Danny McBride says Kanye West asked him to play him in a movie

Danny McBride attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: "The Righteous Gemstones" at The Robin Williams Center on August 14, 2019. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

From sampling Blades of Glory in “N***** in Paris” to making a cameo in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Kanye West has made little secret of his Will Ferrell fandom. But it’s another member of Hollywood’s so-called “Frat Pack” that the rap star would reportedly like to see play him in a movie.

That honour goes to Danny McBride, the actor known for comedic gems like The Foot Fist Way, Pineapple Express and Eastbound & Down. According to a new Guardian interview, The Righteous Gemstones star says West asked him to take on a very unexpected role.

“Kanye asked me to play him in a movie of his life,” McBride told the British newspaper, laughing at the memory.

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“That was a pretty stunning phone call to get. I don’t know why he wanted me to do it. Maybe that sense of ego I’m able to portray? I have no clue.”

West reportedly has his heart set on a Danny McBride-fronted biopic. (Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company)

According to McBride, West even flew down to visit his family and watched his young son play Fortnite. Plans for an actual West biopic — which would presumably cover his marriage to Kim Kardashian and recent support of President Donald Trump — remain vague, however.

“That was a pretty incredible day,” McBride said. “Maybe someday we’ll make the film. Who knows?” 

Speaking of unconventional casting choices, McBride’s Tropic Thunder co-star Robert Downey Jr. has recently defended wearing blackface in the 2008 film, in which he played a white method actor who goes above and beyond to portray a black character.