Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd star as Marty and Dr. Ike in The Shrink Next Door. The highly anticipated limited series is inspired by true events and an original podcast of the same name. The first three episodes premiered globally on Apple TV+ on Friday, November 12. One new episode is being released weekly, every Friday. Ferrell and Rudd both also serve as executive producers on the project.
Inspired by true events and an original podcast of the same name, The Shrink Next Door follows the decades-long manipulation and exploitation by psychiatrist Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Paul Rudd) and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Will Ferrell). Dr. Ike is accompanied by his unsuspecting wife Bonnie Herschkopf (Casey Wilson) and though Marty may be defenseless against Dr. Ike enticing offerings, his hard-headed sister Phyllis (Kathryn Hahn) is not.
Ferrell’s film work include Men Seeking Women, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, A Night at the Roxbury, The Suburbans, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Superstar, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Zoolander, Drowning Mona, The Ladies Man, Old School, Elf, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Melinda and Melinda, Kicking & Screaming, Bewitched, Winter Passing, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Stranger Than Fiction, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Daddy’s Home, Zoolander 2, The House, Daddy’s Home 2, Everything Must Go, The Campaign, Get Hard, Holmes & Watson, Downhill, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro, The Other Guys, Step Brothers, Land of the Lost, Casa de mi Padre, as well as The Producers.
The actor’s notable television appearances include The Office, The Spoils of Babylon, The Spoils Before Dying, No Activity, and Eastbound & Down. He has also lent his voice to characters in The Oblongs, Curious George, Megamind, The Lego Movie, and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
Rudd is best known for his role as Scott Lang / Ant-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the MCU, he can be seen in Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as Avengers: Endgame. Upcoming, his new film Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be released in theaters on November 19 and he stars next in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The actor’s television work includes Friends, Parks and Recreation, Wild Oats, Sisters, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, and Living with Yourself.
Other film credits include Clueless, The Size of Watermelons, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, 200 Cigarettes, Wet Hot American Summer, The Château, The Shape of Things, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, The Object of My Affection, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Diggers, Night at the Museum, The Ten, Knocked Up, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Over Her Dead Body, Dinner for Schmucks, Our Idiot Brother, Wanderlust, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, The Fundamentals of Caring, This Is 40, The Catcher Was a Spy, Ideal Home, Admission, All Is Bright, They Came Together, How Do You Know, P.S., The Cider House Rules, The Locusts, Role Models, Two Days, Prince Avalanche, and I Love You, Man.
I had the honor of speaking with the amazing duo about bringing this different dynamic to life together on screen and the takeaway they hope audiences get from The Shrink Next Door.
Watch my interview below to hear what they told me: