“By the time you finish writing an episode you know so thoroughly what you’re going for that you don’t have to do as much work as an actor” – Charlie Day
Though audiences know Charlie Day best for his hilarious character on TV’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the comedic actor has also had his fair share of performances on film. He appeared in Pacific Rim and also appears in its sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising. In an interview with Screen Rant, Day talks about reprising his role in the big screen action film and how it relates to his long-term role on the raunchy comedy series that has endeared him to audiences.
Day says that reprising his role does take some work to get back in the mindset of when he played the character the first time around — of course, he points out that he has experience with reprising the same role from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He says, “It takes a little prep, believe it or not. Even doing It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia where you think I’m just, like, being myself and in some ways I am and in some ways, every year I forget and I’m like, ‘Okay, wait, how do I do this?’ I don’t know if it’s self-consciousness or what it is but yeah, it takes a little bit of work to say, ‘Okay, how am I going to pull this off?'”
Being that Day also writes episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, he explains that he finds that it helps him understand his character on the show better. He says. “The writing it is the hardest part but the good news is when by the time you finish writing an episode you know so thoroughly what you’re going for that you don’t have to do as much work as an actor versus as an actor, someone just gives you a piece of script and then you have to learn it in a way that you don’t have to learn when you’ve written it.”