Joel McHale is perhaps best known for his comedic efforts, whether it's on NBC's "Community" or E!'s long-running reality recap show "The Soup." However, this fall season sees McHale tackling a rare dramatic role on FX's biker gang drama "Sons of Anarchy." TV Guide had a chance to speak with the actor about the new role.
McHale's bread and butter still resides with his NBC sitcom. With "Community"'s loyal cult following comes a slew of notable offbeat guest stars. McHale told TV Guide who he was most looking forward to working with this year. "Oh... 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." McHale said. "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."
McHale brings some of that classic Jeff Winger smarmy charm with him in his guest arc on FX's "Sons of Anarchy," where he plays slick con man Warren. The actor/comedian is eager to embrace the slimeball nature of his latest character. "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," McHale explains.
Warren sets his sights on Katey Segal's Gemma, an act that any fan of the show should know is not the wisest of moves regardless of how charming a person can be. Consequently, don't expect Warren to be sticking around for too long.
"You've seen the show," McHale says. "Not many people survive."