Charlie Kelly's 'It's Always Sunny' Illiteracy Was A Last-Minute Choice
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Spoiler Warning: The article contains a minor spoiler from season 15 of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Don't be a jabroni -- read ahead at your own risk.
Ahhh, Charlie Kelly, the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia gang's resident rat king, famed for obsessing over the waitress, beefing with Santa Claus for f--king his mom, and of course for being absolutely illiterate (well, except in Gaelic, as we recently learned when season 15's “The Gang Goes To Ireland” hit the small screen last month). But despite Charlie's penchant for making hieroglyphs great again, penning the rousing “money me, money now" speech that would undoubtedly bring a tear of pride to Abraham Lincon's eye, and uncovering the shocking Pepe Silvia mail conspiracy (whose name is apparently not a misreading of the state of Pennsylvania, contrary to popular fan theories), this illiteracy wasn't always a part of the Sunny plan.
Charlie wasn't originally intended to be illiterate. His inability to read and write was tossed in as a last-minute addition to season two's “The Gang Gives Back," a tidbit revealed on Monday's episode of The Always Sunny Podcast, hosted by the three cool guys behind Charlie, Mac, and Dennis/the show's creators: Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, and Glenn Howerton.