NEW ROLE NOT QUITE SO EVIL
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