'Sons of Anarchy': Joel McHale Reflects on His Wild Ride Into Charming
The "Community" star appeared as a conman on Tuesday’s episode of FX's hit show.
On Tuesday’s Sons of Anarchy, Joel McHale’s character, Warren, swept into Charming for a brief visit, leaving a path of destruction in his wake.
[Warning: Spoilers from the Tuesday, Oct. 23 episode.]
It turns out the conman’s con is sleeping with women and robbing them -- and at the beginning of Tuesday’s episode, we find out his latest victim is Gemma (Katey Sagal).
Of course, this leads to her son Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Gemma’s new ex-beau Nero Padilla (Jimmy Smits) both going after Warren.
But surprisingly for a show that’s infamous for its bloody, dramatic deaths, Warren isn’t killed off. Sure, he’s nearly thrown onto a freeway and later beaten up, but he walks away.
“Everyone was like, ‘Hey, you weren’t killed,’” McHale tells The Hollywood Reporter. “They’re like, ‘That doesn’t happen -- usually everyone dies.’”
McHale, who stars on NBC’s Community, says he met Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter and his wife Sagal when they appeared on his talk show, The Soup.
“That’s where the love began. Kurt and I started a relationship -- a Twitter relationship more than anything -- and then just out of the blue he was like, ‘Would you want to come on the show?’” says McHale.
“I don’t know if he wrote the character with me in mind, or if he already had it going and stuck me in, but it was really fun to play,” says McHale, whose guest arc concluded after two episodes.
McHale’s scenes took place at what he describes as a “fleabag motel” in the northern part of Los Angeles.
“I imagine there’ve been a lot of condoms and needles used in that motel,” McHale says.
At the very end of last week’s episode, Warren picks up Gemma in a bar, and at the beginning of Tuesday’s we find him in bed with the SAMCRO matriarch.
“She’s like a grand dame of Hollywood,” McHale says of Sagal. “She has not stopped working since 1986 or something. When Married With Children hit, she just never stopped.”
“And she should be given nine Emmys for her work on this show. She’s a tremendous actor,” he adds. Sagal won a Golden Globe for her work in 2011, but the FX hit has been surprisingly missing from Emmy noms each year. “I don’t know how that show doesn’t get nominated for an Emmy for best drama every year,” adds McHale.
When Gemma wakes up, Warren has already swiped her wallet and gets away with her car as well. She calls Nero and Jax, who then go after the con artist. They end up tracking him down, and nearly throw him onto the highway, but decide there are too many witnesses.
Nero isn’t done with Warren, however, and later in the episode, he tracks him down, and beats him until he’s lying in a pool of his own blood.
McHale says the beat-down was a fun scene because he got to do his own stunts, and that the whole thing took a couple hours to shoot.
But because Warren isn’t actually murdered, there’s always a chance he could drop back into the show in a future episode or season. McHale says he’d love an invitation to return to Charming.
“Dear god, I hope so. I would be thrilled,” he said. “Because then that would mean that my death would be much more spectacular.”
“Hopefully he’ll bring me back and I’ll be raped by a semi or something. It’ll be some horrible death,” he adds.
McHale is also awaiting news of the return of his own show, Community, which was originally scheduled to return for season four on Friday, Oct. 19, but was pulled off the schedule without news of a new return date.
McHale tells THR that he hasn’t been told anything else about a new premiere date.
“We don’t know yet. I’m just going to wait for the text message,” he says.
Sons of Anarchy airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
Email: Rebecca.Ford@thr.com; Twitter: @Beccamford