Anthony Michael Hall Gets the ‘Community’ Spirit

By , December 8, 2009
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Luckily for Anthony Michael Hall, his guest starring role in “Comparative Religion,” airing Thursday, Dec. 10, as campus bully Mike calls for layers of sweat clothes and finger gloves – and a fake dirty-blond mustache.
“The workers on the lot,” he says, “they’re always on bikes, and some lady from the painting shop drove by me. She said, ‘Some of the guys in the shop were saying that you’re that kid actor.’ ‘Yes, I am.’ ‘How long have you had that mustache?’ ‘Are you kidding me?’ She bought it.
“I honestly felt, as soon as they gave me the stupid sweat suit, workout belt over the sweats, cinched, the gloves – that’s all I needed.”
While Hall’s appearance on the comedy does represent a reunion of sorts between him and series star Chevy Chase since the two appeared in “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” it’s just as likely he’s on the show because he was in “The Breakfast Club” – since both it and “Community” are about a motley group of oddballs who bond after being thrown together at school.
It also didn’t hurt that Hall was already a fan.
“Seeing the trailers,” he says, “I was looking forward to it being really funny, so I DVRed it and watched it. Within two minutes, Danny (star Danny Pudi) did that great bit about Judd Nelson (in ‘The Breakfast Club’), and I was at home, laughing my butt off.
“To be honest with you, I had some kind of inkling, like, ‘I should be doing that series; Chevy’s on there.’ It was in my head.”
As to what’s next for Hall, he says, “I’ve got two films funded, so I’m going to produce two and direct one.”

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