FX brought out the majority of their talent at last night's upfront event, and I was able to snag a few minutes each with two of the stars of their biggest comedies -- Nick Kroll and Charlie Day -- to discuss their upcoming respective seasons of (hopeful) O.J. Simpson cameos and child pageants. Read on for all the highly inappropriate insider details.
What's in store for the new season?
Nick Kroll: The reign of Ruxin will be horrible. If the first two seasons have taught us anything, it's that my character is an asshole. My guess is that he will pay the piper. Generally there seems to be the curse of the Shiva, that whoever wins, next year befalls something terrible. Pete won the first season, and then he got divorced. Andre won the Shiva and then he defiled the Shiva and came in last place. So I wouldn't be surprised if something awful happened to Ruxin.
I know you haven't started filming yet, but any other storylines you'd love to see for Ruxin?
NK: It seems to be fun to see Ruxin get into fights with huge black athletes. I personally don't believe in it, but Ruxin seems to find some joy in it. It is the one time that I can talk shit to huuuuge men and have no ramifications for it. I'd also personally like to see Ruxin have a few affairs.
Really? I sort of don't see him as a cheater.
NK: No, you're right, when push comes to shove Ruxin's probably too scared of contracting some sort of disease. He's too hygienic to have affairs. Or he might think it's some sort of collusion from the other guys in the league to disrupt his reign. But other than I just love throwing barbs. I think that's the joy of the show, just us constantly emasculating each other. Including Jenny.
Are there plans to let Jenny stay in the league next season?
NK: I hope so. It's very fun for Jenny and me to mess around in those scenes because our characters are the most conniving.
And El Cuñado will be back?
NK: Rafi will hopefully be back. I assume El Cuñado will make appearances. As I said, the reign of Ruxin will be horrible and hopefully unlucky, and therefore I would assume Rafi is involved.
Would you ever switch it up and do a fantasy baseball season?
NK: The crazy thing about baseball is that you have to re-do your lineup every day, and I know that both us as human beings and our characters on the show are too incompetent. The actors nor the characters they're portraying have the mind capabilities nor the ambition to set a lineup every day.
Who's on your wish list of ridiculous athlete guest stars?
NK: We went after Andre the Giant and found out that he passed away. We are currently going after O.J. -- I'm currently going after O.J. personally. We're seeing if we can get O.J. paroled to do a guest appearance.
[At this point Mark Duplass (Pete) and Katie Aselton (Jenny) walk over and join the conversation.]
Mark Duplass: I would say Walter Payton, but that might be insensitive.
NK: Yeah, he might be a tough get right now. You know who would be great? Brian Bosworth. The Boz! Who has acting experience, he did a movie.
MD: Yeah, in like 1990. What was it called? It was good, too. He, like, infiltrated a biker gang.
TWoP: Sons of Anarchy crossover!
NK: Yes! Definitely. So that's the big plan, is for us to crossover into Sons of Anarchy. We get into a big fight with their gang, and they slit all of our throats.
Katie Aselton: And Jenny goes off with Charlie Hunnam! I don't know what happened!
MD: We should get Dan Marino, too. He was upset he lost out on an Oscar nomination for Ace Ventura.
NK: Yeah, and we can all get those gloves.
[On that note, switching gears now to Charlie Day of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.]
Have you started work on the new season yet?
Charlie Day: We have! We're about halfway through writing it. We're going to start filming next month. We've got a great episode where we reveal that Danny DeVito's character has a brother, and they're estranged, they haven't spoken in 30 or so years. And he comes back to the bar and we kind of find out the history of their relationship, and we flash back to the '60s and '70s where they were in love with the same woman. It's a highly stylized episode, it's gonna be really funny. Other than that we're gonna deal with child pageants and Facebook, dealing with all that.
What's the latest thing that FX has rejected from you guys?
CD: They really don't reject anything anymore. If anything, I think they push us further and further every season now.
Is there a lot of pressure to top yourselves every season?
CD: No, because that never leads to anything good. We just go by what we find funny, and you just have to trust that and hope that it translates to people. If one day what we find funny people don't find funny, then we'll hopefully we'll find some younger, funnier people to trust, but for now we gotta just trust our instincts.
Is there anything you won't joke about?
CD: I won't joke about bad comedy. I take that very seriously. No, nothing's over the line. It's all about how you approach the material. On this show we deal with topics that might feel unapproachable, but then we try to figure out what's relatable and funny about it.
Would you ever do another musical episode?
CD: Yeah, possibly. There will definitely be musical numbers in episodes -- there will be some musical numbers in this season, probably in that child pageant episode.
Yeah, about that child pageant episode...
CD: It's something that Frank gets mixed up in that he didn't realize had to do with kids. He's worried it's really gonna tarnish his good name.
A lot of shows do departure episodes from a minor character's point of view. Would you ever write an all-Artemis episode, or an all-McPoyle episode?
CD: Yes, we've talked about it before, but they're busy actors and they're tough to pin down. But we're definitely open to it. It would be fun.
Any plans to do another tour?
CD: Yeah! We're talking about it, but you know, people's schedules and everything. We'd probably do The Nightman Cometh again, or -- who knows? -- maybe something new.
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