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Danny McBride Said Salmonella Wouldn’t Stop Him From Eating Chipotle

We all know Danny McBride from his role on the HBO series Eastbound & Down, where he played the foul-mouthed, over-confident, and chauvinistic professional baseball player, Kenny Powers.

Now, co-starring in a new HBO series, Vice Principals with Walton Goggins, GQ spoke with McBride about his success and, “how to sellout the right way.” GQ also spoofed the concept of “sellouts” by dressing him and Goggins up as life-sized, degenerate versions of famous brand icons — like a creepy Ronald McDonald and a shady-looking Hamburglar. My Favorite is the McBride being transformed into the Wendy’s logo.

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Considering his body of work, McBride seemed pretty down to earth. In the interview, he spoke candidly about his love for Game of Thrones and Chipotle Burrito Bowls. In fact, he seemed at least generally aware of Chipotle’s recent heath issues, but that didn’t even seem to phase him.

Here’s an excerpt from GQ’s interview with him. You can read the full article here.

GQ: Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark, Game Of Thrones) says Nando’s gives celebrities black cards if you mention them, and she was really trying to get free chicken. The only thing she had to promote was a chicken shop. (Not Game of Thrones, or the X-Men movie she was in.)

“I like that. I’m gonna go get a black card too, except there’s no Nando’s in Los Angeles, is there?”

GQ: I don’t think so, but if you’re a Chipotle fan, I understand they also do the cards.

“They also give you salmonella don’t they?”

GQ: Only sometimes. But if we knew when and how we were going to die, it would take the excitement out of living.

“Yeah, how boring would it be? Salmonella won’t stop me from getting the burrito bowl at Chipotle. I love it.”

Could this be the first celebrity endorsement for Chipotle in the aftermath of their public fallout? If so, we can’t wait for the “Chipotle/Kenny Powers” national marketing campaign. That would actually be cool, he did play in Mexico.

Interestingly enough, he says he doesn’t see himself as much of a pitchman. You would think the HBO star’s success would merit sponsorship opportunities from every direction, but McBride admitted that branding wasn’t his strongest attribute.

GQ: As a celebrity, do you get tons of free swag?

 “I don’t. Heineken sent me a beer keg one time. I don’t think a lot of brands want to be associated with me.”

Here’s some footage of the photoshoot GQ compiled, because an interview with the man who brought Kenny Powers to life isn’t complete without foul-language, alcohol and drug use. Needless to say, it’s NSFW, so watch it on your lunch break.

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Here’s How You Can Get $3 Chipotle Burritos For Halloween

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For the 5th year in a row, Chipotle is having a Halloween promotion where they sell their hefty burritos for a bit cheaper than you’re used to.

While in years past, just wearing a Halloween costume was enough, this year they’re pushing customers to add something unnecessary to their costume as they’re trying to drive home that they no longer use “unnecessary additives and preservatives that are typically found in fast food,” according to the official release. They don’t explain, nor give examples of what constitutes unnecessary, but it’s definitely an unnecessary addition to the promotion.

So here’s the deal:

Who: Chipotle Mexican Grill

What: $3 burritos, bowls, salads and tacos when you come in dressed up and add something unnecessary to your costume.

Why: To raise money for the Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

When: Halloween, October, 31 from 5 p.m. to close.

Other Cool Chipotle Stories: 3 Chipotle Dishes You Won’t Find On The Menu || 12 Secrets To Ordering Chipotle

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El Pollo Loco Lets Customers Have It Their Way with New ‘Create Your Own’ Bowls

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El Pollo Loco sounds like they’re taking a cue from Chipotle’s burrito bowls with their new “Create Your Own” bowl options. Starting at $5.79, the chicken chain lets customers design their own custom meals by choosing from various proteins, sides and toppings.

Creating a bowl is as easy as 1, 2, 3; customers can choose one protein from chicken breast, carnitas, or chicken thigh, oh, and you can double your meat a la Chipotle style for $1.50. To complete their custom bowl, customers can choose two sides (rice, black beans, pinto beans, broccoli), three toppings (avocado, sour cream, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, jack cheese, mango salsa, guacamole, corn), and then finish off their bowl with a sauce of choice: poblano salsa, queso, enchilada sauce or creamy cilantro dressing.

The “Create Your Own” bowls will be available for about five weeks and are available via drive-thru and in-store.

H/T Nation’s Restaurant News + PicThx Brand Eating