Person of the Week: The Man Behind the Outrageous Anchorman Ron Burgundy

Will Ferrell lights up silver screen with hilarious life lessons from his TV-ready alter ego.
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Transcript for Person of the Week: The Man Behind the Outrageous Anchorman Ron Burgundy
And next tonight, after reporting all the news of this dramatic week, sometimes it's good just to head into the weekend with a smile. And in 12 days, a movie will enter the theaters brought to life by will ferrell, our person of the week, and a famously steady family guy, out in hollywood. Ten years ago, he created ron burgundy, the pompous news man, who is once again going to get laughs at the expense of those of us who work on tv. I look good. I mean really good. I'm ron burgundy. He's become a kind of national belly laugh, ron burgundy. A tv anchor puffed up on self importance and hair spray. Of course you know what I'm thinking first, which is, is my hair all right? Your hair looks wonderful. Yeah, ron would want to run his fingers through your hair and smell it. What's the question ron burgundy most wants to ask ron burgundy? He would just say, ron, how do you do it? Look at you. How do you do it? And he would just stare open mouthed. And in the world of comedy, will ferrell is an impossibility, kind, very tall, he says in high school, the only way he could get a girl's attention and sympathy was to be funny. He created a site gag. A lot of this. His colleague tina fey says something about ferrell is just so american. It's not that I don't get angry. I mean, you should have seen me five minutes before I walked in this room, cause someone had brought me a latte, that was soy. And I lost it, diane. I was in tears. And you may not know, in college ferrell wanted to be a sportscaster. I have a test for you, ready for a pop quiz? I was not alerted of this. This is sabotage journalism here. You can be this close to being one of us. Can you recognize this music? That's all I get? Richard brown makes his first big shakeup in the office. It was short-lived. And as we know he ended up on saturday night live. I have to have more cowbell. After that, movie after movie proved irresistible, yet with all the success, ferrell has been married 12 years to the same woman. We asked if he thought he was a good father since we saw his three kids laughing with him and at him at the emmy's. Nope, you cannot play angry birds right now. No. That was fun. Could we go get ice cream now? And I was like, sure. That would be great. That's not life. This is life. But an answer to your question, yes, I'm a hell of a father. Yeah. Yeah. Pretty much perfect. And I know, I pretty much know all their ages. The youngest -- yeah, I do, yeah. So in 12 days, welcome ron burgundy back again, the guy who almost didn't happen. We got rejected, I think ten times by ten different studios, as we tried to pitch a comedy about news and everyone's like, really? I don't know. Did they ever come to you and say, we were wrong? Oh, no. The hollywood version is, we always liked it. But we just didn't know it would be like that. Not bad for a nice guy finishing first, not bad for getting the last laugh. A smile for the weekend.

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