Thursday, August 27, 2009

One to watch: Danny McBride

If you are a fan of comedies, you know 32-year-old Danny McBride.  He co-starred in this summer's Land of the Lost along with Will Ferrell.  Here is a list of what I think is his best work that you can place on hold from our library.
Eastbound & Down (2009) Not rated (adult content and language)
"I'm not going to stop yelling because that would mean I lost the fight!"
Drugs and booze have forced former major league pitcher Kenny Powers (McBride) out of the game (and out of shape).  He now works as a gym teacher at a junior high and lives with his brother, sister-in-law, and nephews.  Powers still itches to get back into the major leagues and is sure his current situation living in the suburbs is only temporary.  McBride plays Powers as crass, rude, and unbelievably self-important.  Surprisingly, you still end up rooting for him in this HBO TV series.  

Season one (6 episodes): Find it in the catalog!

Pineapple Express (2008) Rated R
"Thug life!"
McBride plays Red, a drug supplier who does business with Saul (James Franco).  When Dale (Seth Rogen), a client of Saul's, witnesses a murder while smoking Pineapple Express, all three go on the run.  

Tropic Thunder (2008) Rated R
"Oh my god!  I am moving to catering after this!"
In this movie, a film crew is in Vietnam shooting a war movie.  When the actors are attacked by local drug lords and Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) is kidnapped, everyone wrongly believes the commotion is part of the film shoot.  McBride plays Cody, a special effects crew member who is good at blowing things up.

The Foot Fist Way (2006) Rated R
"Derek, have you got your cup on?  Because I will hit you there."
Co-written by McBride, this indie got the attention of comedy giant Will Ferrell.  McBride plays a tae kwon do instructor named Fred Simmons.  Simmons' personal life is falling apart and he dreams of meeting his idol, Chuck "The Truck" Williams.