“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”

A six-word pitch (“Will Ferrell as a NASCAR driver”) netted a $42.5M budget for the Old School/Anchorman duo of Adam McKay and Ferrell. The film grossed $47M in its first week and went on to make $163M worldwide. ESPN.com’s piece provides lots of interesting behind-the-scenes nuggets such as the boys rough day at racing school and the cooperative relationship with NASCAR.

‘Talladega Nights’ still crazy after all these years

ESPN.com, 8.4.16