Ferrell and Rudd trade comedy for sinister in “The Shrink Next Door”


LONDON, Nov. 8 (Reuters) – Best known for his laugh-out-loud movies, actor and comedian Will Ferrell has found it “liberating” to embark on “The Shrink Next Door”, a dark comedy about the relationship between a psychiatrist manipulator and his patient.

Based on a podcast of the same name, the Apple TV + miniseries chronicles how for 30 years, Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf took over the life of patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz, living in his home, becoming president of his family business. tissues and cutting it from his sister.

Inspired by real events, Ferrell plays Marty, reuniting with his “Anchorman” actor Paul Rudd, who plays Dr. Ike.

“It was sad,” Ferrell told Reuters, referring to the theme of the drama. “It was (something) that really drew Paul and myself to the project, it was a chance to stretch that way.”

“Although it was a challenge at the same time, it was very liberating to be able to do something so drastically different from anything I have done in the past. could you contain yourself and play something smaller and very believable and real? ‘ And actually, I really enjoyed it. “

When Marty has a panic attack while visiting a client, his sister Phyllis, played by Kathryn Hahn, suggests that he see a psychiatrist.

Dr. Ike soon played a growing role in Marty’s pleasurable life, becoming in the latter’s words his “psychiatrist, business partner, best friend.”

Actor Paul Rudd poses for a portrait during the promotion of the film “Ant-Man and the Wasp” in Pasadena, California, United States on June 24, 2018. Photo taken on June 24, 2018. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

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“What was exciting about playing someone I know that people don’t necessarily like, certainly in this story, (it was) for me to try to find the parts of a character that make them human,” empathetic and scheming, ”Rudd said.

“No one is really just one thing. There are a lot of nuances and a lot of complexity in human behavior and why we do the things we do.”

Ferrell and Hahn both met Marty and Phyllis in real life to prepare for their roles.

“She really helped me find an essence and also an ethical pole star, because I was having such a hard time figuring out how to find forgiveness for my brother if he had left me for 30 years,” Hahn said.

In April, the New York State Department of Health said Herschkopf, who was quoted as saying Markowitz had acted freely, guilty of professional misconduct and ordered him to surrender his license.

“The Shrink Next Door” premieres on Friday.

Editing by Gareth Jones

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