A Comic Star is Born?

Much to his surprise, Danny McBride finds himself in demand
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2008 9:00 PM CDT
Danny McBride, star and co-writer from the movie "The Foot First Way," poses for photographs at Paramount Studios in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, Monday, May 26, 2008.    (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
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(Newser) – He didn’t plan it this way, but Danny McBride will end up in three of the summer’s biggest comedies, the LA Times reports. In The Foot Fist Way, Pineapple Express, and Tropic Thunder, viewers will see McBride get beaten, shot, blown up with a grenade, and tortured—all while laughing themselves silly. Pretty good for a guy who was working the night desk at a Holiday Inn before the Foot Fist shoot.

Although he went to film school, McBride had hoped to make it as a screenwriter or director. Then college buddy and director David Green saw his comic potential and cast him in his indie films. McBride's tough-to-miss screen presence made impressions with Judd Apatow and Ben Stiller’s Frat Pack, who offered him parts in their in-development comedies.