Rob McElhenney

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Quotes (12)

  • Rob: (On the creation of Boldly Going Nowhere) We grew up watching shows like Star Trek, anything having to do with the future, and it was always about the adventures they'd go on, We thought it would be funny to watch what goes on in between those adventures, when they're waiting for the next big thing to happen. How do they keep themselves busy?

  • Rob: (On his meeting with Danny DeVito) The meeting was official. But he lived next to Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston while they were getting divorced. There were people everywhere taking pictures. Danny didn't have any stalkers, so I was the one guy stalking Danny.

  • Rob: (On his It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia character Mac) Mac is exceptionally vain, in fact the entire Gang is, Mac works from a pathetic place of insecurity. These people are uneducated, unmotivated and just live to just get one over each other.

  • Rob: (On networks looking for good material) Everybody out here in Hollywood is looking for good material. Everybody wants the next best thing, and they don't care if it's Steven Spielberg bringing it to them or if it's Sally O'Brien living in Cleveland. All they care about is the material. The creative people are now doing what they do and then going right to the networks, right to the studios. And if it's funny, somebody will put it on the air.

  • Rob: (On FX network shows he likes to watch) 30 Days is an amazing show, I met Morgan Spurlock at one of the FX things, he's awesome. This summer too, I watched The Riches, that was really good too.

  • Rob: (On talk shows) They want to see tape on you. They want to know you're not going to just come on their show and be a drag. I can understand that. It's just hard to promote our show unless they invite us on. However, Danny is going to do The View again and we're going to be on that.

  • Rob: (On getting rid of his South Philadelphia accent) [voice drops] Oh yeah, yeah, I got ridda it a long time ago. People'd ohways ask me, when I ask them for wudder, they'd be like, whadderya talkinabout? [back to Hollywood voice] I started doing commercials, and they said, "Look, we want to hire you, but you sound like a hood. People in Iowa are not going to want to buy butter from a guy like you. You gotta drop the tough-guy routine." I was like, "I'm not a tough guy!"

  • Rob: (On being cut out of movies) I was cut out of a lot of movies. My first job was The Devil's Own. I had a scene with Harrison Ford and a scene with Brad Pitt, and I was like, this is amazing! Then I got cut out of the entire movie. It happened again in Wonder Boys. I played opposite Katie Holmes, and I was her boyfriend. I got cut out of that, too.

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Trivia (16)

  • It takes Rob 11½ months to write, direct and shoot 15 episodes of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

  • Rob along with Danny DeVito rang the opening bell for the Philadelphia Stock Exchange on the 6th June 2007.

  • People often joke about Rob looking like the The Sixth Sense actor Haley Joel Osment, and often ask if sees dead people.

  • Rob starred as himself in a short feature titled Danny DeVito & The Contract on the 27th August 2007, also starring as themselves are Danny DeVito, Charlie Day, Fred Savage and Rhea Perlman.

  • Rob was interviewed on the FOX television show Life After Film School (Season one, Episode 19) which aired on 9th September 2007.

  • Rob starred in a television commercial for Nike in 1999.

  • Rob's favourite bands/artists are Avenged Sevenfold, System of a Down, Pink Floyd, Metallica, The Eagles and The Pixies.

  • Rob met with 'Lost' co-creator and executive producer Damon Lindelof who was a fan of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia', and offered to give Rob a small role in as Aldo in the season three episode 'Not In Portland'.

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