By Fred Topel | Image property of Paramount Vantage
Danny McBride has already become recognizable in supporting roles in comedies. The starring vehicle that got him all these gigs is finally coming out in theaters. The Foot Fist Way stars McBride as a shopping mall tae kwon do instructor.
Danny McBride Teaches The Foot Fist Way
"The fascinating thing about tae kwon do that people don’t know about is it’s only useful against other people who know tae kwon do," said McBride.
Since he trained for the film, McBride probably has real skills equivalent to his character's. "I’ve never been asked to do a real demo before, but that’s not to say I couldn’t do one. [Director] Jody [Hill] left me with a lot of skills"
McBride is also enjoying how difficult his film's name is to pronounce. "We like to hear people murder it. The Fist Foot Way. Fuddrucker's, we get that a lot. Fuddrucker's: The Movie."
"It’s been pretty insane. When we made this film our only kind of goal was when we were in college we would just sit around and drink beer and watch movies. We’d watch the same movies over and over again and we really just wanted to kind of make a movie that maybe that would be the lifespan of it. That we could make something that some guys in college would sit around and drink some beers to and enjoy. For it to get into Sundance obviously blew our minds. I live in Virginia and [writer/costar] Ben [Best] lives in North Carolina and every time we come back out to LA we would hear of all these other people who have suddenly seen the film and we’re so disconnected from anything that was happening here. It’s definitely been a pretty insane ride and now I’m running around with this gentlemen from dinosaurs on Land of the Lost so it doesn’t seem real."
Perhaps McBride owes it all to distributors Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. "They definitely tagged me for commission so I paid these guys 10% of everything. That's what they told us was standard, yeah. It usually happens that way."