Obviously, the universe that these characters live in is a little bit heightened. A character does something that supposedly is funny, but it’s not something that would ever help the character achieve his goal, so it just loses all of its credibility.
But, a lot of the work that we do, when we come up with these big things that we do, is to work really, really hard to make sure that, at least for the characters, what they’re doing is justified, at least to them. Figuring out how to get into it and what it has to do with the world, so that it feels like its relevant, as opposed to just a joke, [is another]. Characters have to have some credibility and something that they actually need.
HOWERTON: In Mac’s mind, his excuse is that he’s been spending all this time building up his mass and bulking up, with the idea being that he’s eventually going to chisel it down and he’ll be this big, massive, muscular beast.
Mc ELHENNEY: I was watching a very popular sitcom and noticing about how the characters were getting better looking, as the seasons progressed.
We work really hard to make sure that our stuff just isn’t like, “Yeah, that’s a funny joke.” It’s gotta feel like there’s something more happening, so there’s a little depth to it. It sounds really stupid, but it’s got to be grounded.
One of the things that we pride ourselves on is that you can watch the show multiple times and get more from it because that’s what we challenge ourselves with. I just mean that there are a lot of things to make fun of. At this point in the run of the series, does FX let you do what you want? It’s not that they didn’t trust us before, it’s just that we were all figuring the show out together. We give them episodes and they’re pretty good at honing in on what’s good about the episode, and sometimes topping it and giving us other ideas. With things getting darker this season, do you guys get more empty and depraved, or do you warm up a little bit?
(Danny De Vito joined the show in season two.) “The show started as a night terror, basically,” says Howerton.We didn’t want to just do something where they just decide to throw a kids’ pageant because that’s fucking ridiculous. HOWERTON: The challenge is not coming up with concepts or ideas for what these characters can get into.The challenge is always building a good story around it and grounding it, in its own way. HOWERTON: One of my biggest pet peeves is that I just don’t like it when characters do things that are funny to the writer, but you don’t know why they’re doing it and it doesn’t make any sense.Here are some things to know about the actress behind bison-handed, bird-like “Sweet Dee.”1.Olson was raised on a farm in Oregon where she used to pick her own vegetables. She has broken her back, heel and foot while filming “Always Sunny.” Once, she even fell through the floorboards and tore her calf open on a steel spike.3. Wiig and Olson were the final two actresses in audition.4. ” Olson refused to use a stunt double and rammed her own head into the parked car.5.
After observing a couple of scenes being shot, which were connected to the baby storyline from Season 6, and taking a tour of the sets, which included the very recognizable Paddy’s Pub, we were treated to a delicious catered lunch and then brought into a conference room to wait for the cast.