Anchorman star Will Ferrell reveals naked ambition at Irish premiere

Comic Will Ferrell has vowed to go skinny-dipping in the Liffey during his visit to Dublin.

No stranger to Ireland, the Anchorman 2 star said he expected about 50 people to turn up to the movie’s premiere.

However, he was astounded to see hundreds lining the pavement of the capital’s main thoroughfare O’Connell St last night.

“It’s been fantastic,” he said, as he headed into the packed Savoy Cinema to introduce the eagerly awaited comedy sequel.

The star, 46, and the rest of the film cast sampled some of the capital’s best Guinness at popular pub Toner’s before the premiere.

“I just had a half pint,” he insisted.

Ferrell, who plays anchorman Ron Burgundy in the films about a news team, said it was great to reprise the part.

“We obviously had a great time being back together and recreating, bringing those characters back to life,” he said.

Ferrell, whose family has connections with Longford and who was awarded the James Joyce Award at University College Dublin five years ago, seemed undaunted by the December chill when he insisted he was going to jump into the Liffey “in the buff”.

“Right about 1am in the morning, if you have the courage to do it, join us,” he added.

Ferrell, also known for his roles in Zoolander and on Saturday Night Live, walked the red carpet with cast members Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.

Rudd, who plays man-on-the-street reporter Brian Fantana in the films, joked that the authorities would not allow him to bring his character’s potent Sex Panther Cologne into the country. “It has been outlawed by most governments,” said Rudd, who had a recurring character in hit TV show Friends. “It really is probably for the safety of most citizens.”

Unlike Ferrell, who has been a frequent visitor to Ireland, Carell, star of the US version of The Office, revealed this was his first time on the Emerald Isle.

“We’ve been here about 10 hours, it’s the first time I’ve ever been to Ireland and so far so lovely,” he said. “People have been really nice.”

The star, who plays “I love lamp” weatherman Brick Tamland, also revealed that the cast would consider reuniting for a third Anchorman film.

“We’ll see how this one goes,” Carell said. “If people like it, maybe 10 years from now we’ll do a third.”

* Anchorman 2 opens in cinemas across Ireland on Dec 18.


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