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12/19/2013 11:34 am ET

Christina Applegate Shows Off Mandolin Skills In Lost 'Anchorman 2' Moment

Think of it as a deleted scene from "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues." On Wednesday's edition of "The Tonight Show" Christina Applegate told host Jay Leno that she spent a ton of time learning how to play the mandolin for the comedy sequel, only to have the scene cut from the film. When Leno offered her the chance to show off her skills, Applegate jumped at the opportunity.

Even better, she slipped into her "Anchorman" character, Veronica Corningstone, to do it. "This is how I sang it," Applegate said before breaking into a short and very strange ditty about "police and thieves in the street." While she slipped easily into Veronica this time, Applegate admitted to HitFix that it wasn't easy for the film itself. The original "Anchorman" was released in 2004, so she had trouble finding her character after such a long time had passed. "Then I realized, Veronica had changed so drastically. She's a mom now," Applegate said. "She's successful. So her MO is different.”

"Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" is in theaters now. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EST on NBC.

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