Thursday, April 7, 2011

David Gordon Green and longtime collaborator Danny McBride profiled in The New York Times

Everyone has been talking about David Gordon Green's new comedy Your Highness, and with the movie opening nationally this week, The New York Times has profiled David along with friend and co-conspirator Danny McBride, who also stars in the film alongside James Franco, Natalie Portman, and Zooey Deschanel. As it turns out, David and Danny actually came up with an early idea for the movie years ago - take a look at this excerpt from the article:

In the 15 or so years it took them to get from Winston-Salem to Hollywood, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green found ways to pass the time. Since meeting as undergraduates at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Mr. McBride, who plays the mullet-haired, showboating pitcher Kenny Powers on HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” and Mr. Green, the director whose films include the stoner comedy “Pineapple Express,” have established a tradition of brainstorming preposterous titles for hypothetical film and television projects, then inventing premises to fit those titles.
Recalling a bygone example, Mr. McBride said, “It’s called ‘The Face of Danger,’ so Steve Danger is a plastic surgeon, and he solves crimes by changing his face with plastic surgery.”
It was during one such alcohol-fueled session, while they worked on Mr. Green’s 2003 feature “All the Real Girls,” that a similarly ridiculous reverie came to them.
“It was going to be called ‘Your Highness,’” Mr. Green said. “And the poster was going to be Danny in a chain-mail leotard, with a joint in one hand and a sword in the other. And it was going to say, ‘Put this in your pipe and smoke it.’”

Read the rest of the hilarious profile over at the Times, and check out the trailer for Your Highness below, hitting theaters tomorrow: