Here's a news flash: Many movie lovers consider "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" to be among the funniest films of the past decade. And now, here's a story even bigger than the Panda Watch: Steve Carell is ready to get classy again, San Diego.
"Oh, absolutely," Carell said to MTV News, as talk of an "Anchorman" sequel continues to build momentum. "Yeah, in a second."
Just last week, Will Ferrell attended one of our MTV Movie Awards Sneak Peek Week screenings of "The Foot Fist Way," dropped a Ron Burgundy imitation on the audience, and confirmed that he and writer/director Adam McKay are in the beginning stages of plotting out a sequel. Now, the star of "Get Smart" has confirmed that they've been in touch with him, and that he's eager to step back into the Seventies.
"I've heard some inklings as to what Adam McKay has in mind for a sequel, and it's really funny," Carell explained, insisting the sequel will once again take us to Pleasure Town. "But I couldn't say anything more than that."
Adding that he "can't wait to find out" what dim-witted Channel Four News weatherman Brick Tamland is up to these days, Carell told us that while Brick may have loved a lamp and carpet, the actor feels the same way about his co-stars.
"Everybody's a friend," he said of his "Smart" co-star David Koechner, his "40-Year-Old-Virgin" co-star Paul Rudd and others. "That is one of the most fun things I ever did. I laughed until I cried, every day on that movie."
An enthusiastic Carell promised us that he's eager to provide more afternoon delight, and insisted that just because his own personal star-power has soared in the past three years, he won't be one of these actors who insists on more screen-time in a sequel. "No way. No, no no," the affable actor grinned. "I think Brick Tamland is what he is, in terms of that news team. I think he's just a member of the team."
What jokes, characters and themes do you think "Anchorman 2" should explore further? Who typed a question mark on the Teleprompter?