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'Anchorman 2' Director Talks [SPOILER] Cameo

Read at your own risk! There be spoilers ahead, matey. "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" cameo spoilers, to be specific.

This particular cameo has been out there already, but, what's new here is that director/co-writer Adam McKay has unleashed a bunch of details.

You've been warned.

Remember those photos of Kanye West that surfaced from the "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" set? Well, McKay recently had plenty to say about the participation of the rapper-turned-actor who is of course baby daddy to Kim Kardashian, bully to Taylor Swift, performance artist on "SNL" and the man The President of the United States twice referred to as a "jackass."

There was no jackassery on display on the Atlanta set of the hotly anticipated Will Ferrell comedy sequel, however.

We already know that West will be choking Steve Carrell with a hockey stick during a big brawl. Now we know what a nice and happy guy he can be.

"He was great, and he was funny," McKay told MTV News while promoting the blu-ray release of "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters," which he co-produced. (He also talked about "Hansel & Gretel 2" with MovieWeb this week).

Kanye even got in on some of the improv action that characterized the set of "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," where Ferrell's old "SNL" collaborator turned director encouraged an atmosphere of comedic experimentation and multiple takes. "He came up with a couple good lines on his own," McKay said. "We did our usual style of do the written line, and then I would throw out alternate lines and we'd improvise. He was completely cool and game."

Like any warmblooded human being, West had a lot of fun hanging around the Channel 4 News team, so much so that he hung around even when he didn't have to be there.

"He even showed up for an extra quarter of a day where he had no speaking lines," McKay added. "He was just kind of in the group fight sequence, and he was having so much fun that he came back to do that."

This won't be the first time Kanye has flexed his thespian muscle in film or TV. He's surfaced on HBO's "Entourage" (oof), Mike Meyers' "The Love Guru" (double oof!), "The Cleveland Show" (which isn't watched by any black people, according to Snoop Dogg), some weird art thing called "We Were Once A Fairytale" and the Kobe Bryant, er, classic, "The Black Mamba," all of which were once helpfully rounded up by Consequence of Sound.

As with most films in the modern age, paparazzi photos have spoiled several details about the "Anchorman" sequel that almost wasn't, including some other cameos. But McKay is rolling with the punches.

"I think we all know that, in this day and age, you can only cover stuff up so much, unless you're shooting in Venezuela or whatever. It's going to happen. The only thing that I would wish is that when they would reveal cameos and stuff that they would do a spoiler alert up top." (We got the memo this time, Adam!). "I understand that's what these websites do. That's what the paparazzi do. It's not surprising to us at all."

As much as the constant coverage can be a curse, it can also be a blessing.

"It's a good thing that people care that much," he noted. "No one was hiding in the bushes when we were shooting 'Talladega Nights' to see if Sacha Baron Cohen was on set. That wasn't happening at all, so it's a very good sign that people are that excited."

"Anchorman: The Legend Continues" arrives in theaters December 20 - Happy Holidays to us!

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