Will Ferrell gets into character

Will Ferrell is a really nice guy. Looked me in the eyes during our introduction a couple of weeks ago at the Ritz, delivered a solid handshake. Enough to unnerve a lesser civilian. But after a playfully simple opening question, we were off and running in a discussion to promote Talladega Nights. So, is there a real-life RB that the fictional Ricky Bobby and Ron Burgandy are both based on? "Maybe we have to think of another RB if we’re going to continue these movies," Ferrell said. "No. It just happened. You’re giving us way too much credit. We’re not that smart." Any similarity, though, in how you developed both characters? On Anchorman, he said, "I was watching this documentary on this guy — former newscaster who worked with Jessica Savitch. And I heard him kinda talk, and that kinda set me off. Plus, just listening to all newscasters talk. Truth is with Ricky Bobby, it definitely wasn’t…I didn’t watch interviews with race-car drivers, but we knew we wanted him to be kind of Southern. I didn’t have any sort of blueprint for him. Other than, as we started writing, within our writing, we usually, Adam (McKay) and I improvise our scenes…we actually sit there and play the characters and say, ‘Oh, wait. What’d we say? Write that down!’ In that case, Anchorman, I kind of had him more...

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