UD: Let’s cut to the chase: when did you realize you could pull off cornrows?
DM: [laughing] It was the day we got them put in. I was down in Puerto Rico when we shot it, and the locals kind of dug it.
UD: Did things get weird in PR?
DM: We were staying in a casino, and we would usually turn it on real quick after we’d get off from work, and pass out at a blackjack table somewhere.
UD: Staying in a casino sounds dangerous.
DM: I came out ahead. I tore up the blackjack table. I left there happy. But there were a lot of per diems that were lost there.
UD: Is there a mantra you whisper or a classic rock song you play to get into character?
DM: I wish. I get a 12-pack of Schlitz, and I’m right in the sweet spot.
UD: Nice. So what’s a typical night out with Danny McBride—do a lot of people want to buy you shots?
DM: It happens. I’m not someone who wants to be rude, [so] if someone brings over several shots that they’ve purchased, I think it would be insulting to not do that with them.
UD: Do you get a lot of crazies approaching you?
DM: You have guys that roll up like, “Hey, f**k you,” and then push a shot in front of you. And it’s like, “I guess this dude likes me? I don’t know what’s going on.” [laughing]
UD: What’s your cocktail of choice? And what would Kenny Powers’s be?
DM: I don’t mind starting the day off similar to the Dude, with a White Russian—it’s like a little bowl of cereal with alcohol. Kenny Powers just likes straight-up booze. Mixing things is a little f**king p***y, that’s what he would think.
UD: You have some interesting fans.
DM: Yeah, Marilyn Manson came to the premiere, so I got to party with him a little bit. It’s surreal. There’s Don Johnson there too, and you’re like, “This is nuts.”
UD: What’s a night out with Danny McBride, Marilyn Manson and Don Johnson?
DM: There was tequila, there was a donkey wandering around, everything you’d expect on a night like that.
UD: So now it’s a weekly thing, like a poker game for you guys?
DM: Yeah. We deal in limbs, Manson’s always betting with fingers.
UD: Sure, sure. So before you were famous, was there one weird job you had?
DM: My first job was in an amusement park in Virginia, Kings Dominion. I worked there, and that job was terrible. I hated it. I used to, on my way to work, pray that I would get into a car accident. Not one where I’d be hurt, just one where I could get out of working for the day.
UD: There might be a movie in there somewhere.
UD: Your characters swear almost poetically. Did you swear a lot as a kid?
DM: I did. I had some weird fascination with it. I think it was just seeing R-rated films. [Like] in the beginning of Goonies, when the Fratellis are in that high-speed chase, and Chunk’s looking out the window and smashes his milkshake against it, and it goes all over his face, and he says “Aw, s**t!” I literally love that. I watched that over and over again, I thought it was f**king hilarious.