Zach Galifianakis straight-up culturally defining Funny or Die Sketch Between Two Ferns is copping a full-length feature film treatment, and while that statement alone raises many questions, the official trailer raises just one – Why has it taken so long for this to become a thing?
What was originally a simple format of Galifianakis and a celebrity guest literally sitting between two ferns while the Hang Over break out star reels off dry, cruel, mean and hilarious questions has been blown up into a 90-minute unholy hybrid of drama, comedy and celebrity interview. The narrative appears to gravitate around Matthew McConaughey nearly being killed by Galifianakis during an ill-fated Between Two Ferns shoot.
Here is the actual, official synopsis thanks to Collider:
Zach Galifianakis dreamed of becoming a star. But when Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show “Between Two Ferns” and uploaded it to Funny Or Die, Zach became a viral laughing stock. Now Zach and his crew are taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation. Directed by Scott Aukerman, and produced by Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Caitlin Daley, and Aukerman and Galifianakis, BETWEEN TWO FERNS: THE MOVIE is a laugh-out-loud comedy that gives new insight into the curmudgeonly, beloved outsider Zach Galifianakis has created over the years.
Per the trailer, that seems to be the only plot device, with the rest being a smorgasbord of wild moments confined between two ferns. Surely, surely that won’t upset any fans of the original web series and if it does, I’d love to know what they envisioned when word first came of a Between Two Ferns movie.
The film is set to feature a head spinning amount of top shelf creamy celeb goodness including Peter Dinklage, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Keanu Reeves, Chance the Rapper *takes breathe* Adam Scott, Brie Larson, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones and even more.
In fact, going through the list of featured guests, it’s pretty clear why it took so long for this idea to take flight: the scheduling would have been absolutely fucked.
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The film will go straight to Netflix on Friday, 20th September