“The Soup” host Joel McHale gets his butt kicked on ‘Anarchy’ fling
When “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter approached Joel McHale about playing a con man named Warren for a two-episode stint beginning next week, McHale’s demands were modest.
“He asked if I wanted to be on,” says McHale, “and I said, ‘Well, make sure the money is the highest you’ve paid anyone, and then I’ll do it.’
“I got $6.8 million for my appearance. It was great.”
Perhaps. But whatever McHale was paid, his real prize was getting to play a character so far from the snarky class clown he’s established as ex-lawyer Jeff Winger on NBC’s “Community” (whose debut was postponed indefinitely last night) and on E!’s “The Soup.”
McHale’s appearance started as something of a joke last November, when Sutter and Sagal appeared in a comedy bit on “The Soup.”
Sutter and McHale joked then about the comedian appearing on the show at some point. So, when Warren was being cast, McHale came to mind.
“Warren is this con man working a couple [of] different angles, ripping off older women and stuff like that,” says Sutter.
“It’s definitely a character that’s darker and slimier than Joel has played before, and he was great. We introduce him in this episode, and do just horrible things to him in the next one.”