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Danny McBride In Talks For Alien: Covenant

Danny McBride in talks for Alien: Covenant according to The Wrap. The Wrap (and confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter) is reporting that they’ve learnt that Danny McBride, an actor best known for his comedic roles, is currently in talks to star alongside Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant.

“Following a hilarious run as Kenny Powers on HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” Danny McBride is preparing to move from comedy to sci-fi, as he’s in early discussions to co-star in Ridley Scott‘s big-budget blockbuster “Alien: Covenant,” TheWrap has learned.

The film is a major coup for McBride, as not only will it allow him to show off more of his range as a performer, but he’ll also have a chance to work with Scott. Like the director, McBride is a true cinephile, and the duo are said to have hit it off while discussing old movies.”

Danny McBride in talks for Alien: Covenant. He is best known for his comedic roles such as Tropic Thunder.  Danny McBride In Talks For Alien: Covenant

Danny McBride in talks for Alien: Covenant. He is best known for his comedic roles such as Tropic Thunder.

McBride is well known for his roles in within the comedy genre such as This Is The End, Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express and the well received Eastbound and Down. It is also worth pointing out that James Cameron also made such a comedy actor for Aliens with the casting of Mac McDonald, Paul Reiser and Bill Paxton.

Thanks to Gazz and Joel Foster for the news.



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  1. thecaffeinatedone
    I have a hunch that McBride will play it straight and serious, totally different then what is expected of him.

    I hope you're right.

    I'm sure he'll pop up and make a bunch of wisecracks at innapropriate times. James Franco will show up too. Remember when Ridley Scott directed those hilarious comedies called Your Highness and This is the End?
  2. Perfect-Organism
    For example, a Catholic may see evil as very different from a Muslim's perspective or an Atheist's.

    I'm really going off topic here but it reminds me a Muslim saying that believing in two Gods (or more) is a greater sin than to kill a man.

    Yes, totally OT.  But this is the basis of the rift between Christians and Muslims.  From the Muslim perspective, the idea of Jesus implies that there are two Gods.  From the perspective of Christians, Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are the Trinity that forms God.

    Yes, sorry Bro!  So how 'bout that Danny McBride?  Do you think they're going to go for some more comedic effect here?  We are now in a post-Deadpool era and I am wondering if the future holds non-stop jokes in even the most hard-r films.  I hope not.  I think James Cameron struck the right balance with Hudson, but if you go beyond that, it would be too much.
  3. Perfect-Organism

    Between you guys and HuDa, it is just a matter of definition of the word 'evil'.
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    True.  The thing with ideas like evil and good is that they are not scientific ideas but more related to beliefs.  So you can't quantify good and evil.  You can only qualify it within the context of an existing set of dogmatic rules.  For example, a Catholic may see evil as very different from a Muslim's perspective or an Atheist's.
  4. Primordial
    ... you have to conclude that Burke was EVIL with capital letters.

    Then what would you call a person who tortures slowly another one to death with a big smile ? For HudaFuk, evil is when intentions are the worse possible, and the acts match these intentions and it didn't seem the case with Burke... unless if he was secretly killing two birds with one stone i.e. satisfying his lowest instincts when seeing Ripley and Newt in distress AND being able to let them through quarantine afterwards which would guarantee him fortune and/or fame.

    On the contrary, if a famous person makes a donation for charity, but you learn that his/her intentions weren't altruistic but rather to be seen in a good light by others, then wouldn't you be a bit disappointed ? Intentions are important.
    But don't get me wrong, if ever Burke had made it back to Earth and had got a trial, I would hope for him a very severe sentence.

    Between you guys and HuDa, it is just a matter of definition of the word 'evil'.
  5. Perfect-Organism
    Burke was doing it for the sheer enjoyment.

    Not once does he ever appear to be enjoying it in the film. In fact most of the time he looks terrified. He's hardly relishing in what he's doing.

    What I'm saying is that the joy is deferred.  He still has his own personal motivations for what he does.  The whole time he is doing what he is doing is because he is envisioning himself on a yacht somewhere drinking margaritas.  He is just doing EVERYTHING it takes to get there.

    I think you're kind of defending the indefensible here.  But this polemic could merit its own thread.

    When have I ever tried to defend his actions? All I'm saying is, to me, he isn't evil. He's mentally unhinged. In my eyes there's a difference.

    When you say he's not evil, that basically defends his actions.  "Mentally unhinged" and "evil" are terms from two different disciplines of thought.  It is almost an apples to oranges comparison.  The opposite of mentally unhinged, is mentally balanced, or sane, whereas the opposite of evil is good.  You're comparing psychology with ethics and beliefs.  In psychological terms, there is no true good and evil.  There are simply states of mind which vary from functional to dysfunctional.  The classic understanding of states of mind or psychology in general never really factored into belief systems based on good and evil.  Only in recent times do the ideas of mental state factor into notions of good and evil or ethics.  There is a lot of gray area here, and even legal systems are often at a loss as to if someone is evil or insane.

    One of the key factors here is soundness of mind.  It would say that Burke was being particularly shrewd.  All his ducks were in a row.  From a psychological perspective, he might still be called a sociopath because although his actions were largely logical, he didn't factor in any empathy for his fellow human beings whatsoever.  However, if you recognize the basic ideas of good and evil, then you have to conclude that he was evil, especially because there was no ostensible mental impairment clouding his judgment.  He knew exactly what he was doing, and the lives of the people around him were just numbers on a page to be added or subtracted.
  6. 426Buddy
    I think your view of evil is just a bit too narrow imo, you can be evil and do evil things and not enjoy doing them. Most evil is done with the best of intentions. On the other hand psychopath vs sociopath is is different, there is a real argument to be made that Burke is a sociopath because he isn't getting enjoyment from trying to kill as a psychopath would. But we are  at a point on the whole evil topic where it comes down to personal opinion of what is considered evil.

    good discussion though, would make a good thread.  :)
  7. HuDaFuK
    Burke was doing it for the sheer enjoyment.

    Not once does he ever appear to be enjoying it in the film. In fact most of the time he looks terrified. He's hardly relishing in what he's doing.

    I think you're kind of defending the indefensible here.  But this polemic could merit its own thread.

    When have I ever tried to defend his actions? All I'm saying is, to me, he isn't evil. He's mentally unhinged. In my eyes there's a difference.
  8. Perfect-Organism
    Evil to me would be doing terrible things just for the sheer enjoyment of it.

    Burke's not doing that. He's doing it for the endgame profit. The only really awful thing he does is turn the Facehuggers loose. And by the point it seems more like desperation than anything. Sure, it's terrible, but it's not evil. He doesn't enjoy getting Ripley and Newt killed, he just wants the fame and fortune so bad he totally disconnects emotionally from the reality of what he's doing. He didn't pre-meditate it. It was just a spur of the moment thing to get him the big bucks and the kudos when he gets back to HQ.

    Burke was doing it for the sheer enjoyment.  However, the enjoyment was deferred.  He would kill Newt and Ripley so that he could get a promotion and so he could get all the money he needs in order to enjoy himself in the way that he wants once he's rich.  At the end of the day, he's still putting his own joy ahead of someone else's.  We all do that from time to time, but in this case, he puts his own joy ahead of other people's lives.

    I think you're kind of defending the indefensible here.  But this polemic could merit its own thread.
  9. 426Buddy
    Still... Setting a facehugger loose on a lil girl, regardless of motivation, is pretty evil. Even if he's not getting enjoyment from the killing, like a psychopath would, it would be hard to call it anything but evil.


    Also it wasnt just for profit and glory. After Ripley found out what he had done, he was afraid she would nail him right to the wall when to they got back.
  10. HuDaFuK
    Evil to me would be doing terrible things just for the sheer enjoyment of it.

    Burke's not doing that. He's doing it for the endgame profit. The only really awful thing he does is turn the Facehuggers loose. And by the point it seems more like desperation than anything. Sure, it's terrible, but it's not evil. He doesn't enjoy getting Ripley and Newt killed, he just wants the fame and fortune so bad he totally disconnects emotionally from the reality of what he's doing. He didn't pre-meditate it. It was just a spur of the moment thing to get him the big bucks and the kudos when he gets back to HQ.
  11. Perfect-Organism
    I dunno, I still get the impression that was more to do with wanting the Alien as his prize, to improve his standing professionally and financially, than it was killing them.

    Their deaths were just a side-effect of his greed. He didn't do it because he wanted them dead, he did it because he wanted the money when he got home. He just didn't care that they would die as a result. It's sociopathy rather than being a homicidal maniac.

    Your definition of evil is very frightening if you think that, just because you do something for money and people die as a result of that, you are not being evil.  Raising your own status at the expense of someone's life is fundamentally evil.  Even a homicidal maniac does what he does by getting pleasure from his actions, so in fulfilling his own objectives, he is being greedy.  You can't say that he is not being evil because he is just being greedy.  Greed itself is fundamentally evil, though society has harnessed it as a necessary evil.  Otherwise you couldn't have capitalism.  (Hey maybe that's why the engineers want to kill us)

    The problem is that good and evil are concepts increasingly removed from the modern, natural view of the world.  So if someone is a murderer in order to get ahead, we clinically define him as a sociopath or psychopath as if it were merely a psychological condition or "ailment".  But if you bypass all that and accept that there is good and evil in this world, and a person consciously chooses one over the other, you have to conclude that Burke was EVIL with capital letters.
  12. HuDaFuK
    I dunno, I still get the impression that was more to do with wanting the Alien as his prize, to improve his standing professionally and financially, than it was killing them.

    Their deaths were just a side-effect of his greed. He didn't do it because he wanted them dead, he did it because he wanted the money when he got home. He just didn't care that they would die as a result. It's sociopathy rather than being a homicidal maniac.
  13. OpenMaw
    Burke has the added layer of being clearly delusional and disconnected. There are several instances where he shows this. One of the earliest moments is when he hushes Ripley in her apartment. He's not providing a comforting gesture, he just doesn't want her making a scene. Because he's self-absorbed.
  14. Perfect-Organism
    The thing about Burke is that he has an outer veil of civility and politesse.  He comes across as a man of wealth and taste, but underneath that is the devil himself.  Now Danny McBride basically plays the same character in all his films, and he is an uncouth brute.  He is basically expected to be a bad guy on some level, whereas Paul Reiser is not.  One is capable of machinations and intrigue, while the other wears his crude intentions on his sleeve.  Both work well as villains but they are very different.
  15. whiterabbit
    Paul Reiser played the perfect sociopath in aliens. The man made the aliens almost look like the nice guys for f**ks sake. :P

    Ripley: You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them f**king each other over for a goddamn percentage.
  16. Primordial
    "This is so nuts. I mean, listen- Listen to what you're saying. It's paranoid delusion. How- It's really sad. It's pathetic."

    From Xenopedia : Burke was a textbook example of a sociopath; a consumate liar and emotional manipulator that lacked any conscience and human feeling save anger and fear. When his deceptions became clear to the survivors and Burke was cornered, he demonstrated the definitive sociopathic trait of employing mocking sarcasm to deflect responsibility from himself.
  17. Perfect-Organism
    I loved Tropic Thunder.  That's like my Catcher in the Rye.

    It's a bit frightening that you don't think Burke was a complete sociopath.  He has no guilt over sending 150 colonists to their death.  He's still thinking about being "set for life".  That's a sociopath.  What makes it even worse is just what Ripley said, "don't you have any idea what you've done here?".  He has no clue of what he did, because his brain is not wired to distinguish that sort of right from wrong.
  18. NickisSmart
    Complete sociopath is a bit much, but I think the performance was good. Nothing epic. He seemed out of his depth, kind of bumbling.

    Danny's in a similar position to Paul, I think, but he loves movies (just watch Tropic Thunder to see what I mean). What we see of actors is just a facade or a mask, half the time. Sometimes it's real, sometimes it's the assumed director, sometimes it's the actor taking charge. I'm sure Danny, if he's eager to try something different, has a large knowledge of films to work with for inspiration.
  19. Perfect-Organism
    Reiser's Burke from Aliens was the ultimate depiction of a greedy eighties yuppie.  He literally killed it in that role.  What was frightening was how easily one could imagine meeting this guy for cocktails after work on Wall Street and then having him stab you in the back with no remorse.  He was the ultimate psycho in that film.  The character reminds me of Paul Bernardo, a vicious killer from Ontario, Canada.

    What was particularly brilliantly executed by Burke was that as a complete sociopath, he did not see himself as evil.  He was completely internally oblivious to the terrible things he was doing because of his materialistic, greedy outlook.  We encounter people like this in real life, and until they cross that line, we tolerate them, and more often then not, we revere them as captains of industry.  It was such a great statement on humanity and played so well by Reiser.  He was the Perfect Organism that Ash spoke of when he said "no conscience, no delusions of morality".  Just a simple, low-life, animal, disguised as a human being.
  20. 426Buddy
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    He didn't pull it off, he got killed.

    Again I think you're missing the point, him getting killed in the movie has nothing to do with his excellent performance as a company slime ball.

    Reiser was known for comedy, he took a serious role in aliens and did a great job. It is an example of why McBride could do a good job in Covenant as well.
  21. mace-in-the-face
    Who the hell remembers Paul Reiser? Aliens was like his one and only serious role.

    Congrats on completely missing the point...

    It was an example of a person known exclusively for comedy going serious and pulling it off. I could also have gone with Michael Keaton in Batman.

    There's no reason to presume McBride couldn't do the same.

    He didn't pull it off, he got killed.
  22. mace-in-the-face
    Well....that's a first, a comedy movie actor moving towards Si-Fi....at least we have a director this time unlike AVP:R.Also on a further note, I'm happy that the Alien and Predator franchises are moving forward, and not deeper down a black hole of no return, along with the hype of AVP fights in Mortal Kombat X, I actually hope that the Aliens VS Predator franchise can move foward as a movie franchise later in the future.

    How are franchises getting sequel-ed and rebooted into infinity considered moving forward?

    Gazz, mentality like that is what gets us AVP Requiems.

    Remember when Paul Reiser was only known for standup, sitcoms and Beverly Hills Cop...?

    Who the hell remembers Paul Reiser? Aliens was like his one and only serious role.
  23. Xenomorph_2099
    Well....that's a first, a comedy movie actor moving towards Si-Fi....at least we have a director this time unlike AVP:R.Also on a further note, I'm happy that the Alien and Predator franchises are moving forward, and not deeper down a black hole of no return, along with the hype of AVP fights in Mortal Kombat X, I actually hope that the Aliens VS Predator franchise can move foward as a movie franchise later in the future.
  24. Gazz
    Overreacting a little mace-in-the-face, it doesn't follow that Scott will cast actors McBride has worked prominently with, we don't know what kind of character McBride may potentially play, I say give him a chance and reserve judgement until the film is released.

    Famous last words. This is shaping up to be another AVP Requiem.

    http://i49.tinypic.com/sy44zq.jpg
  25. david8
    Overreacting a little mace-in-the-face, it doesn't follow that Scott will cast actors McBride has worked prominently with, we don't know what kind of character McBride may potentially play, I say give him a chance and reserve judgement until the film is released.
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