Will Ferrell’s round-the-clock promotional tour for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is raising some interesting temporal paradoxes. Each of these appearances is taking place in the year 2013 (obviously), but Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy character appears unchanged from the way he appears in both Anchorman films, both of which take place more than 30 years in the past.
What’s going on here? Is Ron Burgundy traveling to our era through some sort of time machine or wormhole? Or is he just aging spectacularly well?
These questions become even more complex when you consider “Ride Like the Wind,” Burgundy’s duet with Robin Thicke on the Anchorman 2 soundtrack. By its retro production, it’s clear we’re meant to believe the song was recorded in the late ’70s, the same time period of the film. But Robin Thicke was born in 1977, and the Robin Thicke that sings lead in “Ride Like the Wind” is not a baby. Instead of Rob Burgundy going forward in time, did Robin Thicke perhaps go back? Or is the Robin Thicke that appears on the soundtrack more of a “Robin Thicke,” a fictional character who happened to be born 30-odd years before the real-world version?
Ponder these questions while you listen to the song above. Who do you think it sounds the most like? (We’re hearing a lot of Hall and Oates.)
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