a second.”