Charlie Day From ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Says Louis C.K. Had to Have a ‘Social Reckoning’
According to actor Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the culture of canceling people is complex and layered. Day shared that sentiment while discussing comedian Louis C.K., who experienced what Day called a “social reckoning” after being accused of sexual misconduct.
Day appeared in C.K.’s film I Love You, Daddy, which C.K. apparently had to buy back from distributors after allegations surfaced. The film was released but panned because the content centered on a teen girl’s inappropriate relationship with a significantly older man.
Although he didn’t call out the film by name, Day discussed his initial excitement to be a part of the project but also the fallout that occurred almost simultaneously as the film debuted.
Louis C.K. is having a ‘social reckoning,’ according to Charlie Day
“We went to Toronto, to [the] Toronto Film Festival, and he’d sold it to a distributor,” Day revealed on the Life is Short with Justin Long podcast. “Then his whole thing hit the fan and the whole Me Too thing and all the stuff was coming out. I think he bought it back from the distributors. He said, ‘Here’s your money back. I’ll take it off your hands.'”
Day was involved in other projects. But when C.K. called about the movie Day was intrigued by the notion of working with actors like John Malkovich.
“I thought, wow, he’s working with [John] Malkovich, and he’s working with Edie Falco, and he always wins awards for everything he does,” Day said. “And I’ve not ever been a part of that crew, so it was like, OK, finally, I’m getting pulled into the group of people that are sort of critically acclaimed. Great. Let me go do that. So, that one, of course, turned out to be a disaster.”
Day then turned the conversation to the allegations against C.K.
“I think what’s happening is supposed to happen, right?” Day said. “It’s like, there’s a bit of a social reckoning that has to happen, and it’s unfortunate. It’s sure as sh*t messy, but I guess it’s just supposed to go down that way.”
Charlie Day discusses both sides of the conversation
Day reflected on how he enjoyed the experience of making the movie with C.K. and the other actors. And he expressed that he feels bad for the women who made the allegations against C.K.
“I can also feel bad for Louis, that he’s ruined his life,” Day said. “Clearly there’s some sort of problem that he had, but, you know, it’s a mess.”
Day went on to say that discussion about all aspects of the situation is important.
“I think people do need to say whatever they want to say on either side of it,” Day remarked. “If what people are saying is hurtful or malicious, then they’ll probably pay a price for it. And if what they’re saying has some intelligence behind it, then ultimately most, the majority of people, will hear that. I think that’s a part of it too.”