The much anticipated (and critically bewildering) sequel to 2004's Anchorman was released in 2013. Starring Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was filmed partially in Atlanta. The elaborate fight scene among the various news agencies was filmed in downtown Atlanta's Woodruff Park.
Nestled among historic buildings, famous streets, and the campus of Georgia State University, Woodruff Park is a beautiful gathering place for students, businesspeople, the homeless, and panhandlers.
In the center of the park is an expanse of grassy flatland where the large majority of Anchorman 2's fight scene was filmed. It is usually dotted with people lounging, but was roped off on the day I took these photos (so the grass can rest).
On the Peachtree Street side of the Park, Anatolia Cafe & Hookah Lounge is one of the very few businesses clearly identifiable in the background of the fight scene. It is also at the base of The Muses Loft Building, pictured later in this post.
Surrounding the grassy area of the park are several designated spaces for gathering and relaxing. The atrium occasionally houses musical ensembles during the weekday lunch hour, and on other days shelters a giant chess set available to anyone up for the challenge.
Next to the atrium is the Phoenix statue, donated by the Rich Foundation in 1969, representing Atlanta's resurrection from the ashes of the American Civil War. This statue is but one of the many mystifying historic landmarks in Atlanta that commemorates the devastating defeat of The South. The Phoenix statue is a reminder that some people - probably not the predominantly Black population in Atlanta, but some people - still actually believe that the Old South will "rise again." Add to that the weird positioning of the phoenix looking like it's about to shit on a topless woman's face, and the whole thing is simply awkward.
On the other side of the grassy field is The Woodruff Park Reading Room. It is sort of an outdoor branch of a library, offering magazines, books, tables, and chairs to anyone with the time and inclination to escape reality for a little while. It is one of my favorite things about the entire city.
Across from the outdoor reading room is the largest of several water features in the park. On the rare occasions it freezes, the unmoving wall of water looks pretty cool. This photo was taken in the spring, though, so it's intended beauty is all that is available at this time. When summer comes around, this is one of the places you will likely find children playing and cooling off in the water.
In front of the fountain is a stop for the new and hotly contested Atlanta Streetcar. It is a public transportation option that links the widely spaced train stations throughout downtown, making it easier for tourists to get around. At one time, it was rumored the Streetcar would cost upwards of $10 to ride, but given it's novelty and most people's reluctance to use it, there is no fare at all through the end of 2015.
Across Peachtree Street from the park is the Flatiron Building. It can be seen just before three of the movie's greatest lines: 1. "Who are you wearing? Oh, look, it's YOUR OWN BLOOD," 2. "Today's celebrity deaths, ALL YOU DICKLICKS," and 3. "I like to cunt-punt cowboys!"
It is also where El Trousias (The Juiciest), Maiden of the Clouds, stands as she blows her battle horn, signifying the official beginning of the fight. Fun fact: I personally have almost been hit by cars several times in front of this building.
The Muses Building is next to the Flatiron Building, and is currently a block of loft apartments. The MTV News crew can be seen in the movie using the top of the building as a vantage point.
Although Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues did not fare well in the eyes of the general public (who really are a bunch of idiots anyway), the ambiance of Woodruff Park more than compensates for the lack of the film's critical acclaim.
Let me know if you have any questions about this Atlanta Proxifan post, and look for my next post, which will cover the Atlanta Mariott Marquis, where scenes from the second and third Hunger Games movies were filmed!