By now, you’re probably aware that Marilyn Manson is a (rather bizarrely huge) fan of HBO’s “Eastbound & Down,” but chances are, you weren’t aware of just how far his dedication actually goes. But “Eastbound” star Danny McBride certainly is … and he’s got the e-mails to prove it.
“I get weird e-mails from Marilyn Manson now,” he laughed. “He sends me weird e-mails in the middle of the night of what he’s watching on TV, and you can hear him giggling in the background. One time he literally sent me a ‘Peanuts’ special I guess he was watching, sometimes it’s ‘Eastbound,’ infomercials, anything.”
It’s not exactly clear why Manson has taken to e-mailing McBride, considering he’s already made his desire to play Kenny Powers’ sidekick Stevie Janowski abundantly clear, but we have our suspicions. When it comes to celebrity cameos on the show, though, McBride is pretty set in his ways.
“You know, I equate it to this: Marilyn likes the show, and maybe it would ruin it for him, if he appeared on it,” he said. “When I was a kid, I worked at Kings Dominion, an amusement park. I loved that place so I thought it would be cool to get a job there, and it’s like the quickest way to ruin the all the magic. I hate that amusement park now.”
Then again, it’s entirely possible that other more practical factors may mean Manson will never get a chance to show up on “Eastbound.” Because, as McBride told us, he and co-creators Ben Best and Jody Hill always intended to have the show run just three seasons … and given that we’re already three episodes into season two, time’s running out. And while he realizes that news may depress some “Eastbound” die-hards, McBride’s already promising that — if renewed — the show has big plans for its final season.
“We’ve approached each season … where, we have no idea if we’ll be able to do it again, so we try to make it where it could be self-contained. But if we’re allowed to continue, we kind of know where to go,” he said. “In our wildest dreams, this was like a three-season show that arced over those three seasons, so we do have an idea of where to go: It’s to an Ewok village, next season is ‘Return of the Jedi.’ There’s all this parallel action between a space station and a planet with furry creatures, and I think people will like that. It’s different from what we’ve been doing.”
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