Will Ferrell Says Working With Kanye West On 'Anchorman 2' Meant Listening To A Lot Of 'Yeezus'

Actor and comedian Will Ferrell, who plays TV anchorman Ron Burgundy, stays in character during a news conference at Emerson
Actor and comedian Will Ferrell, who plays TV anchorman Ron Burgundy, stays in character during a news conference at Emerson College in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The school has changed the name of its School of Communication for one day to honor the fictitious television anchorman. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

What's it like to work with Kanye West?

That's one of the million-dollar pop culture questions of 2013, and we've received an answer from an unlikely source: Will Ferrell. The funnyman got to stand in the presence of West's "awesomeness" while filming "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," in which the rapper makes a cameo. When asked during an appearance on ITV's "Jonathan Ross Show" what it was like, Ferrell confirmed that West was on his best typical behavior.

"It was very surreal to have Kanye -- who's such a big fan of comedy -- in our movie hanging out for two days", he said. "He was playing the new tracks a lot -- over and over. Even when you're trying to film, he's playing the tracks."

The "tracks" are the ones that comprise "Yeezus," which was released in June, right around the same time West filmed his cameo for "Anchorman 2." Naturally, the cast and crew were too intimidated to ask West to stop blaring his music on the set.

"We got a scared 18-year-old intern to ask him to turn them down," Ferrell joked before revealing that West lingered around the set after his scenes were finished. "He hung out, even after we said, 'You're done'. He was like, 'no, no' and stayed in the background, hanging out and fighting with people."

Ferrell's questionable sincerity aside, director and co-writer Adam McKay made similar remarks when asked about the matter in June.

"He even showed up for an extra quarter of a day where he had no speaking lines," McKay told MTV. "He was just kind of in the group fight sequence, and he was having so much fun that he came back to do that."

Ferrell and McKay discussed the experience with Rolling Stone earlier this month, revealing that Kim Kardashian spent some time on the set and that West rapped "New Slaves" for them in hopes of soliciting feedback.

"She was there the first day," McKay said of Kardashian, who at the time was a month away from giving birth to North. "She seemed like this totally normal, pretty girl -- not the most-Googled woman on earth."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that "Yeezus" was released in May.

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