The video opens with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay sitting next to each other in an office. The original version of The Landlord video plays in an inset box the lower right-hand corner of the screen.
Adam McKay: This is Adam McKay.
Will Ferrell: I’m Will Ferrell and this is our commentary on The Landlord Video.
The video shifts so the original video takes up the majority of the screen and Adam McKay and Will Farrell in the office are reduced to a small, inset box in the upper left-hand corner.
Adam McKay: A lot of people said that we shot this in like 45 minutes behind Will’s house. Not true at all.
Will Ferrell: No. This was actually a 45-day shoot and if something was going to go wrong, it did.
The inset box of Will Ferrell and Adam Mckay remains visible, while the main part of the screen displays the following text: the LANDLORD Criterion Edition. The main part of the screen returns to the original Landlord video.
Adam McKay: It pretty much did. Yeah, without fail. It was a $12 million budget, supposedly. A 45-day shoot. This scene right here…
Will Ferrell points to the main screen where he opens the door to reveal Adam McKay’s daughter)
Will Ferrell: Right here where I open the door, I couldn’t get the door open. There wasn’t a door there to begin with.
Adam McKay: Took three days to shoot that.
Will Ferrell: Started without a doo
Adam McKay: That’s not Pearl (his daughter) right there. That’s an animatronic baby.
Will Ferrell: That was about $6 million of the budget right there.
Adam McKay: Straight up. And this was a tricky thing because I don’t know if anyone’s seen Apocalypse Now, remember Harvey Keitel had a heart attack.
Will Ferrell: Right.
Adam McKay: Will had a heart attack. We had to wrap for nine days.
Will Ferrell: Right here (gesturing toward the larger screen), That was the last shot. The rest here, from this point on…
Adam McKay: Yep, that’s not you.
Will Ferrell: Yeah, that’s not me. That’s an old high school buddy of mine.
Adam McKay: Doug…
Will Ferrell: Doug Frenshaw.
Adam McKay: Doug Frenshaw was brought in. He looks a lot like Will.
Will Ferrell: In fact, Doug and I used to walk around and people thought we were twins and stuff. He filled in and luckily it worked out.
Adam McKay: There was a couple of shots in here where we didn’t use Animatronics Pro, we didn’t use Baby Pro.
Will Ferrell: This is actually a dog.
Adam McKay: Exactly!
Will Ferrell: It’s a dog dressed up in really very realistic prosthetic makeup from Rick Baker.
Adam McKay: That’s right. The very talented Rick Baker.
Will Ferrell: He flew in and made that dog look realistic.
Adam McKay: And we had issues with that dog too. Turns out it was not a dog from this country. It was one of those Egyptian Horowitz cats, but a dog version of it, and there was diseases. Anyway. This was a classic moment right here, “I want my money.”
Will Ferrell: I want my money.
Adam McKay: That line was actually written by, what’s his name, Steve Gaghan: the guy who did Traffic. We had to job him in on this. We got lost on that. We had to shut down, once again, for four days. He went into his trailer and wrote and wrote and wrote and came up with, “I want my money.” And few people know that this whole location, the whole room itself, was on the old oil tank they used for The Abyss. Oh, this is the walk away.
Will Ferrell: This is a bottle of ginger beer.
Adam McKay: Yeah, gingerale.
Will Ferrell: I put a little bit of acid in there.
Adam McKay: I didn’t know that.
Will Ferrell: Yeah.
Adam McKay: Well, you can’t tell when babies are tripping. And that’s Funny or die. That’s the end of it.
Will Ferrell: Well, thank you for watching. Thank you for coming onto the website and enjoying something that, gosh, what do you say?
Adam McKay: It’s brought us a lot of joy and a lot of happiness. It’s fun when you can do things that bring other people joy and happiness. I don’t know. I don’t like to get too emotional.
Will Ferrell: No, you don’t, but it’s an emotional thing to talk about and is that wrong? To feel emotional?
Adam McKay: I don’t think so. And I think is it wrong to, I think sometime people elevate celebrities and stuff. In Will’s case, I’m going to say that the joy this has brought people makes him a great spiritual leader almost on part with the Dalai Lama and the Pope. As I finished that, I realized it’s too much, so I’m going to back off.
Will Ferrell: And, yet, I don’t think, when it hit my ear, it felt just right.
Adam McKay: Yeah.
Will Ferrell: I don’t think it is gross.
Adam McKay: Okay.
Will Ferrell: The other night, someone yelled out, “Will, you’re my hero,” and I stopped and I’m like, “I am his hero.”
Adam McKay: Yeah.
Will Ferrell: And I am a hero.
Adam McKay: I remember. I saw that.
Will Ferrell: Yeah, and I’m like, I might be a hero to the world.
Adam McKay: You went on a weird kind of ego-tornado off of that. Yeah.
Will Ferrell: And I immediately took out about $20,000 in cash and stuffed a pillowcase full of it and slept on it.
Adam McKay: Yeah, um, anyway. Thanks for The Landlord. It’s been a lot of fun. It’s us goofing around with my daughter and we just had a lot of fun. It’s cool to see that people liked it. 50 million. Damn.
Will Ferrell: You should pat yourself on the back, because I know we do.