So, this is weird: apropos of seemingly nothing outside of Will Ferrell being honored with the Mark Twain Award this week, his fellow “Saturday Night Live” alum Colin Quinn has taken to slamming him on Twitter.
In short, Quinn claims Ferrell stole the concept for “Anchorman” from him — and also that Ferrell had/has a drug problem.
If it’s a joke, it’s too awkward and not outrageous enough to actually be funny.
Regardless, most Twitterers are taking it to heart and ripping Quinn up and down while Quinn calmly retweets their insults and coverage of his remark.
Couple things to consider here, assuming for the moment Quinn is serious in his accusations:
Unless he’s got a WGA-registered outline lying around somewhere — rather than a vague recollection of saying something like “Hey, remember how nuts anchors were in the 70s?” — he’s pretty much screwed when it comes to proving his point.
And if Quinn did come up with the specific idea, why didn’t he speak up when the movie was tearing up the box office?
Better question: Why would Ferrell press on in executing a concept he knew another famous person would be able to claim as his own?
Also — Quinn isn’t saying anything about Adam McKay, who co-wrote and directed “Anchorman” and was the head writer of “SNL” during Quinn’s and Ferrell’s tenure there.
Worst case scenario: Quinn’s just having a crazy, way-late, bitter moment.
Best case scenario: We’ve been hearing rumours of an “Anchorman” sequel for years — maybe Quinn has been promised a part and is pulling a stunt to direct attention to the movie in return.
We’d prefer that solution, because Quinn is a good comedian. He’s not a horrible comic with a bottomed-out career, as many are suggesting because America’s king of comedy has been attacked for the first time ever.
But — if it’s a joke — Quinn will have to explain to us later why the drug thing was funny.
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