Ron Burgundy spills journalistic secrets at Emerson College
Sick of Anchorman 2‘s incessant marketing campaign? Too bad! The movie’s not out until Dec. 18, meaning we’ve got at least two more weeks of promos, ginormous advertisements, and in-character stunt appearances ahead of us.
But even if you’re growing weary of Ron Burgundy’s various shills, you may enjoy the following video — filmed Wednesday at Emerson College, which renamed its school of communication in Burgundy’s honor for one day. To celebrate the occasion, San Diego’s favorite newsman himself — a.k.a. Anchorman star Will Ferrell — participated in a lengthy Q&A session with Emerson students, as well as local Boston journalists. Video of the event is a testament to Ferrell’s top-notch improvising skills; he never gets thrown, even when one student straight-up calls out Burgundy for being a fictional character and a professional in a fake mustache does a clearly rehearsed Burgundy impression.
Check below for a 23-minute clip of Ferrell’s panel — as well as a few of his best in-character quotes from the event. (One of the queries comes from a student publication called Emertainment Monthly. Hee!)
On Ron’s media diet: “I get a lot of news from carrier pigeons.”
After being offered an opportunity to host a show on Boston’s Mix 104.1: “I don’t know if you realize this, but radio is dead. So… the answer is yes. I’ll be there in a half hour.”
On how he keeps his voice so smooth and deep: “A good trick for me is I gargle with day-old bathwater.”
On what modern-day news is lacking: “I think you’re not seeing enough facial hair in news today.”
On how to get along with a female anchor: “It’s a little bit like a marriage if you will. There’s a give and take there. You have to listen to each other’s ideas and thoughts. And at the end of the day, if there is a real juicy story, you simply have to have a fistfight to figure out who’s going to report it.”
On how he plans to change Emerson while he’s there: “Every grade will be pass/fail from now on. And if you fail and bring your teacher a nice steak sandwich, you get a pass. There will be no school on Tuesdays through Friday. It’ll just be an 18-hour day on Monday. And everyone will get a free computer, a Commodore PC, that they can take wherever they want.” To pay for all this, Burgundy also plans to raise tuition to $600,000 per semester.
On his plans for an afternoon in Boston: “I’m going to sneak into Fenway and steal a hunk of sod … I’m going to deep-fry it and eat it. And I’m going to go nightclubbing with Big Papi. Oh! And shopping on Newbury Street!”
And finally, his best advice for an aspiring journalist: “Well, of course you have to report the facts. Unless it’s too hard to find the facts — then, just make something up. It really is about hygiene; make sure you condition your hair at least three times a week, use a leave-in conditioner if you can. I think it’s time for the gals and the men to start wearing perfumes and colognes. And don’t be afraid to be stylish in front of the camera.”