- By TVweb | Jun 28, 2012
Comedian and creator of the show Louis C.K.'s response to the outcry? "So what?" Which is typical of his say-anything demeanor. The star recently jumped on the phone to talk about this latest run of all-new episodes, which are proving to be even more radical than the past two seasons of this award darling and fan favorite sitcom.
Check out a handfull of clips, and then read on for what's to come in the following weeks.
First, he talked about the progression of his stand-up act over the years and especially how its changed since the show first aired two years ago.
I love standup. I love comedians. They're my community. And also, I guess, because I know so many of them, I know the value of them. I know what they can do. Comedians work great as actors because they're good under pressure. A lot of actors you have to sort of make them feel like everything's going really well to get a good performance out of them. But if you have a comedian on the set, you can tell them, "Hey, you really are screwing this up," and then they just get better. So they're valuable that way. And I loved bringing Steven Wright and Richard Lewis to my show in Chicago. That was really fun to do. They paid me a lot for the show, so I figured, "I don't need all this money. I'd rather have a great, great bunch of opening acts."
Louis C.K. does promise some great guest stars in the near future.
I love Melissa Leo very much as an actor, and so she was in my head. When I wrote the thing that she's in, I wrote it in my head for the kind of women I knew in Boston growing up, and then it just hit me...Melissa Leo would be amazing. It was very simple: we sent it to her reps, and in a few days she said yes. She just really responded to the material, and she showed up and took it very seriously. She really approached it the way I wanted her to as an actress, you know? On my show, there's not really a comedy muscle you have to use. We play most of the scenes kind of real or we play them straight for comedy rather than, you know, our eyebrows don't all go up like they do on most sitcoms, so somebody like her is perfect for my show.
It's all strictly scripted. We don't really improvise on my show. I guess if she would've had any problems, she wouldn't have shown up. But she was eager...It was hard for her to get into our set. She was shooting something in New Orleans, so we flew her in for a quick two days, and we had to sort of jam everything into two days. But that's how much she wanted it. She really wanted to do it.
Jerry Seinfeld is in-not the last three, but the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth episodes of this season are going to be a whole story of their own. It's going to be basically a three-part story, and it's kind of the biggest...It's what we put the most effort into, and Jerry is in that. I don't want to say anything about any of it because it's got a lot of guest stars, and a lot happens. It's a big turn for the character and for the show. It's a cool, fun story. I just don't want to talk about it. But Jerry did a part in that, and what he did was very different than what you're used to seeing Jerry do. Jerry turned in a really, really great performance. I was really happy."
Louis C.K. promises that he won't wallow in misery the entire season. In fact, he took his crew on a road trip.
Louis C.K. finally spoke more about the controversy surrounding his on-screen ex-wife.
The actress being as good as she was, the character felt right. And I guess I didn't care. I guess to me the racial thing is like...I think when people probably first see her, their brains do a little bit of DNA math and go, "I'm not sure I get how that would happen." And then I think with my show, most people, they go, "Oh, alright. Just go ahead," and then they watch the scene. The thing that's important is what's getting said. I think that her performance is really compelling and I just like that. I like what that character brings out in the story and in me on the show, so to me that trumped whatever logistical notion.
She's really direct, and she's very self-possessed, and she has got a great demeanor for somebody who has moved on in life. That's what she feels like to me, like she has moved on in life, and she's on a good new chapter. And I think she looks like she's in a better new chapter than me as far as us having shared a chapter earlier, so I think that is a good contrast."
Louie airs Thursday nights at 10:30 pm, only on FX.