WILL FERRELL would have been surrounded by an entirely different news team in the first "Anchorman", if not for a few casting changes.
JOHN C. REILLY was originally supposed to play the sports guy, Champ Kind. DAVID KOECHNER ended up with the part.
CHRIS PARNELL was going to play weatherman Brick Tamland . . . which is STEVE CARELL'S part.
Parnell went on to play the lesser role of Garth Holiday, which was originally going to be played by DAN AYKROYD.
BEN STILLER was originally lined up to play PAUL RUDD'S part of Brian Fantana. Stiller ended up doing a cameo as the anchor of the Spanish language news in the big news team rumble.
And ED HARRIS was going to play news chief Ed Harken . . . whom FRED WILLARD ended up playing.
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