Joel McHale Talks Sons of Anarchy, Community
Joel McHale | Photo Credits: Tyler Golden/NBC
Joel McHale's Sons of Anarchy character doesn't have a last name. There are a few possible explanations for this, according to the Community star, who starts a two-episode arc on Sons tonight: "That's either some serious arrogance, or he's delusional. Or he's a wrestler." McHale pauses for dramatic effect. "He's not a wrestler." In fact, he's con-man Warren, who blows into Charming and starts spending time with Gemma (Katey Sagal). Neither Gemma's son — and SAMCRO president — Jax (Charlie Hunnam), nor her lover Nero (Jimmy Smits), take kindly to McHale's charmer. "You've seen the show," McHale says. "Not many people survive."
McHale called up TV Guide Magazine a couple weeks ago — before NBC benched Community — for a long, occasionally silly talk about Sons, Community, and why he's hungry all the time.
TV Guide Magazine: So, you just finished shooting the Sons arc not too long ago, and... Actually, what episode of Community are you guys shooting?
Joel McHale: We'll start shooting episode six of our 13-episode order next week. I can't believe we're nearly halfway done. I would kill to get that back nine [episodes].
TV Guide Magazine: Who would you kill?
McHale: Oh! I would be some sort of burnt sacrifice. A virgin... But it doesn't have to be a human virgin. It could be like a cockroach. No, I would love for them to give us the back nine. I know the cast is up for it.
TV Guide Magazine: How are the new guys treating you?
McHale: Well, there's no new cast members.
TV Guide Magazine: No, no, but the head wri—
McHale: Oh, well I guess there's Malcolm McDowell, playing our professor. I'm really looking forward to when he comes back. Not that he wasn't involved, but it was one of those things where it was like, that was the appetizer, and I would like the main course of Malcolm McDowell. And then James Brolin [playing Jeff Winger's dad]. I met him very briefly last year, and he is more of a man than men can dream of. He's a pilot and a race car driver. And I don't think people know this, but he can be really goofy. So yeah, in that sense it's been really exciting. I was glad that as far as the approach and the spirit of the show, all the new people want to keep that intact and keep that going. 'Cause I think our uniqueness and ambition have really carried us a long way. I know the cast cares deeply about the product it's part of.
TV Guide Magazine: You can tell, listening to you guys talk about the show, that you guys love it almost on par with your children.
McHale: Well, I see those people more than I do my children. That's not a joke. That's the other thing: It's the best job in the world, believe me, but it does get kind of crazy, to the point where you don't have clean clothes. I've worked very hard on this thing, and so has the entire cast and crew, so that's why I want to see it go to, uh, six seasons and a movie. Or! Twelve seasons and a theme park.
TV Guide Magazine: I would buy a ticket to that. Okay: Sons of Anarchy. What brings Warren to Charming? Is Gemma his mark? Because that's a terrible idea.
McHale: I will say that he has a lot of interaction with her.
TV Guide Magazine: Is he white-trash-y like the MC, or a little slicker?
McHale: He's a little slicker. But he's not necessarily brave. He's a true con man in that he will try to get out of everything. On a scale of thieves, Warren would be way on the douchebag side. Whereas Robin Hood would be on the "Eh, I can bring that guy home and meet the parents" end.