Iraq's Camp Anaconda gets exclusive showing of 'Talladega Nights'
Stars and Stripes August 2, 2006
WASHINGTON — Will Ferrell is ready to “streak” across your screen once again — this time, as a NASCAR driver.
For troops stationed at Camp Anaconda, Iraq, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service will have an exclusive screening Friday of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” starring Ferrell.
AAFES couldn’t say exactly how many times the film would be shown at Anaconda, but “there will be at least two showings,” said spokeswoman Jennifer Johnson.
The new film, starring Ferrell in the title role, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ferrell’s fellow “Saturday Night Live” alum Molly Shannon, will be screened for troops Friday, the same date the movie opens nationwide in the United States.
NASCAR sensation Ricky Bobby (Ferrell) is a national hero because of his “win at all costs” approach, according to the Internet Movie Database.
But when flamboyant French Formula One driver Jean Girard (Cohen, better known as “Ali G” from his HBO show) challenges Ferrell and his team for the supremacy of NASCAR, Ricky Bobby must face his own demons and fight Girard for the right to be known as racing’s top driver.
AAFES’ Camp Anaconda Reel Time Theater, which opened March 17, 2004, seats 742 troops and is AAFES’ only 35 mm, air-conditioned movie theater in Iraq.
“Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” is the 10th AAFES special screening of a film on or before the national release date at Camp Anaconda. The last such showing was July 7, when “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” was shown.