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LAist Interview: Charlie Day of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"

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LAist had the chance to talk to Charlie Day a couple weeks ago. He's the co-creator, writer, producer, and actor in FX's It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia[FX, 10:00pm Thursday], the best and most outlandish cable comedy on TV. Day created the series after shooting the pilot with a couple friends in their apartments and guerilla-style on the streets of LA. FX picked it up and the team lucked out getting Danny DeVito on board as well as directors like Fred Savage.

We started the questions off asking about the McPoyle Clan, the hilarious rivals to Charlie and his bar buddies.

LAist: Hello, Charlie. I wanted to ask, what was the inspiration for the McPoyle clan? They’re amazing; the caricatures of them when they come on, the whole bunch of them are very riveting.

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Charlie Day: Jimmy Simpson and Nate Mooney, the two very inspired actors who play Ryan and Liam McPoyle, are good friends of mine from way back when. Jimmy Simpson and I were roommates in New York City for many years and all the original home videos started with Jimmy. I think he even helped us out a little bit when we made the Sunny pilot; I think I remember him coming in and holding cameras for us one day. Nate Mooney as well, I’ve been friends with for a long time.

When we were writing their first episode, we had this idea for these crazy brothers and we basically tailor-made the roles for Jimmy and Nate, knowing what they could bring to a scene and how very talented they are. I think one of our secrets to the success of the show is to exploit the talents of all the talented people that we know and those two, I think we have gotten the most mileage out of.

Now the name McPoyle, I went to college with a guy named Brendan McPoyle who is absolutely nothing like those characters whatsoever, although he did have 13 brothers and sisters. I just always thought it was a funny name, so I gave them that name. I’ve since heard from friends who were at a wedding that he’s not happy about it, so I do apologize. I no longer have his phone number, but it’s all in good fun.

LAist: We’ll spread the word.

Charlie Day: I think the inspiration behind the characters was really the talents of Jimmy Simpson and Nate Mooney.

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[More interview after the jump!]