Last night, I went to the opening of Mac's Tavern
(226 Market St., 267-324-5507), the new bar owned by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
cast members Rob McElehnney
(Mac), very prego wife Kaitlin Olson
(Sweet Dee) and some of Mac's high school buddies. I got a chance to talk to Olson, Mac and Glenn Howerton, aka Dennis, so click after the jump to read our convos.
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City Paper: Do you guys draw on any Philadelphia stereotypes or attitudes?
Glenn Howerton: I think there's always a bit of an edge to the Philadelphia attitude so we try to bring a little bit of that to it. But that's not hard. I don't know, it just kind of comes to us. Naturally, I guess.
CP: Do you have any preparations before a scene or anything is there a ritual you guys do or anything?
GH: Just a big ass cup of coffee, man. A lot of caffeine. Our show does take a lot of energy cuz we're always yelling and screaming and running around, jumping out of cars and crazy shit. Usually, just a hearty breakfast and a big tall cup of coffee a couple times a day usually does it for me.
Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney
CP: Sweet Dee, congratulations on your pregnancy. How are you going to keep your child sane?
Kaitlin Olson: Monday night, as soon as it comes out were going to hand it off to a set of nannies and...
Rob McElhenney: And an agent.
KO: And an agent. And then we will get it back somewhere around like 18...
RM: Or 17.
KO: Well, when it's an adult like when we can have like a real conversation with it.
CP: I know in the one episode Paddy's Pub makes a rule not to have any rules. What would happen here if you didn't have any rules?
RM: I think you're looking at it right now.
KO: Something like this.
RM: Yeah, something a little bit like this. I like that PECO showed up to do some construction right outside this evening.
KO: It's a good day for construction on the sidewalk.
RM: And the weather kept up, what is it? 105 degrees. It's really hot. I'm going to pass out in like five seconds so I would really hurry this up.
CP: Rob, what is your favorite Philadelphia beer?
KO: I'm pregnant, but I can still have my favorite lager.
CP: One little glass a day won't hurt.
KO: Yeah, I hear it's good for you.
CP: And Kaitlin since you're not originally form Philly, do you do anything to get in to the mindset of a Philadelphian? Do you chug some Yards beforehand? Do you guys throw cheesesteaks at each other, or anything?
KO: I have a 5 a.m. flip cup session every morning while I'm in hair and makeup.
RM: Just to get geared up...
KO: Yeah, just to get ready.
CP: Any bar around here that you would challenge to a flip cup competition?
KO: Ohhh good questions. Yes!
RM: Yes, Brownies or Plough & the Stars around the corner. I think we could take them they are too old and Irish.
KO: Yeah screw you.