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Rodney Ruxin Interviews Fat Mac

It's hard to know what to say when someone suddenly gains 50 pounds, especially when that someone isn't a pregnant woman. Rob McElhenney, star of FX's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," is thriving on the awkwardness he created by increasing his body mass by nearly a third – just because he thought it would be funny.

Fortunately, Nick Kroll of FX's "The League" has no filter. We were on hand recently as Kroll talked to McElhenney about his weight gain – and left no question unturned.


Before we get into it, a little background:

"Sunny" tears down sitcom conventions and aspires to make its characters as unlikeable as possible. McElhenney noticed that characters always get better looking in later seasons, as storylines get more syrupy and their stars get richer.
As his show entered its seven season, he decided sudden weight gain would be a perfect way to mock other shows and capsize the relentless vanity of his character, Mac. (He tried to get the whole cast to join in the weight gain, but all passed. His wife, Kaitlin Olson, was especially uninterested after having their first child last year.)


McElhenney has already lost nearly half the weight in a month, after spending five months packing it on. As he spoke with TheWrap and Kroll, McElhenney ate a sensible lunch of pasta and salad (pictured at right). In case you were wondering.

Warning: The following discussion of every aspect of sudden weight gain gets very graphic.

To gain the weight, you ate five 1,000-calorie meals a day. What were they?
ROB MCELHENNEY: As I started off I was doing it with chicken breast and rice and vegetables. But when you're four months in it and you have to muscle down 1,000 calories for the third time or fourth time in a day and you have to either eat three chicken breasts, two cups of rice and two cups of vegetables -- or one Big Mac -- you start to see the Big Mac and realize it's a lot easier to get down ... And then every once in a while I would eat three donuts. And every day one of my meals was a high-calorie protein shake.

NICK KROLL: You look good. It's coming off. Do you miss it?
MCELHENNEY: I do. I never felt lethargic. I felt great. I felt f---ing great.
KROLL: You felt like an American.
MCELHENNEY: And I feel like for the first time in my life I've been watching the show like, "All right, I'm almost as funny as everybody else."

Was it a fat men are jolly kind of thing?
MCELHENNEY: Yeah, I was jolly as f---. And I was just full of energy, because I was eating so much. It was just constant fuel.

KROLL: Now, did you get fat man's dick?

MCELHENNEY: Well, first of all, I don't exactly know what you mean by that, but I will say this: My legs and my gut got so big that my penis looked even smaller.
KROLL: Yeah, that's what I'm saying. Fat guy's dick.
MCELHENNEY: It's insane. It really is a very, very crushing psychological gain.
KROLL: Did it look like a penny with a button on the end?
MCELHENNEY: A friend of mine recently described his penis as a button on a fur coat. So we put that in the show this year.
Full interview at the source

Every viewer of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia should also be watching The League tbh... Also, I skipped the first image at the source for the weak of heart.
Tags: comedy / comedian, it's always sunny... (fx), television
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