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We've mentioned the scene where Ricky’s dad tries to get him to overcome his fear by driving with a live cougar in the car. Did you work with an animal trainer to become at one with the cougar?
"No. We used CGI. Ha ha. Do you really believe I’m stupid enough to get into a car with a live cougar? I suppose you think that I really fought those bears in Anchorman, too…"
We’ve all seen Grizzly Man...
"Actually, we were there. Those bears were real – not CGI. We were definitely right there, a few feet away from real, live bears."
"Exactly. There was a moment where one of them charged Christina Applegate and I remember saying to Adam, “If we ever work with animals again, let’s not risk our lives.” I’d love to lie to you, but the cougar thing was a camera trick."
The spell’s broken now. We imaged you as a kind of fearless, Siegfried and Roy-type figure...
"Ha ha. ‘The Big-Game Cat Whisperer’…"