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Charlie Day: Our Favorite Drinking Buddy

The ”It’s Always Sunny” star gets a big-screen breakout in ”Going the Distance”

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Why He Looks Familiar
Charlie Day, 34, is best known for playing a glue-sniffing guy, also named Charlie, on FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He also helps write and exec-produce the sitcom, which enters its sixth season next month.

Grin and Beer It
Since Sunny is set in a pub, Day had no trouble with the drinking scenes required to play Justin Long’s meddling roommate in Going the Distance. Or at least not much trouble. ”When you imbibe nine gallons of nonalcoholic beer over the course of three weeks,” says the Rhode Island-raised actor, ”you start to lose sensation in your ankles.”

A (Semi-)Serious Man
Day, who started out with dramatic parts on Law & Order and Third Watch, insists he’s nothing like his Sunny alter ego. ”It’s nice that if people stop me on the street, they’re yelling my real name instead of ‘Kramer’ or ‘Norm.’ Although they’re expecting me to act crazy. I’m actually sort of a serious guy.”

Up Next
Day reteams with Going the Distance costar Jason Sudeikis in next year’s Horrible Bosses, which stars Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. Sudeikis is also scheduled to guest-star on Sunny. ”If all goes according to plan,” says Day, ”anytime I’m walking down the street, people will be like, ‘Hey, man, where’s Sudeikis?”’