After two years in limbo, the biggest comedy hit that no one had yet seen, is finally here. That would be Jody Hill’s The Foot Fist Way, a comedy that has made Danny McBride a star in Hollywood, even though the film is just now getting its release in theaters. The film circulated through Hollywood comedy circles as a DVD, and soon picked up fans like Ben Stiller, Judd Apatow, Jack Black, and Will Ferrell. Ferrell, along with filmmaking partner Adam McKay, enjoyed the film so much they convinced Paramount Vantage to finally bring it to theaters. It’s a low-budget laughfest that should easily become a cult sensation, at least on DVD if not during this theatrical run. Moriarty at AICN chats with Hill, McBride, and co-writer Ben Best about their long road to release and all the craziness that has ensued since the film appeared on the 2006 festival circuit:
MORIARTY: And along the way, you’ve picked up a lot of supporters, a lot of people in the business who’ve loved it. Um… you know, if it had just been a calling card, it would obviously have already done its job, but now… how does it feel to finally be able to share it with everybody?
BEN: I am so… it is a relief because it really, like, what you said… it really has done wonders for us career-wise. At the same time, it’s just something that I think we’re really proud of and, uh… just getting, havin’ the chance for everyone to see it now is amazing. It’s such a relief.
DANNY: It’s, like, nuts because, you know, we never… I’ve never heard of an independent film being marketed by the famous people that like it. Which is… it’s so weird. We always wonder if people misconstrue that. Like they think that, like, we knew these people before. We literally… we were coming from nothin’, no connections or anything. We made this film because… really our only goal was to, when we were in film school, we used to sit around and get drunk and watch movies over and over. And we thought, “Hey, let’s throw our hats in that arena and let’s try to make something that hopefully other film school kids or film geeks would fuckin’ put on and drink a beer or two.” That was really our goal. And then it gets into Sundance, and we start to find out all these people we are fans of have somehow seen the movie and are liking it, and…
JODY: Good Lord!