A quick glance at the calendar - it's April 1, people - offers a reminder that it's a new month and a new comedy equinox. What better time to announce a joke-free dramatic cut of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues to wow the chin-stroking awards fraternity? None. None better time. Here it is, then, courtesy of Yahoo's new trailer.
This dramatic re-edit of the comedy sees things take a turn for the Kramer Vs. Kramer as Ron (Will Ferrell) and Veronica battle it out in front of the almost-certainly traumatised kids. Expensive lawyers and a bloody pitched battle in Central Park almost certainly await.
Says writer/director Adam McKay: “People know that Will (Ferrell) and I do many joke options for our movies, but I think what gets lost is the fact that underneath the laughs there's a very powerful drama at work. I'm just glad, with the no joke cut, audiences can finally appreciate the rawness and drama of Anchorman 2.”
“Comedies often fail to get the consideration they deserve because laughter masks the serious storytelling going on beneath the surface,” chips in producer Judd Apatow. “This new cut illustrates that Anchorman 2 can hold its weight against any drama.”
To those people who thought Anchorman 2 was a drama, think again. To those who want a new slant on Ron's attempts to grapple with the vagaries of rolling news, family life and emotionally needy Great Whites, the full 763-gag jokesplant, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: Super Sized R-Rated Version, will no doubt feature on the DVD or Blu-ray release.