It's not fake news — Will Ferrell sees a key similarity between the classic TV journalist he played in "Anchorman" and President Trump.
"Ron Burgundy is kind of like Donald Trump in a way," Ferrell told the Daily News. "He can say whatever he wants and it's, 'No, that's true.' Even though Ron's not evil, really."
Memorably, Ferrell's portrayal of the bullish Burgundy in "Anchorman" included him making numerous bold, untrue proclamations, such as him suggesting the meaning of diversity is "an old, old wooden ship that was used during the Civil War era."
Burgundy is one of many unforgettable roles Ferrell has taken on over the years, and the comedian says the over-the-top San Diego news anchor is his favorite of them all.
"If I had to boil it down to one character, and I only get to talk about one, it probably would be Ron Burgundy, because in the kind of revisionist history of that movie, that took us forever for anyone to green light," Ferrell said. "They just didn't understand what would be funny about guys in a newsroom."
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Comedian Will Ferrell sings as he delivers the commencement address at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 12, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Actor Will Ferrell and Viveca Paulin arrive for the state dinner in honor of the Nordic Summit at the White House in Washington, May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert
Actor Will Ferrell performs during the American Film Institute's (AFI) 44th Life Achievement Award honoring composer John Williams at Dolby theatre in Hollywood, California U.S., June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Actor Will Ferrell (L) and Viveca Paulin Ferrell pose at LACMA's 50th anniversary gala in Los Angeles, California, April 18, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Comedian Will Ferrell is presented with an honorary doctoral degree by USC President C. L. Max Nikias before delivering the commencement address at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 12, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Actor Will Ferrell poses after his star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California March 24, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Comedian Will Ferrell shakes hands with USC President C. L. Max Nikias after delivering the commencement address at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California, U.S., May 12, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon
Comedian Will Ferrell arrives for the GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in London, Britain September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Mar 12, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Film actor Will Ferrell plays third base coach for the Chicago Cubs during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Will Ferrell performs onstage during Full Frontal With Samantha Bee's Not The White House Correspondents' Dinner at DAR Constitution Hall on April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TBS)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 14: Actor Will Ferrell takes in batting practice before an MLB game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 14, 2017, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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The film — which came out in 2004 and also starred Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner as members of the Channel 4 news team — is now a widely revered classic, but Ferrell recalls it drawing reviews from both sides of the spectrum early on.
"There was a huge struggle to get it made. We felt like 'Oh my God, what are we doing? We're making this movie that's going to be so out there.' And sure enough, it was received with kind of mixed feelings," Ferrell said. "I had a friend who told me he and his wife and another couple went to see it on opening weekend, and the other couple left in the middle of the movie and just said, 'This is weird, I don't get.'"
The film overcame that initial scrutiny, however, and became popular enough to warrant a sequel, "Anchorman 2," which premiered in 2013.
Another highly memorable role for Ferrell is his impersonation of President George W. Bush, which dates back to his "Saturday Night Live" days and has often been reprised over the years.
Ferrell, 50, brought the character back this past April at Samantha Bee's "Not The White House Correspondent's Dinner" special, where he weaved in several jokes at the current President's expense.
"Here's a fashion update for you Mr. Trump — the tie stops at the belt," Ferrell quipped during the Bush impersonation.
Ferrell revives another character in his latest movie "Daddy's Home 2," as he returns as Brad Whitaker, the overly earnest step-father to Mark Wahlberg's character Dusty Mayron's three children.
The new film, which centers on Brad's father (played by John Lithgow) and Dusty's father (Mel Gibson) coming to town for the holidays, hits theaters on Nov. 10.