Is Danny McBride the funniest man in the US? Tara Brady finds out,
To his fans, Danny McBride is the funniest man in the US. They’re not far wrong, as Your Highness – a sort of Princess Bride with Minotaur knobs on – proves. So what do US reviewers have against him? He tells Tara Brady about his issues with the press, hi
‘SO MUCH of the movie industry is based on what happens in the first three days. But think back. How many people went to see Ghostbusters in the first three days? I don’t want to watch a movie on a ticking fucking clock – I want to watch a movie when I get around to it. It’s crazy shit.”
Danny McBride takes another swig of Red Bull. It’s entirely understandable in the circumstances. Tonight he’s in Dublin for the last stop on a globetrotting publicity tour for Your Highness. This morning he was doing much the same thing in Glasgow. With his A-list co-stars currently occupied elsewhere – Natalie Portman is on a maternity break and James Franco is off attending university – McBride has been shouldered with the lion’s share of press engagements.
Thing is, he’s not exactly enamoured with the press right now. It’s cool. He’s not miffed with us. Why would he be? In this part of the world a Danny McBride flick is far more likely to receive a good notice than a kicking. But on the back of last weekend’s characteristically scathing batch of US-based reviews for his new, potty-mouthed Princess Bride adventure, he wouldn’t mind having a quiet word with our critical brethren over the water.
What do American broadsheets have against the new Golden Age of Hollywood Comedy? “I don’t get these fucking people,” he says. “You pick up a review in America and they got nothing to say about the movie. They’re writing about all this other shit. They’re reviewing numbers. They’re reviewing career paths. They’re reviewing James Franco at the Oscars. Celebrity is a massive industry in America, and it creeps in to everything. My favourite kind of joke is an inside joke – the kind where I’m laughing my ass off and you look totally fucking stupid for not getting it. I’ve been in cinemas all over with people laughing their asses off at this movie. These critics mostly live in Los Angeles, the least humorous place in the world. It’s hard to make those jaded motherfuckers laugh.”
He need not trouble himself unduly. To his fans, Danny McBride is the funniest man in the US. They’re not far wrong. Proudly profane and cheerfully anarchic, McBride belongs to the same noble lineage of F-blinders as Richard Prior. He’s also the hands-down best thing in every movie he’s turned out for, the crass tour-de-force inhabiting the corners of Superbad, Hot Rod and The Heartbreak Kid.
“I’ve always loved comedy that wasn’t appropriate for my age. I was always into shit that was way dirtier than what I should have been watching, and I’m still thinking about the kind of movie I’d like to have seen when I was 14. I loved anything that felt naughty.
“When I was in fifth grade I had all of Eddie Murphy’s Delirious memorised. It was the funniest shit I had ever seen.”
Born in Statesboro, Georgia, and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, McBride attributes