There are going to be a lot of things worth celebrating when Psych 2: Lassie Come Home premieres this week on Peacock, but one of the more delightful ones has to be the appearance of Joel McHale. The actor has a real knack for making these surprising cameos these days — he turned up at the very start of DC’s Stargirl, and now he will be appearing in flashbacks here as the father of Carlton Lassiter. It’s a chance to learn more about Lassie’s formative years, which is important given that this character is so essential to this movie.
(For those who haven’t heard, a big fixation of Psych 2 is on Lassiter’s recovery after an injury on the job. He will be a focal point throughout.)
So what makes the appearance from McHale even better for the movie? Apparently, the fact that they producers and Timothy’s own family kept the casting a secret from him. Here’s some of what he had to say to TV Insider:
[Laughs] They did. Even my wife knew. No one would tell me, and I obviously wanted to know who because the character was so important. I kept bugging everybody, “Who’s playing my dad?” and [executive producer] Chris Henze and Steve Franks wouldn’t tell me. They were like, “We got a great guy. He came and he nailed the audition.” They went through incredible lengths to keep it hidden from me. I still to this day can’t believe it. Like I said, I’m friends with Joel and his wife, and the fact they kept it so long, that was amazing.
All of this led to a great moment where Joel walked on set to Omundson’s great delight, and the actor commented that it was one of the best laughs he’s had since suffering a major stroke that sidelined him for most of the first move, save for a small cameo.
Like everyone else in the Psych world, Omundson says that he’s interested in giving another movie a go, and through that we could see Lassiter’s recovery as mirrored through a lot of what he is going through.
How excited are you to see Psych 2: Lassie Come Home?
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