Actor plays local clergyman in Fox comedy series
Q: What prompted you to take on the role of Father Joe in “Welcome to Flatch”?
A: I may have talked about Ricky Gervais’ character in “The Office” and how much I loved that format and would love to find a project like a docu-comedy.
I think (Fox entertainment chief Michael Thorn) and I were talking about it when we were shooting one day, or we were in Wilmington to shoot the pilot. And we all had dinner afterwards and we were like, “Oh, my God, we’re actually doing it. We talked about, you know, doing a comedy like this, and now we get a chance to do it.” Yeah, it was awesome.
Q: What do people in your life think about your playing a clergyman?
A: My mom was very, very excited about this, because she’s heavily involved with the church. When I said, “I’m playing Father Joe,” she was like, “Amen. Finally.”
Q: What made you feel equipped to play Father Joe?
A: I remember reading the pilot, and I saw that Father Joe was from Minneapolis. I was like, “Oh, I’m from Minnesota I’m perfect. I’m perfect for it.”
I think it was one of the first things I said to (the executive producers), too, when I was trying to sell myself for it: “Guys, listen, I’m from Minneapolis, I’m from Minnesota, so let’s just do this thing.”
Q: Do you consider Father Joe vastly different from most other parts you’ve done?
A: This is a very different character than I’ve played, because he’s a sweet, good guy who’s trying to do the best he can. I think he’s kind of a guy that might be a little in over his head in taking on a leadership role … maybe not the best guy to have this sort of responsibility, but he really tries. And I think it’s a lot of fun to play, and comedically, too.
He’s just trying to keep it together. But I definitely should never be a pastor, a minister, ever. Nobody wants that.