"One of the biggest changes for Ron Burgundy in Anchorman 2 is that this is 1979 moving into 1980. If you think about the framework, 1977 is when Saturday Night Fever came out and 1980 is when Ronald Reagan became president. So for me, it was this interesting fine line. One of the things that was popularized by Saturday Night Fever was John Travolta’s famous white three-piece suit. I really wanted to transition Ron by changing his suit, making it much slimmer and also giving him a vest, so [he wears] three-piece suits, a la John Travolta and the men of that time."
Matheson also reveals a little bit about what Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) has been up to since the end of the original:
"Brian has become a glamorous fashion cat photographer… and I knew I had to up the ante. I put him in some custom-made white wool pants, a white Gucci belt and an extremely vibrant floral-print pullover shirt. The minute that happened, I knew that every outfit needed to be just as fabulous."
A fashion cat photographer? Might that be a nod to Fantana's cologne of choice, Sex Panther?
Along with the interview, EW posted the below photo of the main characters. Where did they get those clothes from? Certainly not the Toilet Store.
Anchorman: The Legend Continues sees Christina Applegate (Veronica Corningstone), Fred Willard (Ed Harken), Chris Parnell (Garth Holladay), Luke Wilson (Frank Vitchard), Vince Vaughn (Wes Mantooth) and Ben Stiller (Arturo Mendez) returning to the cast alongside new additions Harrison Ford, Kristen Wiig, Dylan Baker, Greg Kinnear and Meagan Good. A host of celebrity cameos are also expected, with the likes of Jim Carrey, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kirsten Dunst, Tina Fey, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson, Amy Poehler, John C. Reilly, Will Smith and Kanye West all said to feature.
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Anchorman: The Legend Continues is scheduled for release on December 20th.