p The actor Danny McBride looked around the Jekyll & Hyde Club, in the West Village, and said, “This is where the New York bankers do all the big deals, huh?” It was shortly after noon, and the putatively scary horror-themed restaurant—skeletons in top hats, chattering mummies—was empty.

“I worked in places like this in Los Angeles,” the actor continued, “and I recognize that disgusting stale-beer stink.”

A waiter dropped by and delivered a rapid spiel: “There’s-going-to-be-a-crazy-guy-walking-around-don’t-make-too-much-eye-contact-and-you-should-be-fine.” Unconcerned, McBride ordered a Caesar salad with chicken, then suggested that the menu was a missed opportunity: “The names should be more horror-infused, more ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon’ Wings.” He snickered genially.

In Ridley Scott’s new film, “Alien: Covenant,” the latest installment of the actually scary horror franchise about aliens who burst from the bellies of spaceship crew members, McBride plays a jaunty Southerner named Tennessee.

The forty-year-old actor, who grew up in Virginia, is known for his gallery of overconfident Southern men-children.

Beginning with his irrepressibly cocky Kenny Powers, in the HBO series “Eastbound & Down,” which he co-created with Jody Hill and Ben Best, McBride wanted, he said, “to make fun of a South where you could learn an ancient martial art like Tae Kwon Do in a shopping center next to a tanning salon.” However, he added, “After ‘Eastbound,’ every script I would get was, like, ‘You’re an asshole.’ I’d fallen down the asshole well.”

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