Monday 21 April 2014

Ron Burgundy shows Dublin his pulling power

* Stars and fans flock to Anchorman 2 premiere – and Will Ferrell warns Ryan Tubridy he has his eye on Late Late Toy Show

ActorWill Ferrel   tonight at The Irish Premiere of Anchorman 2 : The Legend Continues at The Savoy Cinema Dublin
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Actor Will Ferrel at The Irish Premiere of Anchorman 2 : The Legend Continues at The Savoy Cinema Dublin Pictures Brian McEvoy

RON Burgundy certainly has pulling power.

The Anchorman and his Channel 4 news team arrived in Dublin yesterday ahead of the hotly anticipated premiere of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Hundreds of fans gathered outside Dublin's Savoy Cinema to see Ron, Brian Fantana, Brick Tamland and Champ Kind rock up the red carpet.

The cast certainly laid on the charm for their Irish audience who were waiting for up to six hours when they arrived shortly before the screening kicked-off.

Will Ferrell, whose family is originally from Longford, said he had been eager to get back to Ireland as he loves spending time here.

“I'd love to sail around the entire country some day and be rescued by the Irish Coast Guard,” he joked.

“If anyone wants to join us after the movie we're all going to swim in the Liffey.”

He told the Herald he plans to take over from Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show next year.

“He doesn't know yet, but I am,” he said.


Paul Rudd said that Ireland holds a special place in his heart.

“I scattered my father's ashes here, I've been coming here for decades,” he told the Herald. “I consider it my home – I never like to stay away too long.”

Celebrity fans were out in force, with actors Jack Reynor and Domhnall Gleeson taking to the red carpet.

Love/Hate star Peter Coonan joined newly engaged Sinead Kennedy and Rozanna Purcell, who arrived with her sister and said they were looking forward to the show.

The Channel 4 news team touched down in Ireland earlier in the day and made their way to Today FM and RTE to record interviews before throwing on those 1970s glad-rags and heading off to the Savoy.

The buzz surrounding the film has been mounting for weeks.

Anne Doyle featured as the bastion of professional news reporting in the Anchorman 2 trailer released in October.

Unfortunately, she was unable to make the premiere.

“I won’t be going,” she told the Herald beforehand.

“I’m going on holiday, but they sent me the DVD of the first one and I thought it was very funny.”

Earlier, the cast enjoyed a pub crawl in the city centre, including a stop in Toners in Baggot Street.

They also filmed an interview with Ryan Tubridy for the Late Late Show while in town.

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