Ron Burgundy film is second, but RV first in yuks

05:00 AM, Dec 23, 2013

Jesus and Ron Burgundy share the side of this old RV Paramount/


Written By by Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY

Ron Burgundy, of Dodge Durango TV and online ad fame, finished the weekend in second place in the box office listings. But that’s not bad considering the competition, and that the Will Ferrell comedy, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, may be considered one of the top driving movies of the year.

Yes, driving. The absurdist comedy features bowling balls, scorpions and really bad driving, especially when it comes to a vintage motor home that rolls over.

But getting what looks to be an old General Motors RV to actually perform the needed rollover was a monumental task.

While Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner had a great time yukking it up, pretending to roll in the crash against a green screen background.

Writer-director McKay has called it “a giant pain in the ass” to get the scene for the scene he and Ferrell wrote at two in the morning. It ended up taking three days to shoot.

But McKay had his hands full with the real exterior shots of the dramatic rollover crash.

He hired one of the best Hollywood stuntmen going and three old RVs to make sure he got the shot. But the trailer just wouldn’t perform the shot.

It’s insane, there’s no way we could get it to roll,” says McKay. “It’s just such an oddly shaped vehicle.”“We really had to find the right angle to do it,” he adds. “We did three tries, and we finally got the roll and the shot we needed on the last one. Thank God.”