Nothing lasts forever, especially not polyester leisure suits, blow-dried bangs, cheesy mustaches or casual sexism. That’s the message we all learned when the trailer for “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” dropped like a dust- and cologne-covered disco ball on Tuesday.
In it, we see Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Champ Kind (David Koechner) pack up the motor home and move from San Diego to New York to help launch a 24-hour news channel.
“I’m going to do the thing that God put Ron Burgundy on this Earth to do,” says a rough-looking Burgundy. “Have salon-quality hair and read the news.” And they’re not alone, either.
Dim-witted weatherman Tamland has a new love interest in Kristen Wiig, whom he woos with killer pick-up lines like, “Your hair looks like wet popcorn.” He may actually have met his match, this time, since she responds, “I like the parts of your face that are covered with skin.”
Burgundy realizes there’s not enough Sex Panther in the world, though, to compete with another rising star at the network, devilishly handsome anchor James Marsden (“X-Men”). Among the returning faces are Christina Applegate, Vince Vaughn and Luke Wilson, as well cameos from Harrison Ford, Nicole Kidman, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jim Carrey, Liam Neeson, Kanye West and Tina Fey.
As if to prove that you can take the man out of the ’70s but you can’t take the ’70s out of the man, the clip ends with Burgundy at a dinner with his new black girlfriend Meagan Good, explaining to her horrified family that he doesn’t read Jet magazine, or, um, Jheri Curl Daily.
Don’t worry, he’s a professional and he has it all figured out. When Good asks what he’s doing, Burgundy explains that he’s just, you know, breaking down the barriers of race by assimilation. “Which one of you convicts with the longest record can pass me the mashed potatoes?” he asks.
See? Classic Burgundy!
“Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” opens on December 20.