A lot of things have changed for Steve Carell since he uttered the famous phrase “I love lamp” as Brick Tamland in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. After all, the 2004 movie came out a month before The 40-Year-Old Virgin and eight months before The Office premiered on NBC, and many of us still thought of him as “Produce Pete” from the Daily Show. So when VH1 Celebrity caught up with Carell as he was doing press for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (in theaters June 22), we wondered if he thought his higher profile would mean a bigger part for the lovable weatherman in the sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, due to begin filming next February or March.
“I have no idea. I kind of hope not,” Carell told us. “I feel that Brick is best taken in small doses. And I see it as an ensemble, aside from Will [Ferrell]. I hope it’s kind of the same setup as the first one.”
And after all these years, Carell seems to think that ensemble will be just as great together as the first time around.
“We shot a teaser trailer a month or so ago, and I think it had been eight years since we had all put on those costumes and done this, and it was great,” he recalled. “It was like no time had passed at all. It was really fun. And that’s why everybody’s doing it. It’s because for each of us it was one of the most fun experiences any of us had ever had, professionally or otherwise. I laughed until I cried every day on that set, so I think we’re all kind of looking forward to that.”
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