Ben Best, co-producer of HBO’s “Eastbound and Down”, who also starred in the series, has died. He was 46 years old.
Rough House Pictures, produced by “Eastbound and Down”, confirmed the news of Best’s death on Instagram with the caption, “It’s a heavy heart to say goodbye to our best friend Ben Best. We lost him the day before he turned 47. He is a hell of a friend and a creative force.” Inspired us and made us laugh. Charming and cheerful. Gone too soon. We love and miss you. “
Best co-produced “Eastbound and Down” with longtime writing partners Jody Hill and Danny McBride, who played Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher who returned to his hometown middle school to teach physical education.
He also appeared in eight episodes as Clegg, the city’s drug-addicted local bartender, and Kenny’s longtime friend.
Prior to teaming up for “Eastbound and Down,” Best, Hill and McBride co-wrote “The Foot Fist Way,” a low-budget dark comedy that later acquired a culture. McBride starred Fred Simmons, a taekwondo teacher in marital trouble, and an unhealthy obsession with B movie action star Chuck “The Truck” Wallace, who performed best.
He also co-wrote the film “Your Height” with Best McBride, who starred opposite Natalie Portman, James Franco, Rasmus Hardiker, Toby Jones, Justin Theroux, and Xu Desanell, and starred in “Superbud,” What Happens in Vegas. “Monitor and report” and “Lost land.”
Seth Rosen, who worked with Best on “Superbud” and “Watch and Report”, paid tribute to Best on Twitter, writing, “RIP Ben Best. I remember seeing and thinking of him as Chuck the Truck in Foot Fist Way.” I have to work with this guy. ‘ “I’m honored to have worked with him, and to do more, and that I’ve chatted with him and just been with him. Watch Foot Fist Way today and live up to his talent.”
RIP Ben is the best. I remember seeing him as Chuck the Truck in Foot Fist Way and thinking “I have to work with this guy.” I am honored that I got to work with him, and more and that I chatted with him and just am with him. Check out Foot Fist Way today and live up to his talent.
– Seth Rosen (eth Sethrogen) September 12, 2021
Comedian Adam Polly also left a reminder for Best Writing “RIP Ben Best – Really can’t tell me how many feet fist way. Bad. ”
RIP BEN BEST – Can’t really figure out how many foot fists for me. Sucking.
– Adam Palli (ampadampally) September 12, 2021