With all the brand new remake movies making their debuts in theaters and incomes [false] reward or wretched critiques, there’s nonetheless one I’m glad to report is standing robust and prevented a remake [fail]: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. We, Jalopnik, celebrated the movie’s candy 16 birthday with just a little tribute (and I had a tiny existential disaster for the remainder of the day). Within the following weeks, I’ve come throughout just a few gems associated to the comedy or coinciding with it, together with the one we’re speaking about right this moment.
In the course of the promotional press rounds and obligations for Talladega Nights, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, had been introduced on as friends for the famed Larry King Stay on CNN. However the actors weren’t there as themselves. No, they appeared as Ricky Bobby and his greatest pal, Cal Naughton, Jr. Already, it’s an odd setup, and it proceeds to get higher from there.
King goes on to ask Bobby (Farrell) concerning the problem he points to drivers in Talladega Nights, and proceeds to play a response from Dale Earnhardt Jr., taken on the movie’s premiere, the place he calls Bobby a “fruitcake” and that everybody noticed his psychological breakdown coming. Earnhardt Jr. calls in to the present later to roast Bobby. King additionally takes a name from the King, Richard Petty.
I can’t inform if it’s totally scripted, but it surely seems to be an ideal 45 minutes of improvisation from the comedy duo, asking about what they’d do in politics, and a horrible joke between Iraq and an IROC, all wrapped round teaser scenes from the movie for the precise promotion. It’s good.
Though I by no means need to see this movie ever remade, I’d like to see an older Bobby and Naughton Jr. take again to the observe, or do retirement racing in IMSA or one thing.