It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: The Gang Takes Huntington Beach
Cast and crew from "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" made the Huntington Beach Pier their set on Wednesday in a special promo clip for their upcoming Season 11. The location proved fitting, given that it's also always sunny in Huntington Beach.
Fans of the raucous FXX show, two towering cranes, a dirt bike suspended in the air, and billowing puffs of white "safe" smoke crowded the pier on April 1, two days after the crew kicked off initial setup earlier in the week. Without permission to completely shut down the pier to the public, the group gracefully managed crowd control, and spectators behaved.
Charlie (Charlie Day), Frank (Danny DeVito), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Mac (Rob McElhenney), and Dennis (Glenn Howerton) graced the set, as did an erotic dancer, who appeared to, of course, be a friend of Frank's. Though we could barely make out the dialogue, we know these things for certain:
- Mac was extremely enthusiastic about his dirt bike stunt—just as Mac would be.
- He was wearing his signature blue Dickies.
- Dee was pissed about the antic—just as Sweet Dee would be.
- Dennis was filming the shenanigans with the gang's outdated camcorder, which we've seen in numerous episodes.
- Frank and his "date" shared a snow cone before she stripped down to her unmentionables.
- He affirmed that sex sells.
- Dee and Charlie accidentally set off a "bug bomb."
- It is always sunny in Philadelphia.
Paddy's Pub owners treated fans like gold throughout the shoot, stopping to sign autographs, pose for selfies, and make small talk. Charlie won for crowd-pleaser, chatting up folks on the sideline in-between takes.
The simulator bit, which features a Mac-motivated dirt bike stunt, will apparently be featured at Comic-Con and other conventions. A device housing about a dozen small, perhaps GoPro, cameras with a 360-degree view was mounted atop a dummy dressed as Mac for the final scene, which sees the bike ascending a wooden ramp and soaring into the sky over the Pacific Ocean, then plummeting into the sea. One of the producers tells us that we'll see the finished 5- to 6-minute segment in a virtual reality world of some sort in the future. Finally we'll get to experience ramping off the pier and crashing into the ocean. Finally.
While we didn't get to eat milk steak and talk bird law with Charlie as we'd planned, we did get confirmation that the gang are not the horrible Philadelphians we love so dearly from episode to episode, but rather a down-to-earth bunch who truly appreciate their fans.
That's a wrap, folks.