On episode 299 of Scriptnotes it was a special live show where they had special guests Rob McElhenny, the creator of ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ and Rian Johnson, the writer and director for the upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. The conversation from both of them was entertaining as well as inspirational for up and comers who want to make it in the industry.
Rob McElhenny, who created, writes, and stars in the hit Fx show ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ joins Craig Mazen and discusses how this up and coming season will make the the longest running live action comedy sitcom in television history. He says in the past twelve years have flown by and he just plans on continuing the show as long as he can. He said he loves what he does and he loves his cast that are also his friends and writers of the show. Cast member Danny DeVito told him that it doesn’t get much better than how he has it right now and he agrees. He discusses how when he started he was desperate, working small jobs in bars around town as well as being an unsuccessful actor. He said he originally wrote a script that was dark and serious and when given to Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, the other members of the show, they thought that the script was funny. So they practiced shooting it several times before it actually was good and then the pitched it and the rest is history.
Ryan Johnston, the writer and director for the next up and coming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, coming in talking very little actually about the film but also speaking about making a name in the industry. He talks about how it took him several years to make his directorial debut Brick. He talks about it being rejected a couple times but he persisted through. He is asked how he stayed motivated and persisted through after it taking years to make and he gave the advise to “double down on substance” and just do it. Going out and practicing is better for you to do before trying to figure out how the business works first.
It was a very fun episode to listen to because I’m a big fan of both ‘It’s always Sunny’ and Rian Johnson and it is endearing to hear about what they went through to get their start.