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Will Ferrell Revealed Meryl Streep Wanted to Cameo in “Anchorman” Sequel via Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
via Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

As anyone who saw the sequel can confirm, Meryl Streep is definitely not in  Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. But — the word on the street is, anyway — it wasn’t for lack of trying.

How The Rumor That Meryl Streep Was Going to Cameo in Anchorman 2 Got Started

As many may remember from back before Anchorman 2 was released, rumors were swirling that the Oscar-winning actress had hoped to cameo in the comedy. In an interview with Shortlist, Steve Carell revealed “Meryl Streep told me she was a huge Anchorman fan and she’d love to have a cameo in the sequel. That could be really funny. There are going to be plenty of great cameos in this movie.”

So, naturally, we all were certain this meant we’d see the Hollywood legend make an appearance in the Anchorman sequel. But Steve Carrel later quashed rumors that his Hope Springs co-star would be in the film. “I jokingly said, ‘You should be in it,'” the actor told a reporter from E! Online. “Meryl said, ‘Could you imagine?’ And it was just that.”

Will Ferrell Confirms Rumors

So obviously, Meryll Streep did not make a cameo appearance in Anchorman 2. Directed by Adam McKay, the sequel to the Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy starred Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy along with cast members Paul Rudd (who played Brian Fantana), Steve Carell (Brick Tamland), David Koechner (Champ Kind), Christina Applegate (Veronica Corningstone), Kristen Wiig (Chani Lastnamé), and Harrison Ford (Mack Tannen).

But not too long after the sequel was released, Will Ferrell confirmed that Streep actually had hoped to be in the film. “We got it on good authority that she wanted to be in the movie, but when we sussed it out it couldn’t happen for one reason or another,” the Step Brothers star told  E! Online reporters. He joked, “It might have been we threw her the part and she was like, ‘Is that it? I don’t want to do that!’ That just made us laugh to think of her being in it or even considering it.”

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Perhaps the Oscar winner will finally make an appearance in a third film. When asked if Paramount Pictures might produce a third Anchorman, Ferrell said, “I’m sure they would. But I don’t know. We just want to see what happens with this one and we’ll sit down and access all of that. Right now, we’re just enjoying this journey.”

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A lover, fighter, and freelance writer, María Cristina hunts down buzzworthy stories by day and trains to be a championship kickboxer by night. As a full-time digital nomad, she's lived everywhere from Chicago to Mexico City to Medellín to Bali -- but Austin, Texas will always be home.
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