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Charlie Day laments critics who act like you've 'MURDERED their grandmother'
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Charlie Day laments critics who act like you've 'MURDERED their grandmother'

Charlie Day laments critics who act like you've 'MURDERED their grandmother'
Photo: © ANP

Charlie Day has been reflecting on the poor reception his directorial debut, Fool's Paradise, received from critics.

The movie tells the story of a mute man recently released from a mental institution who is suddenly thrust into the limelight in Hollywood after his silence is mistaken for method acting.

It currently holds a rating of 19% on Rotten Tomatoes and 1.8 stars out of five on MovieMeter.

Day is most famously a writer and actor on one of the most acclaimed television comedies of all time, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, so isn't particularly used to seeing his projects receive such reviews, especially ones which he has written and directed himself.

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“It’s like slowing down to look at a car wreck on the side of the road,” he explained to The Independent.

“When someone has a beautiful review, and sees it for what you intended it to be, suddenly you feel great. You say, ‘Oh, right. This person gets it.’ And then two seconds later you read someone who acts like you’ve walked into their living room and murdered their grandmother.

"It just drags you down. But that’s what I’ve signed up for, right?”

Fool's Paradise co-starred Ken Jeong, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, John Malkovich and Ray Liotta.

Always Sunny's poor reviews

When Always Sunny first aired, it too wasn't warmly received by critics, but as time has gone on it has earned a fiercely loyal cult following, while the show really his its stride after the introduction of Danny DeVito as Frank Reynolds.

“When we first put Sunny out, we got horrible reviews,” Day recalled.

“They just completely misunderstood the intention of the comedy. It was the good grace of our partners at FX, understanding the show and liking it, that kept us alive.” 

The 16th season recently aired Day reckons Sunny is a “creative playground” and “the most fulfilling, wonderful creative experience of my life”.

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