A Minute With: 'Sunny' Charlie Day on oddballs, 'Horrible Bosses'

Wed Nov 26, 2014 4:48pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From playing the screeching, illiterate, cat food-eating Charlie Kelly on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" to the hapless, tortured, dim-witted Dale on "Horrible Bosses", Charlie Day has found his niche with oddball characters.

Day, 38, is one of the founding members, actors, writers and executive producers of FX Networks' hit comedy "Always Sunny", a show about four selfish, narcissistic friends who own a bar.

As Day reprises his role as Dale in raunchy workplace revenge comedy "Horrible Bosses 2", he spoke to Reuters about his challenges and life post-"Sunny".

Q: What characters are you drawn to?

A: Charlie Kelly is something that we created in 2005, and I've continued playing him through 2015. When this movie came along, it was a very similar kind of character, and it didn't really make sense to do it any different. Except (Dale) can probably read and write.

The movie is actually really similar to our TV show, in terms of the three guys and the trouble they get into, so it didn't feel like I needed to change it too much, and it was also a way to get that humor to a larger audience.

Q: How do you avoid being a horrible boss on "Sunny"?   Continued...

Cast member Charlie Day of the film " Horrible Bosses 2" pose for a portrait during a photo call in Beverly Hills, California November 10, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian