The cast of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia have opened up about their relationship with drinking and whether they believe themselves to be alcoholics.
Showrunners Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day and creator Rob McElhenney spoke candidly about the way they view and use alcohol, with Rob openly admitting he believes he is an alcoholic.
His remarks came on Monday’s episode of The Always Sunny Podcast, where the stars look back on old episodes and recall behind-the-scenes moments; a previous episode revealed how the stars almost quit in season one amid an argument with FX about a ‘paedophile priest’ character.
In the season two episode The Gang Gives Back, it’s revealed that The Waitress is an alcoholic when Charlie Kelly ends up in an AA meeting with her and, after mentioning this plot point, Glenn asked his co-stars outright if he thought they were alcoholics.
‘Oh I am,’ Rob, who is married to co-star Kaitlin Olson, said immediately. ‘Yes.’
The 44-year-old revealed he has had family members who ‘literally drank themselves to death’, but ‘rationalises’ his own use of alcohol as he isn’t waking up and having a drink first thing in the morning.
‘I would say, “I’m not like that, I have one Manhattan every night”. But if I don’t, I’m like, “I gotta have that Manhattan”,’ he explained.
Rob, admitting ‘this is a bad sign’, said he sometimes tells himself he won’t have a drink that night, but when it gets to the time he usually has a Manhattan he will give in and ‘just have one’.
Charlie made light of the situation by suggesting Rob was simply ‘addicted to one Manhattan,’ with a laughing Rob assuring them he didn’t crave a drink in the middle of the day.
However later in the show he mentioned how he simply loves alcohol, with Charlie, who had clearly missed his earlier revelation, stating: ‘Maybe you are an alcoholic.’
‘Yes!’ Rob said. ‘I said that!’
‘It hasn’t ruined my life,’ the actor, who co-owns Wrexham FC with Ryan Reynolds added.
‘And all signs are pointing to that continuing.’
As the creator of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelpha, Rob is the mastermind behind the longest-running live-action sitcom in the world.
The cult favourite is currently on its 15th season and shows no signs of coming to an end any time soon.
Season 15 saw the gang embark on a trip to Ireland, the first time the show was filmed outside of the US – however neither Ireland nor the UK have a premiere date for the new episodes.
The Always Sunny Podcast is available on Spotify, Google and Apple Podcasts.
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