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Danny McBride on Land of the Lost

Published April 22, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
On the set of Land of the Lost last summer, we got to see Will Ferrell and Danny McBride rescue Anna Friel in the Sleestak temple. “I think they're working on post rescue,” McBride said. “This is like some essential parts of the movie but there's a pretty awesome fight scene that's happening right now.”

Set Visit: Danny McBride on Land of the Lost

For his role as Will, now a grown-up theme park owner, McBride did not benefit from the Hollywood stunt training many big name actors endure for their action roles. “I haven’t. No, no training unfortunately which is probably a good thing because I would have hurt a lot of people. There’s been a lot of battling in this movie, yeah.”

Either way, McBride was happy to lend his services to rescue the lovely Friel, who plays Holly in the film. “I've said before, it's really incredible. She's the first real live British person I've ever met. They don't just live in history books like I thought, so that's cool. It's kind of neat to have your eyes opened like that. It's really cool, it's real, just like the dinosaurs are.”

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To be serious for a moment, but only a brief moment, McBride credited Friel with grounding some of the film’s outrageous comedy. “She's really funny. When I read the script, a lot revolves around that character because the world of the science and the theories, she balances Will out in a way. You really needed someone that was going to be able to sell this like tachyon meters and these weird theories about Land of the Lost to make it seem like it's real. The British accent just legitimizes so many things you would not believe.”

In this version, Marshall and Holly are both scientists. Not Will. “Will’s deal is this. This is his amusement park. This is the Devil’s Mystery Cave right here. It’s like a sh*tty log flume ride almost where you’ve got to go through on a raft, very reminiscent of the TV show. He talks about how this area’s known for the infamous legends of the lizard man, which you notice kind of vaguely looks like a Sleestak so there’s kind of this hint to the mythology.”

Land of the Lost opens to theaters on June 5th.

For the poster, trailers and more movie info, go to the Land of the Lost Movie Page.
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