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

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‘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

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