Zach Galifianakis Insults Many Celebrities in the Trailer for 'Between Two Ferns: The Movie'

The satirical web talk show is being turned into a Netflix movie, complete with Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, Brie Larson and Keanu Reeves.
Sarah Ward
Published on September 04, 2019

The premise of Between Two Ferns couldn't be more simple. Zach Galifianakis interviews other famous folks, all while sitting in the middle of two leafy plants. Staged to look like a no-budget community television show, it's purposefully silly and surreal, whether Galifianakis is nattering with Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

Starting off as a short film, then becoming one of Funny or Die's hit webseries over the past decade, the wholly improvised show satirises the Hollywood publicity machine by making fun of the polished promotional chats that are so common whenever a big star has a new movie or TV series to plug. In its latest incarnation, Between Two Ferns will jump on another trend, turning its anarchic antics into a Netflix film.

If you're wondering just how the Between Two Ferns concept can sustain a whole movie, there's a story to go with it. Embarrassed by the viral mockery he received when Will Ferrell uploaded his original series, Galifianakis — well, the show's version of Galifianakis — tries to track down a heap of celebrities in attempt to restore his reputation. That involves hitting the road, sitting down with everyone from Paul Rudd to Keanu Reeves and Tessa Thompson, and even momentarily killing Matthew McConaughey. Calling Jon Hamm an idiot and getting propositioned by Chrissy Teigen are also on the agenda.

The list of high-profile figures making an appearance goes on — and includes Brie Larson, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Letterman, Adam Scott, John Cho, Chance the Rapper and Rashida Jones.

Based on the just-dropped trailer, all of the above folks are in for a rather ridiculous experience — as are Netflix viewers, too.

Check out the trailer below:

Between Two Ferns: The Movie hits Netflix on September 20.

Image: Adam Rose.

Published on September 04, 2019 by Sarah Ward
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