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Danny McBride on Land of the Lost

Published June 4, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
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Danny McBride grew up watching reruns of Land of the Lost. Those were kitschy stop motion and puppet effects. When his new buddy Will Ferrell offered him a part in a Land of the Lost movie, he wondered how they’d update it.

Danny McBride is Will in Land of the Lost

“The first thing I thought was, ‘What are the special effects going to be like?’” McBride said. “Are they going to be like the special effects in the TV show, or are you going to go for it? When they said they were going to go for it, I was like, ‘Oh, that’s probably an interesting choice.’ It seems like it would be a cheap joke, just to go with the toy dinosaur. I don’t know if that would hold my attention for an hour and a half.”

By now, fans have seen McBride and Ferrell face off on Eastbound & Down, but Land of the Lost actually came first. “Will is the greatest. I have a history with him. He was responsible for getting our little film, The Foot Fist Way, out there. But, this was the first time I got a chance to really work with him, and he was awesome. It was a 90-day shoot. It was a long movie, and to be stuck with Will, Anna and Jorma, they were just all great and the movie went by so fast. He’s great to work with. He can make you laugh without even saying stuff. He just bears into you with his eyes, and you’re just like, ‘This is going to be sh*t.’”

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Even with all the visual effects, Land of the Lost allowed the sort of improvisation McBride works in all his roles. “One of the things that initially attracted me to this was doing a comedy that would be mixed with some movie that would have all the special effects of this scope. I’m not used to really seeing a comedy on this scope. That was one of the initial draws to it. I just wanted to see what I’d look like standing next to a T-Rex, to tell you the truth. That was really what it came down to. People don’t get that chance. They’re not alive anymore. A lot of people don’t know that.”

Sometimes even McBride can’t hold it together and a take is ruined. “A lot of the stuff at the swimming pool at that hotel, and the scene where he dumps the piss on his head. That was pretty funny. And, when he’s singing the song. There were a lot of scenes. It didn’t even have to be scenes that were funny. The cameras would be rolling and he will just have this look, this glaze over his eyes, where you know that he’s going to try to make you break. It’s like an arm wrestling tournament to see who’s stronger and who can not laugh at Will’s jokes.”

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

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