Kenny Powers used to be a star pitcher, but his self-destructive behavior knocked him out of major league baseball. Now, he’s back home in North Carolina, where he teaches Phys Ed at the middle school he once attended.
Eastbound & Down stars Danny McBride (Tropic Thunder, Pineapple Express) as Kenny Powers, and executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Jody Hill, Danny McBride and Ben Best. Katy Mixon (Four Christmases) also stars as April Buchanon, Kenny’s former flame and current object of desire, who teaches at the school; John Hawkes (Me and You and Everyone We Know, Deadwood) as Kenny’s brother Dustin Powers, a family man who is forced to take Kenny into his home to help get him back on his feet; Jennifer Irwin (Still Standing) as Dustin’s patient wife Cassie; Andrew Daly (Semi-Pro) as Terrence Cutler, the school principal, a fan of Kenny’s who puts up with his transgressions; Steve Little (The Ugly Truth) as Kenny devotee Stevie Janowski, the school’s band teacher; and Ben Best (Superbad) as bar proprietor Clegg, a druggie pal from the old days.
Writer and star Danny McBride, writer Jody Hill, writer and actor Ben Best, and director David Gordon Green met at the North Carolina School of the Arts. McBride later starred in Green’s All the Real Girls, winner of the 2003 Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. McBride re-teamed with Hill and Best on the Sundance hit The Foot Fist Way, which was released theatrically in May 2008, with the Los Angeles Times proclaiming it “the sort of nimble oddball discovery that one wishes would come along more often.”
In addition to serving as an executive producer, Will Ferrell guest stars in Eastbound & Down as the owner of a local car dealership. With Adam McKay, Ferrell collaborated Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, as well as the hit short film “The Landlord,” which can be seen on Funnyordie.com.
Director and executive producer Adam McKay was formerly a writer and director for Saturday Night Live and a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe.
Executive producer Chris Henchy, also served as a writer and producer for Entourage. Henchy runs Gary Sanchez Productions, a production company co-founded with Farrell and McKay, which launched Funnyordie.com. Executive producer and writer Jody Hill wrote and directed the feature film Observe and Report, starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and Ray Liotta.