When Danny McBride was in his mid-20s, he returned to his home state of Virginia a failure, having tried to make it in Hollywood and whiffed. But he wasn’t down on his luck for long. He took a job substitute teaching, hooked up with his college friend Jody Hill and made the tiny-budget taekwondo comedy The Foot Fist Way. And when that flick miraculously caught the attention of Will Ferrell, he wound up with multiple movie deals, his own HBO show, Eastbound and Down, and a gig as the MFCEO of K-Swiss. As the legend of Kenny Powers begins its third season (Sunday, February 19, 10 p.m. EST, HBO), this Man of the Moment filled us in on important issues. Like nose hair. And faking orgasms. And babies.
MADE MAN: What item do you never leave home without, and why?
DANNY MCBRIDE: Usually my wedding ring. But I took it off for a shoot yesterday, and I just realized that I never got it back. I just realized that a few seconds ago.
MM: Do you know where it is?
DM: I’m putting the pieces back together in my head right now.
MM: Just straight?
MM: Of course it’s appropriate.
DM: Uh, well, this isn’t any advice that I’ve ever used before. But it is one of the weirdest, strangest pieces of advice I’ve ever heard regarding women. Ben Best, who plays Clegg in Eastbound, he told us some trick that he has, which I still am just baffled by. But he said he would take these girls home on one-night stands, and he would have trouble with, like, once he had consummated the deal, of just like wanting to get out of there and it being rude. And so what he started doing is he started, like, faking the orgasm so that he would still stick around for a little while and still be into it, and then rock again. And so he’d look like he was a champion. I don’t know, I’ve never used that trick.
MM: What can we expect from Season 3?
DM: You know, where we left Kenny last season is he was finding out that he was going to be a dad, and so this season sort of picks up a short time after that, where Kenny is playing for a minor-league team in Myrtle Beach, and he’s trying to make this one last run for the majors. But he’s trying to balance, like, his new position as a dad, and trying to not let having a kid fuck up his chances of coming back to the majors.
MM: You’ve also shot some more K-Swiss commercials as Kenny Powers. The campaign is genius, but why do them in the first place?
DM: When you have a show on HBO, it’s not like a movie where there are trailers for it before movies or billboards in every town. HBO shows tend to just kind of have billboards in New York and LA and that’s kind of it, if even that. We didn’t have any of that the first season. And, you know, they don’t really run ads for the show on other networks. So to us, it just seemed like a really good way to get that character out there and maybe get more people to tune in the next season.
MM: Your wife’s expecting soon, right? Are you incorporating any of your own personal fatherhood stuff into the show?
DM: It would have probably been smart to push the next season off a little. We could have pulled more information from that experience. But we’ve just been watching a lot of Three Men and a Baby. That’s where I get all my baby information from.
MM: Any parting words of wisdom?
DM: I don’t know. Clip your nose hairs.