No matter how reprehensible, “It’s Always Sunny” isn’t afraid of doing whatever it takes to push the envelope, and most of the time, this means pushing the actors, who do many of their own stunts (per Yahoo! News), to their limits as well. For evidence of this, look no further than that time when Rob McElhenney gained 50 pounds in Season 7 just to mock other sitcoms that routinely made their characters more conventionally attractive as they progressed (via Reuters).
Most of the time, though, when the tight-knit cast and writers push the boundaries of the unacceptable, everyone is on the same page. But one April Fool’s Day, Glenn Howerton revealed on Reddit that the showrunners sent DeVito a fake script that was just about as outlandish as they could imagine, and for the first time ever, he called them up and said, “I can’t do this, guys.”
The plot, written into a spec script someone had sent to the show, involved Frank Reynolds going to jail and immediately being sexually assaulted. So he joins the white supremacists for protection, and the first thing they do is sexually assault him. The same thing happens again with the prison guards … You get the idea. It’s off-putting (to put it mildly) and controversial at every single level. To be fair, that’s true of most “Sunny” storylines, but for once we may have discovered their limit. We certainly discovered DeVito’s.
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