Hollywood funny man Danny McBride has revealed how his character in the Ruben Fleischer movie 30 Minutes or Less was actually written for him. Danny did admit that he was a bit worried that, because of this, the movie may be too similar to roles he has done in the past.
McBride explained, “You know, when I was given the script, I was told that the writers had written this character for me and usually, when you get a script like that it’s like they’ve written for you and they’ve written it exactly like everything you’ve ever done before. With this script what kind of pulled me to it and separated it from most of the scripts I get like that, was I felt that underneath it all there was a very interesting concept in exploring this buddy comedy dynamic.”
He added, “The fact that you have these two sets of friends that, you know, good and bad, but you’re kind of exploring the limits that each of these friends would go do to support each other. So that concept, I thought elevated the material and was interesting. And so from there, the trick was, okay so this is playing off of things I’ve done before but how can I do this differently so that it’s not just boring for me as an actor and boring for the audience like they’ve seen it a million times.”
Danny concluded, “I think a lot of that came from the casting of Nick Swardson (Travis in the movie). Nick is super funny, he cracks me up and a lot of our improv on set became not just about jokes but kind of about exploring the sort of chemistry between these two friends and I feel like that was the way we were able to find a sort of refinement in that character.”
30 minutes or Less also stars Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg. The movie was released in the US on August 12 before being released in the UK on September 16. The 30 Minutes or Less DVD and Blu-Ray is expected to be released on January 30, 2012.