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Ben Finest, who co-created and co-wrote each Eastbound & Down with Danny McBride and The Foot Fist Approach with McBride and Jody Hill, has died. He was 46, someday away from his forty seventh birthday. Affirmation of the writer-performer’s loss of life got here from Tough Home Photos, who made a submit on their Instagram. “It’s with heavy hearts we say goodbye to our good buddy Ben Best. We lost him the day before he would have turned 47,” the wrote. “A hell of a friend and a creative force. He inspired us and made us laugh.”

Finest performed Chuck “The Truck” Wallace in The Foot Fist Approach. The movie was the world’s introduction to McBride, setting the template for future A-holes in Scorching Rod, The Preventing Temptations, and Eastbound& Down. “I cannot recommend this movie,” Roger Ebert wrote of the movie, “but I can describe it, and then it’s up to you. If it sounds like a movie you would loathe, you are correct.” The movie was championed by Gary Sanchez heads Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who purchased distribution rights for the movie after it premiered at Sundance. Finest went on to put in writing Your Highness and co-create Eastbound with McBride. Finest performed Clegg on the present, Kenny Powers’s high-school buddy/bartender. The present ran from 2009 to 2013.

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