Rob McElhenney first heard about the performance a few weeks ago at a Wrexham soccer match. He knew that Glenn Howerton, his longtime “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” co-star, had shaved his glorious locks for his first major starring film role in “BlackBerry.” What he didn’t know is how much of his sitcom character Howerton had also buzzed away to play the volatile businessman who helped launch the mobile device revolution.
“I just have to tell you, your friend, Glenn, is fantastic,” Shawn Levy, the director of “Night of the Museum” and the upcoming “Deadpool 3,” told him at the game.
“Well, have you ever seen him before?” said McElhenney.
“I only know him from ‘Sunny,’” said Levy, “and I just never put two and two together.”
Since 2005, Howerton, 47, has played Dennis Reynolds on the FX sitcom with McElhenney, Charlie Day and Kaitlin Olson. (Danny DeVito arrived in Season 2; the show’s 16th season arrives in June.) Dennis is a handsome man with ugly ways, a predatory narcissist who just happens to keep zip ties and duct tape in his trunk. “Sunny,” on which Howerton also serves as a writer, has maintained its popularity as the cable era morphed into the streaming era, becoming the longest-running live-action sitcom in television history. (Surpassing, yes, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.”) And while Howerton has had a range of small outside gigs, one network sitcom starring role (“A.P. Bio”) and a few dramatic close calls — nearly beating out Chris Pine to take on Captain Kirk and Chris Pratt for “Guardians of the Galaxy” — he is best known for playing Reynolds of the patented “D.E.N.N.I.S. System.”
Which is to say he occupies an odd spot in popular culture. “Sunny” is a television staple, lauded by fans for putting a fearless, satirical twist on hot-button topics such as abortion, race and sexual harassment. But the closest it has come to an Emmy is being nominated three times for stunt coordination. That general lack of establishment respect extends to Howerton, whose turns on “Sunny” range from sordid soliloquies to the slapstick of a covid-induced coughing fit.
“The most frustrating part,” says Day, “is we just sold out Royal Albert Hall, two shows with thousands of screaming fans, yet within the industry somebody might be surprised that Glenn is a great actor. And it just goes to show you that they’re not actually watching the show. Or they’re not watching it closely enough. Because for any person who’s a real fan of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ there’s no question in their minds that Glenn is an elite performer.’” [More at Source]
Glenn stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers last night where he talked about his recent trip to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his marriage and the upcoming season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Glenn stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden last week where he talked about A.P. Bio & the upcoming season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that may or may not have Dennis. Check out the videos below and make sure to head to the gallery to check out the appearance photos.
It feels appropriate to be speaking to Glenn Howerton in the midst of a snowstorm—one so furious that it’s technically thundersnowing. This is the man best known for playing Dennis Reynolds on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and though it’s the opposite of sunny in New York at the moment, the character that made Howerton famous is like a bad weather system that spoils everything it touches. He’s essentially the show’s main character, and also its most unpalatable: vain, exploitative, and prone to fits of incredible rage. A man who, fittingly, likes to see himself as a force of nature in his own right, having once threatened to come down on a man “like the crashing of a thousand waves.”
A character like Dennis is hard to escape, especially for the actor who’s been writing and playing him for twelve seasons. It was a shock when it was announced Howerton would be stepping down from the cult classic FX show to head his own NBC sitcom, A.P. Bio, as Jack Griffin, a misanthrope teacher more interested in destroying his Harvard nemesis than he is actually teaching kids a single thing. It’s certainly within his wheelhouse, but an hour with Howerton reveals just how thoughtful he is with the roles he selects, and the one he’s been inextricably tied to—for better or worse—for thirteen years.
GQ sat down with Howerton—thundersnow notwithstanding—to discuss this new phase of his career, the fallacy of the “American Dream,” and what he regrets about the early seasons of Sunny. [Source]
Following up on his first stop for the day, Glenn made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers to continuo promoting the special preview of A.P. Bio coming on February 01! Check out the photos and videos from the interview.
Glenn stopped by Build Series NY yesterday where he got to talk about the premier of his upcoming show A.P. Bio on NBC. A special preview of the show will air tomorrow so make sure to check it out. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos and videos from the appearance.