Dennis Reynolds is one of the most deplorable characters on television - just like the rest of his friends and family on FX's hit comedy 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.' Played by Glenn Howerton, Dennis is vain, narcissistic, believes that the D.E.N.N.I.S. system can win over any woman, and considers himself to be a genius.
Howerton recently talked to the Hollywood Reporter about the series, how he differs from Dennis, and more. Here are some highlights from that interview.
The Hollywood Reporter: You recently tackled online gaming on Sunny. Are any of you gamers?
Howerton: None of us really play video games at all, but we’re always looking to tell stories about the kinds of things people are getting into. The game in the episode is calledTechpocalypse, which is a real game. You can actually go on the game and run into our characters
THR: Earlier in the season, Dennis ruined a man’s business by revealing his son had given Mac an insider trading tip. That seemed pretty savvy, even for Dennis. Are there limits to what Dennis can do intellectually?Howerton: The only thing holding him back from being the smartest guy in the group -- besides Frank, who is clearly the better businessman -- is his ego. His own vanity. He might be setting out on a course that is smart or intelligent or good for him, but the second something damages his ego, he gets derailed.
THR: There have been a few episodes this season that look back at previous storylines. How does bringing back old threads work with characters who don’t seem to learn any lessons for their pasts?
Howerton: This year, we never intentionally set out to bring back a lot of things from the past. That just kind of happened naturally. We’ve always played a little bit in the world of recurring themes and consequences that carry through. The waitress would be the biggest example of that. The relationship between her and Charlie has an actual progression. To some degree, to ground the show in reality, there have to be consequences to actions.
THR: Do you feel more pressure as the show has become better known?
Howerton: It’d have been scarier if at the very beginning we’d had this pressure of spending millions of dollars on the show and having been on a big network trying to please a big audience. From the very beginning we were like “this is a tiny show made for no money.” We established “let’s do whatever we want, and if we fail, that’s OK. At least we tried.” It’s never been this giant, megalithic show. It’s always been this little, weird thing. Now it’s become a really big little thing, where we do what we want.
THR: What is your favorite episode of the season we haven't seen yet?
Howerton: I am really excited about all of them, honestly. But I will say this second-to-last episode, “The Gang Dines Out,” that might be one of my favorite episodes we’ve ever done. The entire episode takes place in a restaurant with all of our characters. It gets very petty. It’s a little bit more like a play than an episode of television -- it’s very dialogue-driven and very relationship-driven. I always tend to really enjoy those smaller episodes.