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Anchorman 2 - meet Ferrell's inspiration behind Ron Burgundy

by James McAllister. Published Wed 04 Dec 2013 09:21, last updated: 02/12/13

Anchorman creator Will Ferrell has revealed his inspiration for the world famous Ron Burgundy character was a local TV news broadcaster called Mort Crim.

The Hollywood director said the idea of a 'magnificently pompous twit' who spoke about 'the quality of his pubic hair' came to him after watching a documentary on Crim.

Crim's channel 3 news-cast became the highest rated in Philadelphia after hiring female co-anchor Jessica Savitch. Like the plot of Anchorman Savitch was to Crim what Corningstone was to Burgundy.

Ferrell said: "He talked about what a chauvinistic pig he was."

"I started to think 'What if I was this guy?".

Thanks to Crim's broadcast, Ferrell developed the character into Ron Burgundy spinning lines like, "I'm very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany."

Adding some ridiculous co-hosts like Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, the he has given birth to one of the most successful and outrageous characters in Hollywood.

Although the funny man feels Burgundy is 'terribly insecure and kind of shy.'

Funny or Die comedy star Will said "As a child I was also extremely shy. I had to meet everyone and until I was comfortable with everyone I didn't say a word."

It's hard to believe from the man who was recently voted the funniest man in Hollywood.



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