Joel McHale Talks Spirit Award Nominees And ‘Community’ Daddy Issues

Friday, February 25 by

Joel McHale is getting ready to host the Independent Spirit Awards this weekend, the day before the Oscars. He’s been burning through the 90 screeners he was given when he got the gig, and he shared some of his biased favorites with the press this week.

“I loved Exit Through the Gift Shop and I loved Restrepo,” McHale said. “After seeing Restrepo, I was like ‘Why wasn’t this bigger?’ Gosh, that documentary was crazy. I mean it was amazing! That was surprising, just that they got some of the footage that they got in such a crazy place where those soldiers are still. I guess I was surprised by Black Swan, without letting too many spoilers out. Before seeing it, I was just like oh, it’s kind of a chick movie but after watching it I just loved it. I was enthralled by it and I was not expecting it to be so dark. It was great. Natalie Portman’s performance is incredible.”

“Community” fans are still waiting to learn about Jeff Winger’s daddy issues. They came out the other week when Pierce faked an appearance by Mr. Winger, but Jeff seemed back to his normal self for class elections last night. He suspects it will be a while before we meet Jeff’s dad.

“I have not read the last two scripts so I don’t know if they would do that yet but I’m sure in Dan Harmon, who is a living genius, he has all those things bubble in his head and they come out at different times. There’s numerous characters so that sort of thing comes and goes. It ebbs and flows. You can only deal with it for so much of the episodes, so I don’t know. My guess is it’ll come back next year somehow. I’m hoping my father will be played by… oh, that’s a good question. I’m going to go with Matt Damon. I don’t know. That episode was by far the most you’d seen Jeff reveal about his family and he said some stuff about his mom along the way but yeah, that was kind of crazy. And you could see how much of a hot button it was as he tried to kill Pierce.”

The Independent Spirit Awards are Saturday. “Community” airs Thursdays on NBC.

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