Fun Fact: Tina Fey Was Almost Cast in ‘Anchorman’ as Veronica Corningstone
‘Anchorman: The Legend Continues‘ may be assembling a murderer’s row of talent for its comedic ensemble, but there is one name noticeably missing: Tina Fey, of course! Although the ‘Saturday Night Live‘ and ‘30 Rock‘ star/genius doesn’t appear to be in the cast for the upcoming Will Ferrell comedy epic, it’s far too early to place any bets, especially since there’s going to be cameos galore.
However, a recent interview has revealed that Fey almost starred in the first ‘Anchorman’ film instead of Christina Applegate.
Speaking with Paul Rudd on an episode of Moviefone’s “Unscripted,” Fey revealed that she auditioned for the role of Veronica Corningstone, the part that ultimately went to Christina Applegate. Although Applegate killed in the role, it’s easy to see how effortlessly Fey would’ve been able to slip into the role. After all, she had already played the role of feminist news anchor for years as part of SNL’s Weekend Update and had worked with Ferrell for long enough to gel with his particular comedy style.
So, until Fey somehow pops up in ‘Anchorman: The Legend Continues’ (she jokingly suggests that she’s great for the part of a woman who loses a wild bobcat in the building), comedy fans can store this little piece of trivia away and think about what could have been.
The long-awaited sequel to ‘Anchorman’ opens on December 20th and stars Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, Harrison Ford, James Marsden and everyone else in the world.