Charlie Day's Monstrous Summer And The Future Of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-06-19 23:50:06discussion comments

Iím actually a huge Sunny fan, and the fact that youíre coming up on nine seasons this year is absolutely phenomenal. And I honestly think that the eighth season is one of the best you guys have put on.

The eighth season is maybe my favorite season weíve ever done.

Most shows that are on nine years, you see the degradation, but you guys have just kept it going for so long.

You know, itís a good group of people. That goes a long way, so chemistry is a big part of it, and I think Rob and Glenn and myself, really, really want to do good work, so we are constantly trying to figure out whatís a better and better and better episode of the show. And last year, we still havenít figured out exactly what makes one great and what makes one just ok, but weíre just trying to get it right.

At this point is it kind of a thing where if FX says, ďKeep making episodes,Ē youíll keep doing it? Whatís the showís future?

I think so. I know that weíre definitely doing a tenth season, and then itís really up to FX whether or not we do more, but I just love those people. I love those characters and I love how happy it makes the fans. Itís the best job. Itís the best thing Iíve ever been a part of, and I think keeping the seasons small, we decided weíd just do ten episodes from here on out, really enables us to make sure that each one is sort of precious and that we put as much thought as we can into them. I think we probably would have burned out if we were doing 22 a year. We wouldnít have lasted this long.

Could you see yourself working with Rob and Glenn on other projects, possibly in the film world?

Absolutely, absolutely, and I hope that we do and the three of us keep talking about doing a movie together and itís a little bit hard to split our focus between... After a season of Sunny, we usually need a break from each other, but I think hopefully weíll churn out some stuff pretty soon.

Just to kind of go back to Monsters University, thereís an incredibly strong and mature message in this film, tackling subjects like self-acceptance and the idea that there are just some things that are out of your control. You have to accept who you are and your positions in life. Iím curious about your feelings on that message, and as a father, what you think that message means for young audiences.

If my son learns that lesson early in life, or at any point in life, Iíll be a very happy dad. Itís really something that, you know, everyone except maybe Tom Brady, has had to learn, that, and I bet even he had some awkward years at some point. Before he turned into a supermodel/best quarterback in the NFL [laughs]. But for the rest of us, certainly for me, growing up small and covered in freckles, you had to learn what was interesting or good or ok about you, and I know thatís the case with everyone out there, and sometimes thereís some sadness to it, but then thereís that liberated moment in your life, where most people get to a point where they say, ďHey, Iím ok.Ē
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