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Charlie Day finally gets to play the smart guy

HORRIBLE BOSSESCharlie Day, one of the twisted minds behind “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” is always a fun interview. That’s why it was so great to talk to him twice in a month, first for his voice work in “Monsters University” and then for “Pacific Rim.”

Not only is he very grounded but has a great sense of humor. On his role in the new action film “Pacific Rim,” Day says he’s excited that he finally isn’t playing “the dumb character.” He’s actually the smartest character in the upcoming film from director Guillermo del Toro about a war between giant robots and massive creatures. Day’s character is the one who comes up with a plan to stop the invasion.

Casting him in the role as a super genius shows the confidence del Toro had in Day. The director knew the actor from his work on “Sunny.” I’m not saying the character on the cable TV series is dumb but he once pretended to have cancer as a way of picking up women. And his character in “Monsters University,” Art, is a few pixel short of a full picture.

Day’s first meeting with del Toro was at the director’s house. He says the name of the area in Southern California where del Toro lives but I’ll leave that out as a matter of privacy.

“It was a part of town I never expected him to live in. I was looking for some big mansion or a castle and every house there is a ‘Leave It To Beaver’ type home. I finally knew I had found the right place when I came to a house where all the windows were blacked out,” Day says.

Smart thinking.

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