'Sons of Anarchy' Joel McHale: 'I play a con man named Ryan Seacrest'

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Joel-McHale-Sons-of-Anarchy-Before-the-Anarchy.jpgTonight (Tuesday, Oct. 16), Joel McHale shows off his more dramatic side in the first of a two-episode arc on FX's motorcycle-club drama "Sons of Anarchy."

Or maybe not.

"What about 'Sons of Anarchy'?" he says, in between dealing with a four-year-old child who has "the sniffles." "It's the comedy of motorcycle gangs."

On the other hand, his regular gig, NBC's "Community" -- the new season of which was benched by the network for an unspecified period -- may be in a for a big change.

"No," says McHale, "it's become a drama. It's a lot like 'American Horror Story' now. It's pretty much the same. It's terrifying. You see those posters for that movie, 'Sinister,' that's actually for 'Community.'"

Obviously, one shouldn't take everything McHale says seriously.

Asked how he came to be on "Sons," McHale explains, "Well, we had [series star] Katey Sagal and [her husband, series creator] Kurt Sutter on 'The Soup.' I was chatting with Kurt, and he just asked me outright whether I was interested in being on the show. I was, like, 'No, I'm not,' and he finally put enough money together to talk me into going."


"No, that's a joke. Yeah, he asked me if I would be on it, and, of course, I jumped at the opportunity. Such a good show."

As to his role, McHale says, "I play a con man named Ryan Seacrest."


McHale tries again, saying, "His name is Warren, and he's not a good man. He's a bad man. sons-of-anarchy-season-five.jpg He definitely does not have a heart of gold. It's made of sheetrock."

He also got to do some fun things with nice people (and he means that).

"It was tremendous," he says. "They do so many stunts and locations, lots of gunfire, props, motorcycles. It's run so incredibly efficiently, it's really impressive to watch. Everyone is really nice and happy to be there.

"The cast, as tough and bada** as they are on television, they're really welcoming and warm. They hang out with each other. It''s really great."

Most of McHale's scenes were with Sagal, who plays motorcycle-club matriarch Gemma Teller Morrow, and with Jimmy Smits, who plays Gemma's lover, pimp Nero.

"That was great," McHale says.

As to whether he got to ride a motorcycle in the show, McHale says. "No."

Does he ride a motorcycle? "No."

Does he want to ride a motorcycle? "No, definitely not. Those things are dangerous. They're not good for your heath. You've got to be really good at riding them. I'd be terrible."

A father of two sons, McHale would rather be on the floor playing with his kids.

"That's way less dangerous," he says, "except I got head-butted by my kid the other day. He head-butted me, and he made my mouth bleed. He goes, 'Daddy, it's OK, my head does not hurt.'"

Although he didn't hop on a Harley, McHale did get to do some fun stuff.

"There's some gunplay," he says. "There's some stunt driving; there's some fighting. It all got put together; it was great."
Photo/Video credit: FX