Danny McBride and Sam Rockwell Talk DON VERDEAN, VICE PRINCIPALS, and MR. RIGHT

     February 16, 2015


It’s not every day you get to sit down with two of your favorite actors for almost thirty minutes. But that’s what I got to do at this year’s Sundance Film Festival with Danny McBride and Sam Rockwell. While the main reason I got to speak with them was for director Jared Hess’ very funny new movie, Don Verdean, during our wide ranging conversation they also talked about everything from the way their acting process has changed over the years to tons of future projects like HBO’s Vice Principals, the Max Landis penned Mr. Right with Anna Kendrick, the animated Sausage Party, Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah, the Billy Crudup vehicle Life at These Speeds, and so much more. It’s a very in-depth interview that I’m confident you’ll like.

If you’re not familiar with Don Verdean, it’s a comedy from Napolean Dynamite‘s Jared and Jerusha Hess and it’s about a Biblical archeologist (Rockwell) hired to find relics in the Holy Land by a local church pastor (McBride). While the mission starts out as a legitimate endeavor, after running into a number of problems, Rockwell is forced to get creative which leads to some funny situations featuring a number of outlandish characters. Don Verdean also stars Jermaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Leslie Bibb and Will Forte. With Lionsgate picking up the film at Sundance, you can look for it in theaters later this year.

As usual, I’ve time indexed the interview to provide an overview of the conversation which is below the video.

don-verdean-sam-rockwell-jemaine-clementDanny McBride/Sam Rockwell Time Index:

  • 0:44 – On what it was like working together and who broke the most while filming.
  • 1:43 – Rockwell explains what the film is about.
  • 2:25 – McBride doesn’t curse once in the film.
  • 3:40 – Rockwell says the script didn’t change much after they first got it. McBride says it’s the least improv he’s ever done.
  • 4:20 – The process of coming aboard the movie was easy.
  • 5:00 – How did they keep a straight face with Jemaine Clement’s accent?
  • 6:03 – On how their acting process has changed over the years.
  • 8:04 – On McBride’s penchant for saying “watch this” before a take.
  • 9:09 – They talk about the moment they realized they’d made it as actors.
  • 10:10 – On what Sundance means to them. McBride comes even if he doesn’t have a movie there.
  • 11:10 – McBride on his HBO Show Vice Principals. It’s an 18 episode miniseries. 2 seasons with 9 episodes each, a fall term and a spring term.
  • danny-mcbride-vice-principals13:26 – Rockwell on starring in the Max Landis penned Mr. Right with Anna Kendrick.
  • 15:03 – McBride talks about Sausage Party, his animated film with Seth Rogen and James Franco. Says it’s the most inane thing he’s ever seen.
  • 17:06 – On their decision making process for picking projects in general.
  • 18:47 – McBride talks about his upcoming Barry Levinson film, Rock the Kasbah.
  • 20:07 – Rockwell clarifies that he’s not an actor in the Billy Crudup vehicle Life at These Speeds, but he’s an executive producer on it.
  • 20:42 – Is Rockwell doing a cameo in Vice Principals?
  • 21:46 – McBride on the lessons he learned on Eastbound & Down that he wants to apply to Vice Principals.
  • 22:29 – Continues to explain how the tone is different from Eastbound.
  • 23:53 – On what their favorite current television shows are.
  • 24:40 – McBride prefers more contained TV deals so he’s not on contract for a long time.
  • 25:38 – On their plans for 2015.


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