Ron Burgundy is taking his talents from the small screen to the written word. (Paramount Pictures)
Ron Burgundy was put on this earth to have salon quality hair and read the news, but he's also here to write his own autobiography.
That's right, everybody's favorite anchorman has inked a deal with Crown Archetype to publish the story of his life, written by none other than himself, in the masterfully titled "LET ME OFF AT THE TOP!: My Classy Life and Other Musings." And the book drops on Nov. 19 — just enough time to be up-to-speed on Burgundy's life ahead of the Dec. 20 release of the "Anchorman" sequel.
If you don't want to burst your Burgundy bubble, stop reading now. But for the rest of you, alas, Ron Burgundy is a mere fictional character played by Will Ferrell, memorably so in "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," and also in the upcoming sequel.
Burgundy joins a relatively short list of fictional characters who have "written" books. Those include "I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!" by Stuart Smalley (a "Saturday Night Live" character played by comedian/politician Al Franken in the '90s), the "America" series by Stephen Colbert (the ultra conservative pundit played by comedian Stephen Colbert), and "Travels with Pee-wee" by Pee-wee Herman (the comic character played by comedian Paul Reubens). The character Roger Sterling from AMC's "Mad Men" also wrote an autobiography, the brilliantly titled "Sterling's Gold," which has apparently been published (although without any actual input from actor John Slattery).
Though we don't yet know exactly who's the actual voice behind Burgundy's book, for Ferrell, this isn't the first time that his film work has crossed into the literary realm: The 2006 dramedy "Stranger Than Fiction" featured Ferrell's performance as a man realizing that his life is being written as a narrative in real time by a mysterious disembodied voice. Still, he's generally kept his comedic talents in the realm of live performances ... until now.
We can't wait to hear what sordid secrets Ron Burgundy will share in his autobiography. What kind of hairdryer does he use? Where does he get his suits tailored? How is it that he's so good at reading the news? Guess we'll have to wait until November to find out (and then watch the film in December to see what happens next).
"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" opens in theaters on December 20.
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