McPoyle is a ways from the one “Sunny” personality to be named next a real-life particular person, and not one of the characters are in particular flattering. Dennis Reynolds, as an example, was once named next 3 impaired buddies of line co-creator, superstar, and showrunner Rob McElhenney.
“I have a number of friends named Dennis, and then one of my best friend’s name is Tom Reynolds, and so I just fused those together for Dennis Reynolds,” he stated, giving the underwhelming backstory in the back of Dennis’ identify on the “Always Sunny” Podcast.
Dennis’ sister Dee, nicknamed Candy Dee, was once additionally impressed through anyone that McElhenney knew in genuine existence, however he wasn’t precisely reminiscent of the namesake in query. The line co-creator was once presented to Tom Morello from “Rage Against the Machine” at a barbeque within the early aughts, and his spouse was once nicknamed Candy Dee. Despite the fact that their assembly was once transient, the identify caught with him.
“I always thought, God, that’s an interesting, funny name, Sweet Dee,” the showrunner persisted. “Why do they call her that, I don’t know? And then I kind of forgot about it, for like three years. Three years I forgot about it. And then when I sat down to write the show, I don’t know why it popped into my head. I was like, maybe they call her Sweet Dee, that’s kind of fun. Yeah, that’s just a funny name.”
Alternative family have impressed “Sunny” characters that don’t percentage their identify, like the daddy of writer-producer Scott Marder (who inspired some of Frank’s weirdest moments). Charlie’s tailgating alter-ego the fairway guy, for example, was once every other impaired buddy of McElhenney’s, Life instructed Vice.