Danny McBride, who plays Will in the upcoming Land of the Lost movie, told reporters that the re-imagining of the classic children's TV show will feature virtual creatures that compare favorably with those in Jurassic Park and Cloverfield.
Mc Bride stars alongside Will Ferrell as has-been scientist Dr. Rick Marshall and Anna Friel as Holly, who are sucked into an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic creatures. Based on the Sid and Marty Krofft show, Land of the Lost is directed by Brad Silberling and comes out June 5.
McBride said that he is just now seeing footage of the computer-generated creatures, though he filmed his live-action portions last summer, and talked about them in a group interview Friday in Universal City, Calif., where he was promoting his TV series Eastbound and Down. The following Q&A features edited excerpts of that interview.
Have you seen any Land of the Lost footage finished?
McBride: I have. I just spent four hours this morning doing [additional dialogue recording] for it. Yeah, it looks fantastic. It looks really, really incredible, so I'm really looking forward to seeing it.
How does it feel to see yourself running from dinosaurs?
McBride: It's pretty weird. You know, I've never seen that before. No, that was really my main reason for wanting to do it. I was like, "I want to see what I look like being chased by a T-rex." And it looks pretty cool. Yeah, I like it.
How did it compare to what you imagined when you were on the set looking at dangling tennis balls?
McBride: You know what? I thought it actually would be harder to do. It's about as hard as pretending that you're really a character anyway. It wasn't that much of a stretch. Luckily, on there, Bo Welch designed all the sets, so for the most part I think we only had, like, a week of green-screen stuff. Everything was on real sets, and they just did a lot of set extension. So you at least weren't just acting in front of a green screen. You felt like you were actually in a world. It just gives you that much more to play off of.
Does it still feel like the show even though all the characters are grown-ups?
McBride: What it maintains about Sid and Marty Krofft's world is just any of their shows have this sort of, like, [tone]. It's geared towards one audience, but it works on a level that appeals to, I think, an older audience as well. This definitely does. It is what it is, and then all of a sudden they'll do these just crazy kind of very subversive jokes that come up, and you just can't put your finger on who this movie's aimed towards, which I think was the beauty of Sid and Marty Krofft's other TV shows. I can still watch H.R. Pufnstuf, and I love it. I think it's funny as hell and just inventive and cool. I think this movie kind of obtains all that still.