NEW ROLE NOT QUITE SO EVIL

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Af­ter play­ing a char­ac­ter that was pure evil for four years, Danny McBride was re­lieved to take on one that was only half de­ranged. It was in the mem­o­rable se­ries East­bound And Down that the ac­tor, co­me­dian and writer em­bod­ied the self­ish and bor­der­line psy­chotic Kenny Pow­ers.

While there are a few sim­i­lar­i­ties with his lat­est in­ven­tion, McBride in­sists Neal Gamby in new US com­edy se­ries Vice Prin­ci­pals has a soft side … among his dark traits.

“To be on a set (for East­bound And Down) where you’re con­stantly yelling at other ac­tors, even if it’s all a joke, at the end of the day you’re like, I’m tired of be­ing a jerk,” McBride ex­plains.

Gamby is a school ad­min­is­tra­tor in­tent on se­cur­ing the newly va­cant top job at North Jack­son High. Fel­low vice prin­ci­pal Lee Rus­sell (Wal­ton Gog­gins), his ri­val, is also in the run­ning.

But both are shocked when out­sider Dr Belinda Brown nabs it, forc­ing them to unite to take her down.

“Where it goes by the end of this thing is such a strange, dark, dra­matic and weird story, I don’t think any­one would be able to guess where this is go­ing from where it starts,” McBride says.

VICE PRIN­CI­PALS, THE COM­EDY CHAN­NEL, MON­DAY, 8.30PM

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