Weeks after Kanye West heated up the Internet courtesy of paparazzi spotting him on-set of the upcoming Anchorman: The Legend Continues flick, the movie’s director has come forward to address the hype.
According to director Adam McKay, Ye lived up and went beyond his own expectations.
“He was great, and he was funny. He came up with a couple good lines on his own,” McKay said. “We did our usual style of do the written line, and then I would throw out alternate lines and we’d improvise. He was completely cool and game.” The rapper apparently went above and beyond for his role, showing up for additional scenes, even when he didn’t have lines. “He even showed up for an extra quarter of a day where he had no speaking lines,” McKay said. “He was just kind of in the group fight sequence, and he was having so much fun that he came back to do that.” (MTV)
He also reacted to the fact paparazzi stole some light by leaking on-set photos to the world.
“I think we all know that, in this day and age, you can only cover stuff up so much, unless you’re shooting in Venezuela or whatever. It’s going to happen. The only thing that I would wish is that when they would reveal cameos and stuff that they would do a spoiler alert up top. I understand that’s what these websites do. That’s what the paparazzi do. It’s not surprising to us at all,” McKay said. “On the other hand, it’s also a good thing. It’s a good thing that people care that much. No one was hiding in the bushes when we were shooting ‘Talladega Nights’ to see if Sacha Baron Cohen was on set. That wasn’t happening at all, so it’s a very good sign that people are that excited.” (MTV)
Around mid-May, Young Money’s Drake was spotted donning an afro and thick sideburns on-set of the new flick.
Drake started from the bottom and now he’s in “Anchorman 2.” The Canadian rap star was spotted on the set of “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” on Saturday afternoon in New York. Drake, who famously appeared on “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” joins fellow hip-hop icon Kanye West in the cameo-heavy “Anchorman” sequel. West was photographed on the film’s Atlanta set on May 10. (Huffington Post)
Shots of West and additional cast members like Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and more sprouted online last month.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues is back in Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta, GA today and the cameos will continue, too (rumor has it Vince Vaughn is on set today). According to permits, filming will continue near Park Peachtree St between Marietta St and Auburn Ave (along Woodruff Park) through Monday. Below are a few more pictures from Wednesday’s shoot, including new photos of Kanye West, Paul Rudd, John C. Reilly, Steve Carell, and Jim Carrey thanks to @Live1DNews. (On Location Vacations)
Anchorman: The Legend Continues premiered December 20th.