Ron Burgundy shows his hate for Canada

Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) waves to the crowd at the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Winnipeg,...

Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) waves to the crowd at the Canadian Olympic Curling Trials in Winnipeg, Man. Sunday December 01, 2013. (Brian Donogh, QMI Agency)

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Ron Burgundy: curling prodigy, Rob Ford superfan and... Canada hater?

When actor Will Ferrell brought his legendary anchorman alter-ego north of the border this week, little did we realize San Diego's classiest newsman harbours a deep disdain for our nation.

"Oh yes! You're the first one to bring this up! I was waiting for everyone to talk about this," Ferrell said Monday in Toronto, his latest stop on a globe-hopping tour to promote Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, opening in theatres Dec. 18.

In his new faux-autobiography Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life and Other Musings, the manicured and moustachioed Burgundy - a creation of Ferrell and Anchorman director Adam McKay - writes extensively about "the insufferable boredom" of visiting Canada.

"Your whole body begins to physically decay. The spiritual life drains out of you," Burgundy writes. "The prospect of death seems like a better alternative than being in Toronto or Vancouver. I usually start drinking, which is what the whole country does."

Ferrell laughs and clarifies that Ron Burgundy doesn't hate Canadians, just Canada itself. "It's an example of Ron's sometimes xenophobic view of the rest of the world, and how bullishly proud he is of being an American."

And during his visit to Winnipeg on the weekend to take part in coverage of the Canadian Olympic curling trials on TSN, "people were so sweet and kind of awestruck that Ron was there," Ferrell said.

He even got a quick primer from Team Ontario skip Glenn Howard on how to throw a rock.

"I did one throw and made it into the blue part of the ring," Ferrell said. "And (Howard) was like, 'Honestly, I've never seen that before.' So I've got some hidden talent."

It's all part of the outside-of-the-box media blitz for Anchorman 2, which also included Ferrell co-anchoring a local newscast in Bismarck, North Dakota, on the weekend. Clips of the newscast have predictably gone viral on YouTube.

"I had that idea from the beginning, if we were able to convince a local station to literally allow Ron to be part of a newscast, how funny would that be," Ferrell said. "We had them sworn to secrecy."

Ferrell had no plans to connect with Mayor Rob Ford during his stop in Toronto, despite Ron Burgundy's deep admiration for the city's crack-smoking top politician. On a recent appearance on Conan, Ferrell, as Burgundy, announced that he was joining Ford's re-election campaign, then proceeded to belt out the campaign's theme song, Loverboy's Working for the Weekend.

"I just thought it would be funny that (Ford) is Ron's good friend and Ron's oblivious to anything that's happening."

He vividly recalls meeting the mayor in 2012, though, when Ferrell and pal Zach Galifianakis were in Toronto to promote the political comedy The Campaign at the city's Hockey Hall of Fame.

"He was there and he introduced us. And I said, 'Thanks everyone, how about a round a nice round of applause for your mayor, Rob Ford!' It was literally like two people clapping," said Ferrell.

"And I just started laughing and said, 'That was horrible! That's not a good reception for you, is it?' And he kind of laughed. And here we are now."


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