Ferrell 'astounded' at Dublin premiere

Published Tuesday, 10 December 2013
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Hollywood star Will Ferrell said he was "astounded" at the number of people who turned out for the Irish premiere of Anchorman 2 in Dublin on Monday.

Ferrell 'astounded' at Dublin premiere
Will Ferrell on the red carpet at the Irish premiere of Anchorman 2. (© PA)

The stars of the much anticipated sequel arrived on the red carpet in O'Connell Street to greet their fans and talk about the new movie.

Ferrell admitted he thought around 50 people would show up for their arrival and could not believe that hundreds lined the street to greet the stars.

"It's been fantastic," he said, as he headed into the packed Savoy Cinema.

The comedian and the rest of the film cast sampled some of the Irish capital's best Guinness at popular pub Toner's before the premiere.

"I just had a half pint," he insisted.

Ferrell, who is best known for his role as anchorman Ron Burgundy in the blockbuster films about San Diego's top news team, said it was great to reprise the part.

"We obviously had a great time being back together and recreating, bringing those characters back to life," he said.

And the comic star pledged to go "skinny dipping" in the Liffey during his time in the city.

"Right about 1am in the morning, if you have the courage to do it, join us," he added.

Ferrell was joined on the red carpet by his fellow cast members Paul Rudd and Steve Carell.

Rudd, who plays man-on-the-street reporter Brian Fantana in the Anchorman films, joked the Irish authorities would not allow him to bring his character's potent Sex Panther Cologne into the country.

"It has been outlawed by most governments," said Rudd.

"It really is probably for the safety of most citizens."

The Office US star Carell revealed this was his first time on the Emerald Isle.

"We've been here about 10 hours, it's the first time I've ever been to Ireland and so far so lovely," he said. "People have been really nice."

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