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Rob McElhenney Explains How ‘Mythic Quest’ Pulled Off the Most Beautiful Moments of ‘Quarantine’

Craig Smith




Spoilers forward for Mythic Quest: Quarantine (in addition to Season 1 of the collection).

These are powerful instances, and nice TV helps so much of individuals deal with them. So, even in quarantine, some exhibits are discovering methods to get to work, a minimum of one episode at a time, and one of them is the deceptively charming Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet. At the moment, the Apple TV+ comedy has launched a brand new particular episode, entitled “Quarantine,” to seize what life is like proper now, as all of us shelter in place from the invisible but lethal risk exterior.

“Quarantine” is a humorous but additionally heartfelt tackle the emotional toll of the coronavirus period, as seen by means of the each day interactions of the workers behind the recreation Mythic Quest, working from residence to maintain their recreation working although it looks like the world is falling aside. Filmed completely remotely, it’s one of Hollywood’s earliest makes an attempt to encapsulate what’s happening — whereas additionally giving us the probability to study what Mac from It’s At all times Sunny in Philadelphia‘s home seems like. (The reply: very nice.)


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Through (of course) video chat, Collider obtained co-creator/star Rob McElhenney to elucidate so much of the logistical particulars behind how this extremely difficult episode was filmed — from the superbly executed 12-part Rube Goldberg stunt which ends the episode, to how solid member/workers author Ashly Burch‘s actual hair modified the script, to who was actually hugging Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) throughout the episode’s emotional denouement (and the way it was filmed). Discover the solutions under, however solely learn after you’ve watched.

To start with the finish, let’s speak about the closing stunt and the way that got here collectively.

ROB McELHENNEY: With an incredible quantity of endurance and ingenuity on the half of about 4 or 5 totally different departments. It was one of the most difficult sequences of the most difficult episodes that I’ve ever been an element of producing. And it was additionally extremely enjoyable and satisfying.

The best way it began was, we simply beloved the concept of thematically having one thing that some variety of a problem {that a} group of individuals was tasked with reaching and needed to work collectively to realize it. And if one particular person messed it up, then it ruined it for everyone else. We thought that was an fascinating thematic thread that we might put by means of the total episode — clearly emblematic of what we’re all going by means of in the actual world, however we didn’t need to do it heavy-handed as a result of we’re a comedy, and we wished it to be enjoyable and light-weight and foolish, however in the end in the finish, triumph.

So we had this concept of connecting the packing containers all collectively and demonstrating how we’re all linked not directly, form or type, and that every particular person particular person is accountable for his or her personal actions, after which how it might have an effect on the group. So I known as our manufacturing designer and our particular results home and our prop division. And I mentioned, “That is what we’re fascinated by doing, what do you suppose?” And of course, like all crew members all the time, they are saying, “nice, that sounds nice. We will do it. In fact.” After which they dangle up, after which they go determine it out.


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What we wound up doing was all people remotely passing movies, forwards and backwards, making an attempt to determine which machines we wished to make use of and replicate primarily based on issues that we’d seen on-line and what we had provide you with on our personal. After which, finally touchdown on the sequence that you simply noticed of every particular person machine.

These have been constructed by our particular results man in his storage and by our manufacturing designer and their groups and our set decorators after which the property division. Additionally they created movies on methods to set them up and use them. [The machines] have been then sterilized, packed up into packing containers, picked up by a courier, taken to the actors’ residences, and left in a safe space. The actors then took them out of the field, sterilized them once more, and put them collectively. So then as soon as we had them, that was after we went into manufacturing on them and we shot them identical to we shot the relaxation of the scenes. We needed to go in sequential order to be sure that all of them lined up — this occurred over the course of two and a half weeks.

So, have been are you truly capable of execute it in actual time?

McELHENNEY: No, no, no. So, each of these packing containers is in every particular person actor’s home and so they’re working the digicam. So I used to be capable of primarily be on a Zoom name with the relaxation of the crew and my A.D. staff and all people. And we might simply bounce from home to deal with, to deal with, to deal with, to deal with, and folks would sign up and signal out and sign up and signal out. After which we might simply undergo and rip by means of it so as. When you have been up and operating, the precise taking pictures of it was not that troublesome. It was all the prep work that led as much as it.

Do you may have a favourite second from it?

McELHENNEY: Properly, sure. I imply, the second you understand from the very starting when Lou says, “Oh, CW will not be right here, we’re ready on him,” proper? That he’s the lacking field. And we all know that he’s been fighting expertise the total episode. You understand, consciously and unconsciously, that he’s going to point out up. He’s going to get there in time, proper? You simply know, as a result of of course we’re making a TV present and there’s going to be a contented ending. And but, I imply, I’ve seen it now. I edited it. I imply, I’ve seen it 50,000 instances and I nonetheless am excited when he pops on. I do know it’s going to occur. And it nonetheless excites me each time.

That’s great. In phrases of variety of broader manufacturing questions, I’m curious, does this episode rely in direction of your Season 2 order?

McELHENNEY: That is technically a Season 1 episode. So it’s going to go up onto the system as a bonus episode of Season 1.

Gotcha. So, about the second when Ian involves Poppy’s condo and hugs her — was that her hugging a physique double?

McELHENNEY: Sure. That was her hugging her husband. I used to be the solely particular person out of the total solid that ever left their home. And after I say I left my home, I went onto my avenue. So while you see me at evening there, that’s me strolling on my avenue. After which I wind up going into my very own storage. After which we lower the digicam and we choose up [Nicdao’s husband’s] digicam, and he’s now standing in the doorway.

We used a bit of bit of visible results assist and added some components of my silhouette to his, as a result of we’re structurally very totally different. He’s 6’2. He’s a strapping man. And I’m not.

Yet one more logistical query about the episode — Ashly Burch’s hair. Is that one thing you wrote into the script as a result of it’s what her hair seems like proper now?


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McELHENNEY: Properly, it’s humorous. It was not written in the script. She did have her wig together with her, in addition to Caitlin McGee, who performs Sue. That’s not [McGee’s] pure hair both. That’s a wig. So the wig was shipped to every actress after which Abby Roll, who’s our lead hair division head, walked them by means of methods to placed on the wig and ensure it was all arrange.

After which Ashley was arrange and it was the very very first thing we shot. And I spoke together with her in the morning. It was like eight AM. And she or he had the wig on and we Zoomed and I checked out it and I assumed it regarded nice. And she or he mentioned, “Yeah, by the means, so much of persons are fighting this very factor. How is it that she’s getting her hair dyed?” And I assumed, “Proper, my spouse [It’s At all times Sunny star Kaitlin Olson] is reducing my hair. I’m serving to my spouse to paint her personal hair. Sure, wouldn’t or not it’s nice if we simply addressed it and modify to the actuality of it?” And I’m like, “Fuck it. Take off the wig.” So she takes off the wig and her hair seems cool. And I’m like, “Nice, let’s go along with that.” In order that occurred 5 minutes earlier than we began rolling.

That’s superb. I’ve to wrap up, however I simply wished to say your own home is gorgeous. It looks like a pleasant place to quarantine in.

McELHENNEY: Sure. I imply, look, that’s actually what we have been addressing headfirst in the present. So I felt like if we have been going to do one thing like this, I wished to discover all areas of peoples’ expertise. And one of the issues I discover most fascinating is after I go to Twitter or I am going to Instagram and I see prosperous individuals complaining about having to wash their very own bogs for the first time of their fucking lives and making their very own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as if that is the most troublesome factor that they’ve ever needed to undergo. I assumed there’s was simply such an abject and profane tone-deafness to that, that I assumed, “Wow, we must always discover that.”

And so look, Sunny has been on the air for 14 years. I don’t suppose anyone thinks that I’m not doing fairly effectively, proper? Tv, proper or unsuitable, pays fairly effectively. However I additionally thought it may be in poor style to point out how effectively I’m dwelling, until we will work out a strategy to be sure that we’re being respectful of that — that I, as an actor and as a filmmaker, acknowledge how extremely and insanely lucky we’re to be in the place that we’re in and that this megalomaniac man that I play wouldn’t acknowledge that, and would simply take into consideration this as being an awesome expertise the place he will get to simply meditate in his backyard and not likely acknowledge how many individuals are really struggling. So we simply variety of lead all the means into it.

Mythic Quest: Quarantine is accessible now on Apple TV+.

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