Opinion
By Séamus Smyth

Ron Burgundy from Channel 4 news announced this past week on CONAN that there will be a sequel to the highly successful “Anchorman: The legend of Ron Burgundy” film. As I watched Burgundy storm through a brilliant flute solo, I couldn’t help but ponder five syllables: Der-ek-Zoo-land-der.

Rumours have been circulating for almost a decade regarding a sequel to this outlandish portrayal of male models in the 2001 satirical classic, “Zoolander.”  It featured Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell all performing at their comedic zenith.

While all three characters were simultaneously bizarre and hysterical, Ferrell’s alter-ego Mugatu, was worthy of his own film based on the hilarity that ensued.

Stiller is in danger of landing in Adam Sandler territory by making predictable, stagnant films that appear completely profit-driven. It is time for him to re-apply at the man-scara, polish a new look and re-ignite the Zoolander ensemble for an unforgettable sequel.

Ferrell also seems to have lost a bit of steam over the past few years, as Seth Rogan begins to clip at his heels for the preferred role of overweight man-child. Yet, one skill or role that Rogan has never dared to attempt is something as creatively absurd as Mugatu.

Mugatu was an eccentric, megalomaniac that was a scene-stealer virtually every moment he performed in “Zoolander.”

Now I am not at all bashing the potential for “Anchorman 2” to be one of the funniest sequels of all time. Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Ferrell are three of the most versatile entertainers in the competitive, comedic league.

But do the three roles of the aforementioned actors have enough issues and idiosyncrasies to battle with the coo-coo birds that were conceived on the Zoolander runway?

“Anchorman 2” will likely either be a raging success or a colossal failure. Meanwhile, die-hard Zoolander fans will be left to wonder how Derek’s “School for Children who can’t read good” has progressed since its inception.

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