Joel McHale Talks 'Community', 'Sons of Anarchy' Guest Role

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.

Joel McHale

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."

- Sons of Anarchy
- Community
- Joel McHale
- FX

Written by: kyleiam
Oct 16th, 2012, 8:34 am


Message Posted On Oct 23rd, 2012, 10:34 am
Joel McHale on Sons of Anarchy really made me scratch my head for a while until I actually saw him playing this slimy character. He does seem like the kind of guy that would go for Gemma and he even admits that he has a weakness for older women in his conversation with Gemma. He even calls her mom! That made me laugh and it was completely unexpected. I’ve always got my Hopper timers set to record the season so when I get home from work I can catch up on what I’ve missed. As you mentioned, getting involved with Gemma isn’t the smartest of ideas but I’m pretty sure that he will find that out soon enough. Gemma on her own is trouble because she is constantly manipulating people. My DISH co-worker is excited to see where this goes and I have agree. I’m not sure what McHale’s character is up to but on this show it can’t be anything good.

Message Posted On Oct 16th, 2012, 4:47 pm
Looking forward to seeing him do drama!
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