Actor/writer/producer/director Danny McBride is generating a full plate of varied and interesting projects, with the latest being the comedy series for HBO, Vice Principals, which was proclaimed as “The Summer’s best new comedy” and received the Audience Award at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. McBride co-created and wrote the series with Jody Hill. The show also marked McBride’s directorial debut as he directed multiple episodes.
Next up is a major role in director Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. He stars alongside Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterson. In a definite non-comedic role, McBride plays the pilot of the spaceship Covenant, a colonization ship, searching for a planet where life may start anew. Also coming from McBride this year will be the film The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter, which he co-wrote and produced with Jody Hill under their Rough House Pictures banner.
McBride is no stranger to the small screen either. Vice Principals is McBride’s second HBO comedy series, the first being Eastbound and Down, which he also co-created, wrote, and produced with Jody Hill. McBride portrayed Kenny Powers in the series, a vulgar, loud-mouthed ex-professional baseball player fighting his way back to the major leagues.
McBride first gained the attention of the industry with his starring role in David Gordon Green’s All the Real Girls, but it was with the smash hit comedy The Foot Fist Way that he became a household name in Hollywood, as he caught the attention of Will Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez Productions. McBride has continued to find success by starring in numerous hits like Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, This is the End, and in 2016’s breakout animated comedy, Sausage Party.