John C. Reilly Was Once Slated to Play Brick Tamland in 'Anchorman'

April 26, 2012
Source: MTV

John C. Reilly as Dr. Steve Brule

Since the release of Anchorman, each of the members of the Channel 4 News Team have had their fame skyrocket, with the exception of maybe David Koechner who is a recognizable, regular character actor but not exactly a superstar. But one member was almost not part of the equation as a recent interview with John C. Reilly from MTV reveals that that Step Brothers and Talladega Nights star was originally slated to play Brick Tamland, the weatherman who has an I.Q. of 48 and is what some people call mentally retarded, brought to life by Steve Carell. But that doesn't mean that we won't see the actor in the sequel.

As for his part in the first Anchorman, perhaps we ended up seeing Reilly's take on Brick Tamland after all. Though he's obviously not in Anchorman, Reilly has gone on to play field reporter and medical "expert" Dr. Steve Brule on Adult Swim's "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job," a character which was also given his own spin-off in the form of "Check It Out with Dr. Steve Brule." And if you haven't witnessed that comedic gold just yet, well take a gander at the clip below and then watch every hilarious episode as soon as you can:

Reilly was asked whether or not he'll make it into the recently approved Anchorman sequel (which will deal with the dawn of the 24-hour news cycle), and he simply said "We'll see." He would be a welcome addition to the returning cast of Will Ferrel, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, not to mention presumed returning supporting members Christina Applegate and Vince Vaughn. Of course, there's plenty of other comedic actors who could show up on the news scene. Jonah Hill could play an intern at the station, Jason Segel a rival news anchor, and there's plenty of other possibilities. Any suggestions?

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I'd love to see him as a Dr. Phil type with his Brule character as one of those time fillers we're forced to watch on the 24hr news channels. 

Scotty97 on Apr 26, 2012


I really hope Reilly is in Anchorman 2. He's ridiculously funny

Adam Lubicz on Apr 26, 2012


I hope Reilly gets a role and I hope Ben Stiller returns! As for suggestions I can definitely picture Galifianakis in this, maybe as Brick's even dumber cousin.

Efterklang on Apr 26, 2012


Neil Patrick Harris!!!!!!!!!!

Philly on Apr 26, 2012


I wonder if Rogan will just be a cameraman again.

Dixone19 on Apr 26, 2012


it's already been said above - but i'd  love to see JCR in this too -and NPH would be a great addition.

beevis on Apr 26, 2012


I believe there's an error in this story. I watched the video and Reilly actually says he was supposed to play sports reporter Champ Kind, who was portrayed by David Koechner.

Alexspeaking315 on Apr 26, 2012

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